Comprehensive Collections of Resources

In light of the current situation regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), OLC has received numerous requests from institutions in the US and abroad on how they might create emergency preparedness plans in the event of a temporary campus shutdown. As a means of assisting our community with the task of preparing for a quick shift to online, we’ve been compiling a list of helpful tools and resources to consider. This is not an all-encompassing collection but is meant to help organizations and institutions start this critical planning phase.

The following list offers several comprehensive collections of links compiled by our colleagues and partners in the field of online learning.

We also invite you to review our other resource collections for faculty and general resources. 

Resources for K-12 Educators

K-12 Educator Resources

 

Educause COVID-19 Resource Page A page created to help higher education institutions plan for possible campus disruption by COVID-19. It includes examples of campus advisory information, continuity planning from various institutions, as well as resources to work or teach from off campus.

Keep Teaching An online community for higher education professionals needing academic continuity resources and support. The community site includes crowdsourced resources as well as pop up webinars and live events.

Remote Teaching Resources for Business Continuity — (De Paul University)

Emergency Remote Teaching Guidelines A list of campus emergency guidelines at U.S. and international institutions, as well as a few resources on short-term course development and examples of others’ responses (POD Network).

Crowdsourced Google Doc of Shutdowns (Source: Inside Higher Ed) A crowdsourced Google spreadsheet features a running tally of colleges and universities that are closing campuses or suspending in-person instruction and moving online or to distance delivery.

Colleges & Universities Closed for COVID-19 (Bryan Alexander) A spreadsheet aggregates data about colleges and universities closing and/or shifting from face-to-face to online instruction due to the coronavirus outbreak.

SUNY COVID-19 Response A collection of emergency preparedness resources including webinars, tool suggestions and professional development offerings.

Education Companies Offering Free Resources Due to School Closings An extensive list of educational resources with an emphasis on the K-12 sector.

Free Creative Cloud Tools from Adobe Higher education and K-12 institutional customers globally who currently make Creative Cloud apps available to students in on-campus labs have the ability to request temporary “at-home” access for their students and educators. This will be granted through May 31, 2020 at no additional cost.

Remote Learning with Flipgrid Flipgrid is a video-based discussion tool that can be leveraged as an alternative to text-based discussion forums.

The Spring 2020 Online Learning Collective   This Facebook group was formed to support college and university educators transitioning from on-ground instruction to remote learning during the 2020 semester. 

HASTAC – Thoughts and Resources for Those about to Start Teaching Online — HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) provides a blog post with a number of resources related to getting started with remote instruction.

COVID-19 Online Learning Q & A, Part I Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Learning at UIS  and UPCEA Senior Fellow, Ray Schroeder, shares observations of best practices in the emergency response.  Based on 25 years in the field and having played an instrumental role in the 2005 Sloan Semester emergency response to the Katrina hurricane, Ray shares practical advice to colleges and universities.

COVID-19 Online Learning Q & A, Part II Ray Schroeder, Associate Vice Chancellor of Online at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) and UPCEA Senior Fellow shares observations of best practices in the emergency response.  Based on 25 years in the field and having played an instrumental role in the 2005 Sloan Semester emergency response to the Katrina hurricane, Ray shares practical advice to colleges and universities.

International Council for Open and Distance Education — A web resource that includes links to ICDE webinars, online teaching tips, and other relevant news and resources.

Higher Ed Guidance During COVID-19: Teaching, Learning & Student Support This open doc was created by Laura Pasquini (@laurapasquini) to be a hub of the many resources, ideas, information, and suggestions for higher ed colleagues as they plan to move teaching, learning, and student support services online, as institutions shut down due to COVID-19. If you would like to add/edit information to any section of this document, please EMAIL: techknowtoolsllc@gmail.com 

Vendor Resources

Education Companies Offering Free Resources Due to School Closings An extensive list of educational resources with an emphasis on the K-12 sector.

Free Creative Cloud Tools from Adobe Higher education and K-12 institutional customers globally who currently make Creative Cloud apps available to students in on-campus labs have the ability to request temporary “at-home” access for their students and educators. This will be granted through May 31, 2020 at no additional cost.

Remote Learning with Flipgrid Flipgrid is a video-based discussion tool that can be leveraged as an alternative to text-based discussion forums.

Free and Discounted Ed Tech Tools for Online Learning During the Coronavirus Pandemic — Campus Technology has curated an extensive list of education technology companies that have made their paid services free through the rest of the school year or are lifting limits to services and/or adding premium features to what’s free.

Online Learning & eLearning Resources During Coronavirus Pandemic — Rev, a transcription company, has curated a list of blogs that cover a variety of topics related to accessibility. 

Working and Learning Online during a Pandemic — Pearson offers resources for higher education, K-12 as well as tips for working from home.

Softchalk — This content authoring vendor is offering free access to SoftChalk Cloud from now through May 31, 2020 to anyone who may need it to quickly and easily create online lessons and course materials for delivery to students.

Resources and Help for those Affected by COVID-19 — Cengage is offering students free access to all our digital platforms and 14,000 ebooks through Cengage Unlimited, for the remainder of this semester.  Additionally they have resources organized for faculty, students, and institutions.

Wondering How to Move Your Science Course Online?— Carolina Distance Learning specializes in online laboratory kits that include Biology, Physics, Allied Health, Chemistry, Microbiology, Geology, Environmental Science and Anatomy & Physiology.

Feedback Fruits — Feedback Fruits makes all pedagogical tools available for free in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. These include tools for peer feedback, activating study material, interactive classrooms, and discussions.

D2L COVID-19 Landing Page Desire2Learn resource page includes links to a free course, a webinar for getting started with Brightspace, as well as Chris Sessum’s blog on COVID-19.

Yellowdig Yellowdig is offering its platform free of charge to institutions currently affected by the coronavirus. Yellowdig is an online, asynchronous conversation platform built specifically for universities. Yellowdig Communities are designed to replicate the organic, back-and-forth conversations that take place inside physical classrooms and all throughout college campuses.

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    Our thanks to those who have been sharing resources across our community that we were able to spotlight on this site.