BW Supported Academic Software

Per BW’s Acceptable Use” policy, it is important to use BW's institutionally-supported software and systems.  Faculty, staff, and students who choose to download and use other applications could be at risk for spyware, malware, viruses, or having their personal or intellectual data used by others.  Unsupported programs can sometimes pose security threats to the BW network when connected to BW email accounts or other BW systems.  The BW HelpDesk can only provide assistance for BW-supported software and systems.
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BW is a Microsoft partner campus.  To view all of the Microsoft applications and software available, CLICK HERE.  

BW students are eligible to download a free copy of the latest version of Microsoft Office Suite for Windows or Mac!  Download HERE.


Panopto is BW's video capture and storage application.  Students may be asked to create video presentations in Panopto.  CLICK HERE to log into Panopto.  (From the login menu, choose to log in with Blackboard.)

Creating video content in Panopto

Panopto video tutorial for students

Submitting a Panopto video to Bb

Panopto Hot Keys: Windows  or  Mac


BW has an enterprise-wide license for Zoom.  This means that all faculty, staff, and students are able to use Zoom with a pro-account (not limited to 40 minute sessions).  As another option for synchronous video, Microsoft Teams is a great solution for meeting with groups or teams.  Learn more about each of these options here.


Your instructor may use Poll Everywhere for interactive review & quiz sessions.  You will be given instructions from your course instructor on how to respond to polls with your cell phone!  


VoiceThread is used to record narration over PowerPoint slides. Your instructor may have you contribute to a Voice Tread by adding audio or video comments.

Find your BW VoiceThread account

VoiceThread video tutorials

Video: how to record in VoiceThread

Video: how to comment on VT slides

Video: how to share a presentation


Respondus is used for remote test taking.  This is an optional tool that some instructors may choose to use.  Respondus Lockdown Browser prevents students from navigating to any other websites or programs during an exam.  Respondus Monitor uses a student's webcam to record activity during an exam.  Your instructor will provide additional details.   Download the software HERE.  

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Copyleaks Anti-Plagiarism

Copyleaks is a new tool available to BW faculty to check the academic integrity of student work.  It will detect plagiarism in many languages and uses AI to identify text that has been altered to obscure plagiarism.  Always submit original work... plagiarism will be caught 100% of the time!

Copyleaks Guide for Students


BW's "Virtual Desktop" provides remote access to BW lab software, your H:drive (network storage space),  Microsoft Office productivity apps, and more.  

Download the Virtual Desktop client HERE.


The Cuyahoga County Public Library provides FREE access to LinkedIn Learning for all patrons with a LinkedIn account.  You will need to register for a library card and create a PIN.  BW students and faculty are not required to live in Cuyahoga County to apply for a library card.  LinkedIn Learning is a collection of high-quality online  videos tutorials on many subjects.