Distance Learning Tools
In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have compiled some resources to have readily available to you during this time. Many of our partners are offering their support and resources for free to help make distance learning easier for professors and students.
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
From virtual classrooms to remote workspaces, AWS has free-use offers available to help K-12 school systems and higher education institutions shift to virtual learning environments and enable:
Virtual classrooms using Amazon Chime.
Remote workspaces for students through Amazon WorkSpaces.
Remote computer lab through Amazon AppStream 2.0.
Virtual desktops so students and teacher can access highly interactive cloud desktops and applications.
To learn more and to access virtual office hours for support, visit the AWS Education website.
Blackboard Learn institutions with licensed versions of G Suite for Education can now create and share a Google Meet link directly from any Blackboard Learn course. Learn more about the Google Meet integration.
Google announced on April 9th that they will be extending free access to premium features in Meet to all G Suite for Education users until September 30th to accommodate for summer programming and other institutional needs. These features include having up to 250 people in a call together, recording meetings, and livestreaming content for up to 100,000 people within the domain. Get the details here.
EesySoft’s EdTech Adoption Platform enables institutions worldwide to provide timely, targeted data-driven communication and support, right within blackboard - and fully customizable to the Institutions’ needs. With out of the box communication campaigns to inform about the current COVID-19 situation and to aid in the move to full distance learning with adoption reports, in-line messages and contextual and role sensitive help.
If you are a Blackboard Learn client, please reach out to your AE for more information and to sign up.
The new Microsoft Teams Meetings integration for Blackboard Learn is now available! This free integration enables instructors to create and add Teams Meeting links directly into their Learn courses and adds the meeting link to their Learn calendar to facilitate online collaboration with students. Learn more about the Microsoft Teams Meetings integration.
All educational institutions can access Microsoft Office 365 for Education, including Microsoft Teams, for free. Get started today.
Cengage is here to help, ready to answer your questions and offer any needed support for your courses. You can find a variety of resources for virtual teaching as well as support options like 1:1 training, personalized course set up and more on our COVID-19 support page.
For more information, please visit: cengage.com/covid-19-support
Macmillan Learning wants to help you during these trying times with tools, training, and teaching resources. Click here to learn more.
McGraw-Hill has put together a COVID-19 response page here, which includes how to videos for instructors about setting up a Connect course. We also have additional resources for them to get free access codes for their current students who are having to move online and to work with a DFC or one of our implementation consultants on courseware training.
We have similar resources for ALEKS as well, which you can find here.
As you and your peers rapidly move your classes online, we at Pearson want to be sure you’ve got the information you’ll need to make this transition seamless for you and your students. Visit our Online Resource Hub for tips and best practices from education experts, live and on-demand training, as well as options for students to access digital products and textbooks at no additional charge for the remainder of the term.
Instructors and their students without an adopted online learning solution, such as WileyPLUS, Knewton Alta, or zyBooks, can receive free access to our courseware for the remaining Spring 2020 term. This access will provide personalized, auto-graded assignments, activities, assessments, and lecture replacement resources, as well as dedicated support from our Customer Success Teams.
Instructors teaching at impacted institutions looking to provide continuity of learning can request access to WileyPLUS or Knewton Alta by simply completing this request form. Instructors looking for zyBooks access can apply through the zyBooks website.
VitalSource Helps offers free access to an expansive catalog of ebooks for students at impacted institutions.
VitalSource has joined leading publishers to help ensure students at semester-calendar institutions can continue to access quality digital course materials due to a recent and rapid campus shift to distance-learning. Students simply log into the VitalSource Bookshelf app at bookshelf.vitalsource.com using their school email address and can then find and view course materials from participating publishers via VitalSource’s Explore capabilities within Bookshelf.
