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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

To ensure you are set up to receive Campus Emergency Alerts , please follow the steps below:

Free Internet at Home for Students

Academic Computing Lab Student Software

Software Free to Download Documentation Link to download
(Alternative to WinZip)
Yes 7-Zip FAQs
Adobe AirYes Adobe Air Documentation
ACD ChemSketchYes ACD Labs Resource Library
FileZillaYes FileZilla Client Documentation
Freedom Scientific Fusion
(Jaws & ZoomText)
Yes Freedom Scientific Documentation
Google ChromeYes Get Started with Chrome Browser
Java JREYes Java Help Center
Java JDKYes 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 Visual StudioYes Azure Dev Tools for Teaching
Mozilla FirefoxYes Learn the Basics: get started
NetBeansYes NetBeans Documentation, Training & Support
PHStatYes, with textbook PHStat: Installation and Use
ProSeriesNo, Free Trial
(No e-file or print)
ProSeries Videos and FAQs
PuTTyYes PuTTY Documentation Page
Respondus Lockdown BrowserYes Using LockDown Browser - Student Instructions
R-SeriesYes The R Manuals
RStudio DesktopYes RStudio Documentation
SPSS Portal
VLC PlayerYes VLC Documentation
Windows 10Yes Azure Dev Tools for Teaching
ZoomYes Getting Started with Zoom

Departmental Student Software

Software Free to Download Documentation Link to download
AllegroCLYes Allegro CL version 10.1 Documentation
ArcGISNo, Free 21 Day Trial Documentation for ArcGIS
ArduinoYes Getting Started with Arduino Web Editor
AudacityYes Audacity Manuals (with Tutorials and FAQ)
Comic LifeNo, Free 30 Day Trial PLASQ Support
DNA MasterYes DNA Master Installation Guide
ETAPNo, Free 30 Day Demo Start Using ETAP Demo
FolditYes Foldit Wiki
LogicWorksNo, Free Demo Available What is LogicWorks for Windows?
MapleNo, Free 15 Day Trial Maplesoft Documentation Center
NotePad++Yes Notepad++ Online Help
OrCAD PSpice Designer LiteNo, Free Trial Available OrCAD Resource Hub
PhameratorYes Phamerator GUI Quick Start Guide
PythonYes Python Documentation
QGISYes QGIS Documentation
SAP2000No, Evaluation Available SAP2000 Watch and Learn Video Tutorials
SWI PrologYes SWI Prolog Reference Manual
TuneWizardYes TuneWizard Resources
VMWare Workstation PlayerNo, Evaluation Available VMware Documentation
Wolfram CDF PlayerYes Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center

Last updated 5/19/2022 7:04 AM