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, hover over the Software tab and click on Microsoft.  

Click here to download a free copy of the latest version of Microsoft Office Suite for Windows or Mac!


Panopto is BW's video capture and storage application.  Students may be asked to create video presentations in Panopto. 

Creating video content in Panopto

Panopto video tutorial for students

Submitting a Panopto video to Bb

Panopto Hot Keys: Windows  or  Mac


BW currently supports three robust video conferencing tools:  Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams.  Click here for more details or select the "Virtual Meet" tab at the top of this page.


Poll Everywhere is for building online polls.  Students respond from their own mobile devices.  Review & quiz sessions are fun with PE.  Faculty should contact a BW Instructional Designer to get a Poll Everywhere account.  Registered users log in at:


VoiceThread is used to record narration in PowerPoint presentations.  Instructors can have students add audio or video comments to a VT.

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


Faculty who utilized proctored tests will use Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor.  The Lockdown Browser prevents remote test-takers from accessing anything from their computer or on the internet.  The Monitor feature uses the student's webcam to record the session.  Faculty will provide details on how to download the Respondus software.


BW's "Virtual Desktop" client allows users to access most campus lab software remotely.

Install the VM software client

Infographic: Connecting to remote programs


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.

Click here to view all of the FREE software downloads that BW makes available to students, faculty, or staff.