Learn more at: get.vitalsource.com/vitalsource-helps
American Psychological Association
Many instructors are now being asked to shift delivery of course material to an online, face-to-face, or hybrid environment. PsycLearn®: Research Methods and PsycLearn®: Introduction to Social Psychology are designed to optimize student success across class models. Whether your campus has made a decision about fall instruction or you’re still waiting, it’s not too late to implement PsycLearn in your course(s). Educators who would like to discuss using this material can email [email protected], and we’ll be in touch with next steps.
With APA Style® content in particular demand, APA also offers a free online overview of seventh edition style and grammar guidelines.
Harvard Business Publishing
To help educators manage the disruption caused by COVID-19, Harvard Business Publishing has curated a few resources that might be useful when transitioning to teaching online. This page will be continuously updated with new resources. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn and register for the latest insights. Learn more here: https://hbsp.harvard.edu/teaching-online-resources/
Jones & Barlett
At Jones & Bartlett Learning, we know that COVID-19 is presenting unprecedented challenges and questions. It is forcing most courses to be taught online and instructors may be struggling to transition to this new distance-learning format. We are here to help you identify student and instructor resources, provide access to online teaching tips, and answer education-related questions.
ReadSpeaker wants to do our share to support all online learners, those at risk of falling behind, whether disclosed or undisclosed learners by offering a two-month free trial of ReadSpeaker webReader and docReader. ReadSpeaker supports assessments and content inside of Blackboard Learn, bringing ease of and equitable access for all online learning. If you are interested in a trial, please visit our site.
Respondus is offering existing customers of Respondus Monitor, its automated proctoring system, free upgrades to unlimited licensing through the end of the term. Colleges currently not licensed for LockDown Browser and/or Respondus Monitor can also receive a free, unlimited license for this period.
Sharp is committed to ensuring productive information sharing and collaboration continues for those learning and working from home, just like they were at school or the office. Sharp is providing expertise and IT tips for remote work/teaching, help with how to run remote webinars, and offering special pricing on our trusted printers. Find a Sharp office or authorized dealer who can help in our Dealer Locator.
Turnitin offers solutions and resources to help schools manage online assessments and support a culture of academic integrity.
Turnitin Feedback Studio is a similarity checking, feedback, and grading solution proven to safeguard institutional reputation and deter plagiarism. Learn how to use Turnitin Feedback Studio to support remote learning.
Gradescope is providing free access to Gradescope Complete for new courses created through December 31, 2020. All existing 2020 courses have been upgraded. Gradescope supports various assessment options to meet your immediate needs, including fully online assignments, existing paper-based assignments, and programming assignments. Learn More
Due to COVID-19 outbreak, CirQlive is offering FREE usage of our Blackboard Learn web conferencing integration for 90 days. CirQlive integrates major web conferencing platforms, Webex, GoToMeeting, GoToTraining, GoToWebinar and BlueJeans into Blackboard Learn. We will also offer free consulting and training for 90 days to any institution that needs help scaling their online learning via web conferencing
Please contact us here https://www.cirqlive.com/contact or at [email protected] for more information and to receive the Key, URL and Secret to connect our LTI platform to Blackboard Learn.
Explorance remains committed to supporting the Higher Education community and keeping students and instructors connected and engaged no matter the distance. Bluepulse is a people engagement app that allows you to connect, ask questions, check-in, and share information in real-time about anything.
As your students, faculty, and staff adjust to this new academic normal, Bluepulse can help you ensure quality teaching and learning continues, and you’re providing the best student experience possible. Learn more by visiting the Bluepulse website or contact us. Start engaging with your students like never before!
FeedbackFruits is offering 8 pedagogical tools free of charge to support higher education institutions. From Peer Review to Interactive Presentation, FeedbackFruits provides synchronous and asynchronous learning solutions that help teachers create interactive study materials in any format (video/document/audio/presentation), facilitate peer learning through feedback and discussion, and assess student learning with their own rubrics.
Until at least December 2020, teachers can use all FeedbackFruits tools within their own Blackboard environment for free. Learn more and request your key & secret here.
