Current Students

Technical Resources and Software

HCDE students can find many free or low cost technical resources at the UW and online. Just a few resources are listed below to help get you started.


  • UW Information Technology (UW-IT): Free courses, workshops, and online tutorials.
  • UW-Learning and Scholarly Technologies: Free online courses on Computing Fundamentals (e.g, Security, Networking); Design and Graphics (e.g., Photoshop, Flash); Digital Audio (e.g., Audacity, Garageband); Document Creation (e.g., Word, InDesign); Spreadsheets and Databases (e.g., (Excel, Access); and Web Publishing (e.g,. Dreamweaver, PHP). Some in-person workshops.
  • ACM—Association for Computing Machinery: With a student membership, over 500 free courses ranging from programming to Web design and development.
  • Coursera: Free online college courses, including programming, statistics, HCI, design, gamification, etc.
  • Khan Academy: Free online courses and videos on just about every topic.
  • With a paid subscription, a wide variety of courses from programming to video production. Seattle Public Library patrons with a valid library card may access Lynda courses for free.
  • Free online technical courses.

Computer Labs on Campus

  • Odegaard Learning Commons: The Odegaard Learning Commons, with hundreds of workstations, provides access to learning technologies in the heart of the undergraduate library.
  • Media Studios on Campus in Odegaard and Mary Gates: The Media Studios serve as a boutique studio space for students working on media projects. Visit one of our Media Studios for access to special hardware and software geared toward video and audio editing.
  • Engineering Student Computer Lab The College of Engineering supports a computer lab located in the basement of Wilcox hall, room 73.

Inexpensive or Free Software (and Student Discounted Software and Hardware)

  • Aptana Studio 3: A complete code editor for HTML, CSS3, JavaScript, and more. The full version is a free download.
  • ATLAS.ti: Students get a discount on ATLAS.ti.
  • Axure RP Pro: Free for Students.
  • Tableau: Free for Students.
  • UW Bookstore Tech Center: Student discounts on hardware (e.g., computers and accessories) and software (e.g., Parallels, Adobe Creative Cloud).
  • UWare: Software from UW at reduced cost or free (e.g., Microsoft, Apple, Sophos, SAS, SPSS).
  • VMware Products: All HCDE students, staff, and faculty have access to VMware academic program, which provides licenses for VMware Workstation and VMware Fusion.