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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.

Click a topic below to review more information:

​Sign Up For Campus Emergency Alerts Resources from Vendors
​Student Instructions
Free Internet at Home for Students
Available Software
Student Resources
Academic Computing Lab Student Software
Student Online course tools and training materials
(Blackboard, zoom, O365/OneDrive, VoiceThread, etc.)

​Departmental Student Software
Respondus Lockdown Browser

LinkedIn learning (Training Videos and Documents)

Get Support


​Additional Resources

  • 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.)
  • 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 MyUHD 2.0:


Free Internet at Home for Students


Academic Computing Lab Student Software

Please note due to Covid-19, all computer labs on campus are closed until further notice.  

​Software
Free to Download
​Documentation
​Link to download
​7-Zip
(Alternative to WinZip)
​Yes
7-Zip FAQs

​Adobe Air
​Yes
Adobe Air Documentation

​Adobe Flash Player
​Yes
Flash Player Help


​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 
​Yes
Fill out this form to request SPSS

​Java JRE
​Yes
JDK 8 and JRE 8 Installation Start Here

​Java JDK
​Yes
JDK 8 and JRE 8 Installation Start Here

​Microsoft Office Professional
  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Access
  • Publisher
​Yes
Office 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 9/11/2020 7:41 AM