Instructional Software

UIS students, faculty, and staff have access to a rich collection of software applications for general computing, research, and multimedia development.

Faculty may request additional software in support of their instruction by sending e-mail to Kara McElwrath [] with a description of the classroom need. Requests must be made eight weeks in advance, and request fulfillment is contingent on availability of funding.

Accessing Software Off-Campus

In an effort to improve ease of access of instructional software, users may take advantage of Citrix Virtual Desktop. This process allows users (whether on or off campus) to access a virtual computer that runs all software for which UIS has licensing.

To access Citrix, and log in with your NetID and password. Files may be saved to Documents, up to 200 MB, temporarily for the duration of the semester. All files will be deleted at the end of each semester. Files saved any location other than Documents will not be saved. (For example, files should NOT be saved to the Desktop.) We encourage you to take advantage of  cloud storage, such as Box or Google Drive, to safely and securely store your files.

A list of software available on Citrix [PDF] is available. Please contact Kara McElwrath to request additional software for Citrix.

Citrix also works on mobile devices through the free Citrix Receiver app. Go to your mobile device store and search for Citrix Receiver. The server name is

Citrix Virtual Desktop also works for Mac users. However, if you are running Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, you may need to adjust the security settings [PDF] in order to install the Citrix Receiver app. You will also need to trust the certificate.  To do so,

  1. Download the usertrust.crt file
  2. Double-click the certificate and click Add to add it to your keychain
  3. Reboot your computer

Having trouble connecting to Citrix?

Mac users: If you are getting an error loading the plug-in, try this the steps from the { Tips 4 Teks } blog.

Windows users: Run the Receiver Clean-Up Utility

Also, be sure to click Desktops in the button bar at the top the first time you log into Citrix to see your available desktops. You can click Details next to your desktop to add it the Favorites button for quicker access.

List of Instructional Software

Software WebStore

As a new service provided by Software Services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Software WebStore distributes many software packages for free or at a fraction of their usual costs. Students and faculty can enjoy prices as high as 80% off the retail found in most stores. Logon to the Software WebStore to start taking advantage of these incredible savings. If you have general or technical questions about this offer please email


Turning Point

TurningPoint™ Software enables educators, trainers and presenters to administer real-time, assessments of audience participants from within MS PowerPoint. With TurningPoint™, your PowerPoint installation transforms into a tool that can seamlessly identify and confirm participant understanding, increase participant attentiveness and comprehension, gather, rank and report critical information simultaneously with your delivery of live face-to-face events. Further analysis of student input can be provided via TurningPoint™ functionality that moves data into preformatted MS Excel and MS Word templates. Communicate and share information collected with Microsoft Outlook. Logon to the Software WebStore for the latest guides and version.


U of I Oracle Site License

The Oracle site license covers a set of Oracle server products for educational, research, and administrative use and 24/7 support for all students, faculty and staff at all University of Illinois campuses. The products covered under the license include:

  • Oracle 9i database
  • Oracle 10g database
  • Oracle 9i application server
  • Oracle 10g application server
  • Oracle 9i client
  • Oracle 10g client
  • Advanced Security
  • Diagnostics Management Pack
  • Tuning Management Pack
  • Change Management Pack
  • Oracle Internet File System

You can download Oracle software from the Oracle TechNet website. You can also purchase Oracle software on hard media [CD Packs] from the Oracle Store website.

Please email to Rogelio Salvador [] with questions regarding Oracle products.


Microsoft Office

UIS faculty and staff may obtain the latest version of the Office suite software for their university-owned machines by contacting ITS Client Services.

UIS students and employees can take advantage of Office 365 to download Office applications on their personally-owned devices, free for use while they are enrolled in courses/employed at UIS. Office 365 also includes use of the Office mobile apps, allowing you to create and edit Office documents on your mobile devices. Students and employees may go to the Office365 Login page to start taking advantage of this great resource! Instructions for logging into Office 365 are available. Once you have downloaded and installed Office, you may be prompted to log in the first time you open an application (i.e. when you open Microsoft Word). Please enter and your password. (Please note this is NOT your email address; you will need to add ‘uisad’.)

To log into the Office apps on mobile devices, please enter your and your password. (Please note this is NOT your email address; you will need to add ‘uisad’.) Step-by-step instructions for logging into the Office Mobile app are available; these instructions were created on an Android device, but the steps are similar for iOS and Windows devices.

