Supported Technology — Students

The Tech Commons supports Blackboard and its related technologies for students. For assistance with any of these, please contact Tech Commons at You may also call 304-367-4810 to request support, or visit the office in room 139 of the library building.

Supported Software & Tools for Students

Blackboard: Educate. Innovate. Everywhere

Blackboard Learn 9.1 is our online course management system which provides a set of tools that facilitates a web-based learning environment.

Blackboard Student How-to

Student Quick start guide

Check your browser compatibility

Blackboard Orientation for Students

Respondus LockDown Browser

Respondus LockDown Browser™ is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. When an assessment is started, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading.

Download Respondus LockDown Browser

Student Quick Start Guide


Study Mate by Respondus


StudyMate Class, a companion tool to Respondus, is a tool that can be used to create learning objects, practice quizzes, and unscored exams.

Student Quick Start Guide


Safe Assign by Blackboard

The Safe Assign plagiarism tool makes it easy to identify students who submit unoriginal work, and also acts as a powerful deterrent to stop plagiarism before it starts.

SafeAssign information for students

Help with SafeAssign


Turning TechnologiesStudent Response System (Clickers)


Student response technology is an effective tool that helps facilitate pedagogical best practices and enhance student learning.

Download Turning Technologies software

ResponseWare FAQs for Students


Ensemble Video

Ensemble Video is a video platform that streamlines video capture, video management, and video publishing. Instructors may store their course recordings here for student access.

Ensemble Video for Fairmont State


Webex by Cisco

Cisco WebEx is the video conferencing system that is supported by Fairmont State IT. Faculty and staff may use this to hold virtual meetings, stream class sessions, provide remote services or support, and record videos for students. 

Webex Meeting Participants downloadable pdf instructions


MicrosoftOffice 365

What is Office 365 Education for Students?

Office 365 Education for Students is an Office 365 plan that is available for free to students who attend academic institutions that have purchased Office for faculty and staff. This plan allows students to use Office apps on mobile devices including Windows tablets and iPads®. The plan also includes 1TB of OneDrive storage, managed by the school, and students can edit and collaborate using Office Online.

Who is eligible?

 Active full- or part-time students at qualifying schools are eligible if they:

  • Have a school-specific email address provided by the school (for example, that can receive external email
  • Are of legal age to sign up for an online offer individually (13 years old)
  • Have Internet access

How long can I use it?

If you are eligible, you can use the plan until you graduate or are no longer enrolled. Student eligibility may be re-verified at any time. At expiration, the Office applications enter a reduced-functionality mode, which means documents can be viewed but it isn’t possible to edit or create new documents. In addition, online services associated with the school email address, for example, Office Online and OneDrive, will no longer work.

How is my OneDrive account managed?

This account is associated with the school and should be used for school-appropriate content, such as homework and schoolwork. Permissions and access can be changed by the school’s IT administrator at any time.

Can I share my plan with others?

Office 365 Education for Students is licensed for use only by the eligible student at Fairmont State University.

What are the minimum system requirements for Office 365?

To install Office 365 Education for Students, your PC or Mac must meet the minimum system requirements. View the system requirements.

Get Started with Office Online

Microsoft OneDrive video tutorials