A-Z Index

Faculty Software

Course Templates

Course Templates provide a consistent design for courses where you may have multiple sections or for an entire program.  The course template helps students feel more comfortable with navigation within a course and where to find certain content or resources since the same consistent template is used in all sections or course sites. Your course template can include welcoming and visually interesting images specifically designed for the course content. Using our software Cidilabs, the Learning & Teaching Center can help you develop a course template that draws the students into your course, navigation, and content similar to the Online Professional template.  If you would like to take a look at some course template examples or have one created for a multi-section course or a program, contact our office.


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.


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.



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 test bank in Respondus format to make for easy transfer of questions to the course site. Click the icon to the left for more information about retrieving quizzes from Northwest Online into Respondus.


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.


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. 



Portfolium 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. Portfolium is available to all Northwest students Online Tutoring is an online tutoring system that 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 Portal. It can also be found in the Rich Content editor within Northwest Online.

Course Evaluation

Course Evaluation is the software used for Student Reflections (Course Evaluations). It has several advantages, 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.



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


Attendance Tracking System (ATS Management)

The Attendance Tracking System is a system for faculty to use to track attendance for their classes. There are different ways to take attendance. The first way is using the Kiosk method. ATS Kiosks are installed in specific classrooms on campus. Students swipe their student IDs in the kiosk while entering the room. This will record their attendance for the day. Attendance can also be tracked by ATS Manually Selection of the students present using seating charts or rosters. The third method, ATS Import Selection is an import of a text file that includes the students’ ID numbers. Or the attendance can be tracked from students’ devices using the access code generated by the teacher.

ATS Management is integrated into Canvas and open for all classes on campus in each trimester. All faculties can access it through Northwest Online (Canvas) course site. Contact the LTC if you have any questions about ATS.