Instructional Software

Licensed Software Available to Faculty and Staff

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect can be used to deliver lectures at a distance. Instructors who are out-of-town can deliver a class online to their students. If they teach in a computer equipped classroom, they can also bring in guest speakers to talk to their students, using a headset/microphone and a web cam. Some instructors use these live meeting sessions as virtual office hours to answer students’ questions. All Connect sessions can be recorded easily and instructors can make the links available to those students who weren’t able to attend the session. With the newest release, Connect also offers breakout rooms, the editing and downloading of recordings, and additional options for managing access and entry.

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Camtasia is computer screen recording and video editing software.  You can use Camtasia to narrate and record PowerPoint slides, Web pages, or software demonstrations, edit and enhance recordings, create captions for audio, create in-video quizzes that integrate with Blackboard, and more.

Echo 360

Echo 360 is a technology that allows instructors to video capture their classrooms. It allows the instructor to not only record the voices in the room, but it is also has the capability to connect to computers, document capture equipment (records information written on a piece of paper) or SMART Boards so that the instructional materials (i.e. PowerPoints, “writing” on the board, writing on paper) are also available.



FileLocker allows you to share files with other people both inside and outside of Purdue University. It is a temporary and secure storage system for sharing files and data.


Video Express

Video Express is a series of self-service video recording sites that allow faculty and staff to:

  • Easily record high-quality video in a pre-calibrated recording facility.
  • Incorporate multiple digital inputs into video, such as PowerPoint slides, movie files, and websites, in addition to the video and audio of the presenter.
  • Automatically upload recorded videos to a media server for quick online retrieval through the Video Express Website.


i>Clicker is an an audience response system allows students to instantly provide feedback and answer questions posed by their instructors.


iTunes U

iTunes U  is a tool used for podcasting. A podcast is a free video or audio series that you download from iTunes and play on your computer, mp3 player, or other media.



Qualtrics is Web-based survey software available for use by all Purdue Faculty, Students and Staff to support teaching and research at Purdue. Surveys can be created and distributed by anyone with a career account.



IDEA provides assessment and feedback systems to improve learning in higher education.



Respondus is a powerful application for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to Blackboard. Respondus includes time-saving features such as a Windows-style editor, spell checking, a mathematical equation editor, multimedia support, one-click archiving of exam, the ability to move an exam from one eLearning system to another, and so much more.

Click here to download Respondus.


SPSS 15.0

SPSS is a comprehensive system for analyzing data. SPSS can take data from almost any type of file and use them to generate tabulated reports, charts, and plots of distributions and trends, descriptive statistics, and complex statistical analyses. SPSS makes statistical analysis more accessible for the beginner and more convenient for the experienced user.

Software Available in OIT Labs

Adobe Suite


Acrobat is used primarily to scan documents directly to an Acrobat PDF, or Portable Document File. It can also be used to save files from other programs, such as Word to PDF. This is the best format to use for files you want others to view, but not edit.


Dreamweaver is a professional environment for building Web applications. A Web application is a collection of pages that interact with each other and with various resources on a Web server, including databases. Dreamweaver is also a professional editor for creating and managing Web sites.


Adobe Illustrator software allows you to create sophisticated artwork for virtually any medium. Industry-standard drawing tools, flexible color controls, and professional type controls help you capture your ideas and experiment freely, while timesaving features such as easier-to-access options let you work quickly and intuitively.


Adobe InDesign is a desktop publishing software application which can be used to create anything from posters, flyers, and brochures to full magazines or books.


Adobe Photoshop is a graphics editing program. It is the current and primary market leader for commercial image manipulation software.


Fireworks is the solution for professional Web Graphics Design and production. Use Fireworks to create, edit, and animate Web Graphics, add advanced interactivity, and optimize images in a professional environment. Fireworks combines both bitmap and vector editing tools.


The Flash package contains a variety of media to help you learn the program quickly and become proficient in creating your own Flash Player movies.


iLife Suite

iLife Suite is for Mac only and includes various Apple programs such as iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, and Garage Band.


iTunes is Apple’s digital media player and is used to organize and browse your entire digital collection including music and videos.


iPhoto is used to manage and arrange all your photos.


iMovie is used to organize, edit, and create your personal videos.


iDVD is for creating your own DVD’s to play back on your TV, Mac or PC.


iWeb helps you design your own website.

Garage Band

Garage Band enables you to write music, record a song, and learn how to play an instrument.



Microsoft Office Suite

New Features in Office 2013


Microsoft Access 2013

Access can be used by programmers and non-programmers to create their own database solutions.

Microsoft Excel 2013

Excel is a spreadsheet program. Excel is primarily used to calculate and analyze numerical data. Excel may also be used to create graphs and charts from numerical data.

What’s New in Excel 2013

Excel 2013 Tutorials

Microsoft Outlook 2013

Microsoft Outlook is the supported e-mail client at Purdue Calumet. All faculty are provided with Outlook accounts to use for their e-mail needs.

What’s New in Outlook 2013

Microsoft PowerPoint 2013

PowerPoint is a presentation program. PowerPoint is primarily used to create electronic presentations. It can also be used to create printed presentations on paper and transparency.

What’s New in PowerPoint 2013

PowerPoint 2013 Tutorials

Microsoft Publisher 2013

Publisher is a desktop publishing program. Publisher is primarily used to create graphic-intense documents such as banners, posters, and flyers.

Microsoft Word 2013

Word is a word processing program. It can also be used to create flyers, posters, labels, etc.

What’s New in Word 2013

Word 2013 Tutorials

Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac

Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac is available on Mac OS


Nero 6 Ultra Edition

Nero 6 is the software used in conjunction with the CD Burners. Refer to help sheets on Creating CD’s for more information.

Open Mind 2.0

Open Mind is a learning tool that instructors and students can use to map out ideas, lessons, reports, books, etc. in a logical way.

Scansoft OmniPage Pro 16.0

OmniPage is an Object Character Recognition (OCR) program. OmniPage is used primarily to scan text documents and then convert them into word format. It can also be used to save files in Excel and other program formats. This is the best program to use to scan printed text documents into a format that can be edited electronically.


ScreenCorder is a tool for streaming and archiving video screen captures. However, it is robust and flexible enough to suit a broad variety of needs. For instance, its first use was to stream live video from university TA sessions and maintain archives of these videos. Since then, it has grown to include several output methods (record to file, push and archive to a Windows Media streaming server, stream directly from the encoding machine) and a myriad of niceties for managing screen captures.


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