Additional Resources for Teaching in an Alternate Modality

The following collection of resources is intended to help as you transition your classes to alternate modalities for the remainder of the semester. In this evolving situation, the resource list is updated regularly. For WCU supported tools, refer to the IS&T Work Continuity Plan for these tools. 

Instructional Planning Resources

Accessibility Resources

  • The National Federation for the Blind has put together a Higher Education Accessibility Online Resource Center. Please keep accessibility top of mind as you transition your classes into alternate modalities. They will also be hosting a Twitter chat on Friday, March 20 at 12pm EST. Use the hashtag #AccessibleNOW to ask questions and participate in discussion.

Online Science Simulations and Lab Resources

  • Google Spreadsheet: includes resources for Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology 
  • A set of lab simulations from Harvard’s Lab Xchange 
  • Virtual labs from Merlot 
  • Interactive simulations from University of Colorado- Boulder 
  • Free access to extensive STEM education video library from JoVE (introductory Biology labs, Social Psychology, STEM) 
  • IBM has created Open P-Tech, an online hub of digital learning resources for such topics as cyber-security, AI, and data science. Participants must be at least 16 years old to register for an Open P-Tech account.

Online Theater, Music, Art, and Dance Resources

  • A list of orchestral concerts which, being unable to play for live audiences, are being offered via livestream. 
  • The Metropolitan Opera will be offering an encore of live-stream presentations each night at 7:30pm. Recordings will be accessible for 20 hours after the each stream.
  • The Smithsonian is offering easy access to nearly 3 million 2D and 3D digital items from their collections, including images and data from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo.

Online Anthropology Resources

  • Anthropology professors across the country have teamed up to create an online hub of “mini-lectures” (10-30 min. in length). You are free to use the lectures in your online classes and are encouraged to contribute to the hub.
  • Also for Anthropology professors: World101x via UQx is a Youtube channel with short episodes (2 min. in length) to supplement instruction.

Additional Free Learning Technologies

  • TechSmith is providing free access to Snagit, their screen recording tool.
  • Kahoot! is offering premium accounts for the remainder of the academic year. Kahoot! Premium allows for self-paced gamification, videoconferencing games and an expanded platform of analytics. 
  • Comcast is offering 60 free days of Internet Essentials, their affordable internet options. They've also temporarily increased its speed. 
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