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Taking Classes Online and Remotely

In the event of a campus closure due to weather, illness, or other emergency, the University of Houston-Downtown offers several ways for students to continue classes online and off-campus. Any closure will be officially announced through the University's website and via campus emergency alerts.

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​Additional Resources

  • Pearson Digital Materials (free of charge)
  • Cengage: For US colleges experiencing unplanned, mid-semester impacts due to COVID-19, Cengage is offering students free access to all our digital platforms and 14,000 ebooks through Cengage Unlimited, for the remainder of this semester.
  • Follet: edShelf Responds.
    • Providing you simple, free access to eBooks during complicated times.
    • To ensure that all students have access to their course materials amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, we're partnering with the publishing community to provide you with up to 7 free eBooks from participating publishers. (Program applies to students at non-profit, semester-based schools, and access runs through May 25th.)
  • Wiley has made WileyPLUS, Knewton Alta and zyBooks available through the Spring 2020 term. Also, the company has made more than 5,000 COVID-19-related articles freely available on a Wiley Online Library site.
  • JoVE has made its educational video content available through Jun. 15, 2020. That includes free access to the three types of resources: JoVE Core, a video textbook that covers core concepts in biology and social psychology to improve learning comprehension; JoVE Science Education, a collection of easy-to-understand video demonstrations in eight STEM fields; and Lab Manual, curriculum for introductory biology lab courses. The company is also making its curriculum specialists available to help faculty map JoVE videos to their curriculum at no charge.

Sign Up For Emergency Alerts

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Free Internet at Home for Students


Academic Computing Lab Student Software

​Software Free to Download ​Documentation ​Link to download
​7-Zip
(Alternative to WinZip)
​Yes 7-Zip FAQs
​Adobe Air ​Yes Adobe Air Documentation
​ ​ACD ChemSketch ​Yes ACD Labs Resource Library
​FileZilla ​Yes FileZilla Client Documentation
​Freedom Scientific Fusion
(Jaws & ZoomText)
​Yes Freedom Scientific Documentation
​Google Chrome ​Yes Get Started with Chrome Browser
​IBM SPSS​No Available for Purchase​
​Java JRE ​Yes Java Help Center
​Java JDK ​Yes Java SE Documentation ​​
​Microsoft Office Professional
  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Access
  • Publisher
​YesOffice 365 Documentation ​​
Microsoft Office Professional
  • Project
  • Visio
​Yes Azure Dev Tools for Teaching
​Microsoft Silverlight ​Yes About Silverlight and FAQs
​Microsoft Visual Studio ​Yes Azure Dev Tools for Teaching
​Mozilla Firefox ​Yes Learn the Basics: get started
​NetBeans ​Yes NetBeans Documentation, Training & Support
​PHStat ​Yes, with textbook PHStat: Installation and Use
​ProSeries ​No, Free Trial
(No e-file or print)
ProSeries Videos and FAQs
​PuTTy ​Yes PuTTY Documentation Page
​Respondus Lockdown Browser ​Yes Using LockDown Browser - Student Instructions ​​
​R-Series ​Yes The R Manuals ​​
​RStudio Desktop ​Yes RStudio Documentation ​​
​VLC Player ​Yes VLC Documentation
​Windows 10 ​Yes Azure Dev Tools for Teaching
​Zoom ​Yes Getting Started with Zoom

Departmental Student Software

​Software ​Free to Download ​Documentation ​Link to Download
​AllegroCL Yes Allegro CL version 10.1 Documentation
​ArcGIS ​No, Free 21 Day Trial Documentation for ArcGIS
​Arduino ​Yes Getting Started with Arduino Web Editor
​Audacity ​Yes Audacity Manuals (with Tutorials and FAQ)
​Comic Life ​No, Free 30 Day Trial PLASQ Support
​DNA Master ​Yes DNA Master Installation Guide
​ETAP ​No, Free 30 Day Demo Start Using ETAP Demo
​Foldit ​Yes Foldit Wiki
​LogicWorks ​No, Free Demo Available What is LogicWorks for Windows?
​Maple ​No, Free 15 Day Trial Maplesoft Documentation Center
​NotePad++ ​Yes Notepad++ Online Help
​OrCAD PSpice Designer Lite ​No, Free Trial Available OrCAD Resource Hub
​Phamerator ​Yes Phamerator GUI Quick Start Guide
​Python ​Yes Python Documentation
​QGIS ​Yes QGIS Documentation
​SAP2000 ​No, Evaluation Available SAP2000 Watch and Learn Video Tutorials
​SWI Prolog ​Yes SWI Prolog Reference Manual
​TuneWizard ​Yes TuneWizard Resources
​VMWare Workstation Player ​No, Evaluation Available VMware Documentation
​Wolfram CDF Player ​Yes Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center

Last updated 7/7/2021 2:47 PM