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The learning & teaching Center provides Northwest faculty and students with Turnitin's plagiarism prevention software. This product may be used to check whether submitted Microsoft Word files contain plagiarized materials. Every paper submitted is returned in the form of a customized Originality Report. Results are based on exhaustive searches of billions of pages from both current and archived instances of the Internet, millions of student papers previously submitted to Turnitin, and commercial databases of journal articles and periodicals. Click the icon at the left to connect with the turnitin documentation for northwest online.

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microsoft office 365

office 365 is the suite of microsoft applications available to all faculty, staff, and students. this includes microsoft word, excel, access, outlook, powerpoint, skype for business, publisher, and onedrive.

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zoom is a web conferencing software which allows for real-time sharing of voice and video, as well as computer screens, applications and web-based content among two or more computers or mobile devices. contact mike grudzinski for more information at 562-1532 or

respondus 4.0

respondus is an exam management tool. it is used to upload and download exams. it can also be used to create paper exams. check to see if your publisher has a testbank in respondus format to make for easy transfer of questions to course site. click the icon to the left for more information about retrieving quizzes from northwest online into respondus.

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respondus lockdown browser

respondus lockdown browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within northwest online. when lockdown browser is used during an online exam, you are unable to go to other urls, switch applications, take screenshots, copy questions or print. it essentially locks you into the exam until it's submitted.

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respondus monitor

respondus monitor is a webcam feature for lockdown browser that records students during online, non-proctored quizzes. when this feature is enabled for a quiz, students are required to use a webcam and microphone with lockdown browser. after the quiz is complete, an instructor can review details of the assessment, even the recorded videos. students pay an additional $15 annually for a respondus monitor license. the license fee covers all courses for one year from the date the license was purchased by the student. 

note: if monitor is going to be used in a course, a note regarding the additional cost to the student must be added to catpaws prior to students enrolling. 

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udoit is an application software found inside northwest online (canvas). it is found in the left-hand navigation bar under the link udoit. the universal design online content inspection tool, or udoit (pronounced, “you do it”) enables faculty to identify accessibility issues in their canvas course content. it will scan a course, generate a report, and provide resources on how to address common accessibility issues.


Portolium is a social networking platform that allows university students and recent graduates to connect with businesses and employers and present their previous academic work and projects to supplement their resumes. At this time faculty must contact the learning & teaching Center in order to sign up students to use portfolium for profession-based learning projects.

smarthinking online tutoring

smarthinking is an online tutoring system which is housed inside northwest online (canvas). students have access to this link in the left-hand navigation bar. the link is labeled online tutoring.


vidgrid is a video creation and editing software located inside northwest online (canvas). both faculty and students are able to access and use this software. it is located in the left-hand navigation bar under the link vidgrid recording. it can also be found in the visual editor within northwest online under the “v” icon.

to help schools prepare for the possibility of completely remote classes, vidgrid has compiled a list of preparedness tutorials for instructors to start using video in their courses.


evaluationkit is the software now being used for student reflections (course evaluations). it has several advantages over our previous student reflection software, including the ability for faculty to change the dates/times the reflections are open for their students, the ability to automatically send out reminders to students to take their evaluations, the ability for students to access these reflection forms through northwest online, and the ability for instructors to access their results.

click the title for listing of support documents.

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audacity is a freeware audio recording software that allows multi-track recording. great for building pod-casts.

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techsmith capture (formerly jing)

techsmith capture is a free screen capture and screen recording tool.

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