GoReact is offering free unlimited access to through June 30th. GoReact lets students submit video assignments, which instructors can then grade, give feedback on, or use for coaching. This can be anything from student teaching observations, group presentations, musical performances, speaking in a foreign language, mock interviews, or clinical observations. GoReact can help as you transition these in-class activities online. Complete our short form here, GoReact.com/covid-19 once filled out it will connect universities with our team so we can enable unlimited access.
Should your institution need reporting and analytics for Blackboard to assist with the transition to a fully online environment, we can help. IntelliBoard will extend complimentary services for two weeks to institutions creating new accounts in response to preparations for online learning.
As you plan for the safety of your learners, students, faculty, staff, and community as a whole, we can help you ensure quality learning and training continues. Please visit www.intelliboard.net to learn more and sign up.
With PlayPosit’s interactive video platform, instructors and administrators can harness the power of interactive video to conduct fully online instruction easily, accountably, and with data in the driver’s seat. PlayPosit’s LTI integration enables automatic roster and grade book syncing, as well as single sign-on, so learners can access lessons directly from Blackboard. The admin dashboard offers insight into usage, content creation, and more.
PlayPosit is helping admin and instructors move online quickly and easily through a regularly updated COVID-19 resource page and this Quick and Pedagogically Meaningful Workflow to Take Your Class Online Due to Coronavirus. Find out more about PlayPosit's seamless LTI integration with Blackboard here.
ProctorU is ready to assist institutions wanting to add or expand remote proctoring as part of their education continuity plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For those that are rapidly migrating to an online testing environment, we’ve put together a resource page with useful information including steps to help you get started quickly, FAQs, tools and best practices for implementing online proctoring, and a form to get in touch with our team.
Pronto is now available for teams and teachers at no cost during this time. Our goal is to provide a way for teams to stay connected and to help students and employees maintain a positive experience.
Pronto is frictionless communication for every teacher and every student -- within class, across campus, or around the world. With chat, video, file sharing, and one-step integrations, Pronto helps teachers connect, students engage, and education stay on-track.
Qwickly is offering free access to Qwickly Attendance Pro and its new Online Activity mode, launching May 5, 2020, to any Blackboard Learn client until August 1, 2020. Online Activity mode is aimed at streamlining the tedious process of tracking attendance for online & hybrid courses by automatically looking at academic activity in a course during a time period, marking students present or absent, and making note of what activity they completed during that specific time period. Blackboard clients seeking additional information can review the following press release here.
Turning Technologies is partnering with colleges and universities that are transitioning to remote learning by offering a free enterprise TurningPoint license, or free pilots to individual instructors, for the remainder of the spring term. An enterprise license gives every student and instructor on campus access to our online platform.
Watermark puts better data into the hands of administrators, faculty, and students everywhere in order to empower them to connect information and gain insights into learning which will drive meaningful improvements.
To learn more about special piloting opportunities to support you during COVID-19, please contact us today and feel free to browse these other resources:
BioRender is an easy-to-use graphics software that allows scientists, students and educators to create beautiful science figures, 50x faster than current alternatives (no more struggling in PowerPoint!) Create beautiful, professional figures for presentations, publications, posters and more - no drawing skills required. BioRender is committed to helping scientists combating the COVID outbreak by offering free design support, as well as free ready-made COVID-related images required for publication or communication efforts. FREE version of BioRender available for educational use.
At Typsy, we have built an integration with Blackboard to deliver our 700+ training videos to a handful of our mutual higher education institutions to help shape the blended or distance learning needs of faculty and students within the hospitality & hotel management degree seeking sector.
With the tremendous interruption in the hospitality sector caused by COVID-19, we are seeing an increased need from schools globally to access off-the-shelf training content that can be used by faculty that matches their learning outcomes. We have opened up our content library, at no cost for anyone affected by COVID-19 until the end of September.
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