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Student Resources

Listed below are links to video tutorials and additional content to help students become more familiar with various software programs, technologies, and online services.

Blackboard Collaborate 

Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate) is a web-based video conferencing system which allows participants to engage in two-way audio, multi-point video, interactive whiteboard, application and desktop sharing, rich media, breakout rooms, and session recording.

Bb Collaborate Web Conferencing System Requirements
Bb Collaborate System Check
Bb Collaborate On-Demand Learning:  Web Conferencing
Bb Collaborate Documentation and Recorded Training for Participants
Bb Collaborate Technical Support

Dreamweaver CS6

Dreamweaver provides an intuitive visual interface for website creation and editing, and offers up-to-date compatibility with web standards.

Dreamweaver CS6 Resource List (PDF)

eiu online (Desire2Learn)

Desire2Learn (D2L) is the official learning management system for all courses at EIU.

eiu online Quick Guide (PDF)
eiu online Performance Checklist (PDF)
eiu online & Respondus LockDown Browser Quick Guide (PDF)
eiu online Overview Video Tutorial
eiu online Email Video Tutorial
eiu online Notifications Video Tutorial
eiu online Locker Video Tutorial
eiu online Binder Video Tutorial
eiu online Performance Checklist Video Tutorial

Final Cut

Final Cut is a non-destructive and non-linear video editing program that allows users to edit a wide range of digital video to produce a video project.

Final Cut Video Tutorials on YouTube


Grammarly is an automated grammar tutor and revision support tool. It helps in developing essential writing skills, reinforcing proper revision habits, and preventing plagiarism.

Grammarly @ EIU
Grammarly Quick Guide (PDF)

Gregg Technology Center (GTC)

The GTC and its staff provide Eastern Illinois University’s students, staff, and faculty with creative, innovative, and effective uses of established and emerging technologies in a lab environment.

EIU Instructor Stations Video Tutorials on YouTube
GTC Equipment Checkout Video Tutorials on YouTube
GTC Multimedia Resources Video Tutorials on YouTube


iDVD is a software program used to create menus for DVD projects and to burn video to DVDs. You can open iDVD directly, or from the Share menu in iMovie when you are ready to burn your DVD.

iDVD PDF Manual

iMovie 11

iMovie is a video editing software application developed by Apple.

iMovie 11 Video Tutorials on YouTube
iMovie 11 Basic Training Participant Outline (PDF)
iMovie 11 Advanced Training Outline (PDF)

iPhoto 11

iPhoto is a digital photograph manipulation software application developed by Apple.

iPhoto 11 Quick Guide (PDF)

iWeb 11

iWeb was a template-based WYSIWYG website creation tool developed by Apple.

iWeb 11 Resource List (PDF)


Lynda.com is an online subscription library that teaches the latest software tools and skills through high-quality instructional videos taught by recognized industry experts. 

Lynda.com @ EIU

Photoshop Intermediate

Photoshop is a graphics editing program developed and published by Adobe Systems.

Photoshop Intermediate Participant Outline (PDF)


Qualtrics software enables users to conduct online data collection and analysis including market research, customer satisfaction and loyalty, product and concept testing, employee evaluations and website feedback. 

Qualtrics @ EIU
Qualtrics Quick Guide

Respondus LockDown Browser

Respondus LockDown Browser is a secure browser for taking quizzes in Desire2Learn preventing students from printing, copying, going to another URL, or accessing other applications during an assessment.

Respondus LockDown Browser Quick Guide (PDF)


The Smart Board is an interactive whiteboard that uses touch detection for user input in the same way as normal PC input devices. 

SMART Board Participant Outline (PDF)


SPSS is a Windows based program that can be used to perform data entry and analysis and to create tables and graphs. SPSS is capable of handling large amounts of data and can perform all of the analyses covered in the text and much more.

SPSS 20 Quickguide and Demonstration Files (ZIP file download)
SPSS 17 Video Tutorials on YouTube

Video Production Basics

Video Tutorials on YouTube


Wikispaces Private Label is a secure, dedicated wiki environment created for EIU by wikispaces.com. 

Wikispaces @ EIU