Resources for online learners

This page offers tips and advice for Brightspace, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft 365, Panopto, and Respondus Monitor — software we use to teach remotely.


Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365 is a cloud-based subscription service from Microsoft that brings together the best tools for the way people collaborate today. By combining best-in-class apps like Excel and Outlook with powerful cloud services like OneDrive and Microsoft Teams, Microsoft 365 lets anyone create and share anywhere on any device.

As a member of The University of Akron, you can access Microsoft 365 for free. Students can use Microsoft 365 for up to one year after graduation. Office can be installed on your Mac or Windows PC or, on your iOS, Android or Windows Mobile device.

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a collaboration app that you can use to communicate with the members of your class or group. You can use written messages along with audio and video calls in MS Teams. Because it’s in the Office 365 suite, you have free access to MS Teams as a University of Akron student. Learn more about MS Teams for students here.

Tip: For the best experience, find a quiet location with reliable internet connection and privacy to participate in online course meetings. This will be a great opportunity for you to experience the collaborative learning of a classroom environment.


Panopto is a popular tool that many instructors use to record lectures. If your instructor is using Panopto, you will find the link(s) in your Brightspace course content. No software is required to view the lectures though some faculty may ask that you install the software on your Mac, PC, iOS or Android device to submit a “virtual” presentation to the class. Tips on getting the most from Panopto lectures can be found at the Panopto Support site.

Respondus Monitor

Respondus Monitor helps to protect the integrity of online exams by recording the testing session for each individual student through the use of a webcam and microphone. Using Monitor also requires students to use Respondus LockDown Browser. You can find resources for students here.

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