Additionally, both students and employees now have access to OneDrive, providing 1TB of cloud storage. You may access OneDrive by going to the Office365 Login page and logging in with your email address and password.

Geographic Information System (GIS) Software

ESRI [Environmental Systems Research Institute] produces software and data for geographical information systems. UIS has joined the Urbana-Champaign and the Chicago campus licensing agreement for a suite of ESRI software. The software suite included: ArcGIS, ArcView, Arc/Info, Spatial Analyst, and 3D Analyst. E-mail installation requests to

ESRI ArcView & ArcGIS

ArcGIS is an integrated collection of GIS [Geographic Information System] software products for building a complete GIS. The Software WebStore has a site license for this software. Logon to the Software WebStore to access this offer.


Mathematica is a program for performing numerical and symbolic mathematical calculations with many built-in graphical capabilities. Mathematica is installed on all lab and classroom PCs and is available for faculty and staff office PCs and Macs. Students may purchase Mathematica at a minimal cost from the Software WebStore.


Respondus LockDown Browser is a customized browser that increases the security of online testing in Blackboard. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser to take a Blackboard test, they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, access other applications, or close a test until it is submitted for grading. Tests created for use with Respondus LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with Standard browsers either. Read more about Respondus.


SPSS is installed in most of the computer labs on campus and is available on all of the instructor stations in the classrooms. It is also available to faculty and staff for free through Webstore.


The SAS System, originally Statistical Analysis System, is an integrated system of software products provided by the SAS Institute that enables the programmer to perform:

  • data entry, retrieval, management, and mining
  • report writing and graphics
  • statistical and mathematical analysis
  • business planning, forecasting, and decision support
  • operations research and project management
  • quality improvement
  • applications development
  • warehousing (extract, transform, load)

SAS is available to all faculty at UIS through our server license. Instructions on how to connect to our server to access the program are available. Please contact Kara McElwrath at 206-8237 [e-mail:] if there are any concerns or questions.

NetOps School

This software is available in BRK 413, PAC 493, UHB 2025, UHB 2028, UHB 2030, and Cisco networking labs. NetOps allows the faculty to broadcast their computer screens to all the PCs in the lab, and take control of another computer for instruction or demonstration purposes.

Microsoft DreamSpark Membership [Formerly MSDNAA]

Proceed to the UIS Microsoft DreamSpark Software website »

Computer Science and Management Information System departments are members of the Microsoft DreamSpark program. The membership helps keep academic labs, faculty, and students on the leading edge of Microsoft technologies.


MIS and Computer Science departments in which you take credit courses are authorized to provide you with program software for use on your personal computer. To be in compliance with the Microsoft DreamSpark program requirements, you must follow these usage guidelines when using the software on your computer. You must also agree to the terms of the Microsoft DreamSpark End User License Agreement [EULA], the Amendment to Master End-User License Agreement, and any conditions required by your department.

ITS is the Microsoft DreamSpark Site Administrator at UIS. We are responsible for maintaining records of student use and ensuring there is full compliance with the program among all department users, including students, faculty and systems administration staff. Please e-mail the ITS Client Services Center ( for any questions that you may have about the program, or refer to the Microsoft DreamSpark Developer Center.

Installation Guidelines

All software reproduced for checkout will be a complete copy, and include all copyright and trademark notices.

You must be registered in at least one credit course within the MIS or Computer Science department to be eligible to load program software on your personal use computer. Students registered solely for non-credit courses in the department[s] are not eligible to receive program software.

You may not give copies of loaned/downloaded software to anyone else for their use. Other qualifying students must obtain software via the method[s] set up by the Microsoft DreamSpark Site Administrator.

In order to install certain components, you may need a Product Key. The Product Key will be assigned solely to download authorized software. You may not disclose the Product Key information to anyone else.

The Microsoft DreamSpark Site Administrator will maintain records of software downloaded from server or checked out, and will provide those records to Microsoft upon request.

Usage Guidelines

Your may use the software for non-commercial purposes including instructional use, research and/or design, development and testing of projects for class assignment and tests or personal projects. You may not use the program software for any for-profit software development.

When you are no longer a registered student in the MIS or Computer Science departments, you may no longer receive updates for your personal use computer. However, you may continue to use previously installed software on your computer, provided you continue to follow program guidelines.