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Resources to help navigate an alternative teaching environment

Library Response to Covid-19

With the announcement by Dr. Kurtinitis that CCBC will be moving to alternative and online teaching methods until April 30, 2020 the library is compiling a list of open and free resources available to help you with the transition. Some of these resources are always open and free (OER), while others are currently being made free to help the community at large in this unprecedented time. The library will be closed beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 at 12:00pm until Monday March 30, 2020. Please contact Jamie Witman,, for help with online tools and resources. Stay tuned for updates.

The Library encourages you to provide your students with online alternatives for library research instruction. Many of these modules include quizzes that you can use and grade in Blackboard. There should be something appropriate for each class assignment.

Please also let your students know our research guide titled Library 101 for Students with information specific to CCBC is always available. Librarians will also be checking the library reference desk emails frequently throughout CCBC's closure. Please send questions or have your students send questions to,,

Please also see this link from the Office of Instruction and the Department of Online Learning for resources for both faculty and students to assist in navigating an online environment: Alternative Instruction Guidelines.


Kanopy - Video Streaming

  • Films Available for Free: Kanopy has put together a collection of films that you can watch and share with your students at no cost for the next 30 days, as well as the Great Courses. See the attached document for the list of new Free Films.
American Chemistry Society
ChemMatters Magazine available online. In addition to chemistry, there are article that are biographies of chemists, and historical articles.
Biology Simulations
Simulations and virtual labs for biology topics including evolution, ecology, and cellular energetics.

JoVE creates the ultimate solutions for advancing research and science education by making and publishing videos of scientific experiments from the top laboratories around the globe.

PhET Free online physics, chemistry, biology, earth science, and mathematics simulations
SoftChalk CLOUD Browse and search for lessons from educators on SoftChalk Cloud Repository
Microsoft Teams Available through CCBC's Office 365 supscription. MS Teams allows individuals and groups to chat, meet online via web conference (Teams of 10 to 10,000), call others online via VoIP, and collaborate by sharing and accessing files, e.g. MS Office doc - Word, PPT, Excel files, etc in real time.
Flipgrid Flipgrid allows you to post questions—either written or via video—and learners have to respond. You set the amount of time for their video response. After you view their video, you can give written or video feedback using a rubric. Flipgrid has a simple one but you can use your own, and you can allow for peer to peer responses -- as learners can see and comment on videos.
Screencast-o-matic A web-based screencast tool to record anything on your screen! Create videos up to 15 minutes in length that may be downloaded as high quality .mp4 files or uploaded direct to your free YouTube account -- free and no downloads!
Jing With Jing you can create free recordings of your screen of up to 5-minutes and upload them direct to your free, integrated account. Also includes an option to create annotated screenshots. TechSmith is offering free access & expanded usage of tools that help enable business and educational continuity through June 30, 2020.
Lumen Learning Offering free access for the remainder of the semester. Waymaker is OER that combines personalized learning tools to strengthen learning. OHM draws from thousands of interactive assessment questions to help students master math and other quantitative skills. Both allow for customized courses, learning content, and access to online learning.
Vialogues Provides a method for facilitating an asynchronous conversation in text around a video. Link a YouTube video straight into Vialogues and ask your students a discussion question. As they view the video, they type their comments, which are synced with the video and playback in real time for later viewers.
Teaching & Learning Online Resources from MERLOT and Skills Commons In response to the recent developments due to the coronavirus, SkillsCommons and MERLOT have created this FREE online resource to help both Teachers and Students prepare to start teaching and learning online.
Open Learning Initiative In light of the dramatic impact COVID-19 is having on education, we’re making all of our courseware free for affected institutions. Our OER courseware combines interactive textbooks with learning activities, assessments, and rich simulations.
OpenStax Allies Many OpenStax Allies are offering free use of their platforms through the end of the spring semester for new customers transitioning to online teaching as a result of the COVID-19 virus.
ScienceDirect: Advanced STEM/Social Science Textbooks ScienceDirect is making some of its textbooks openly available for two months. You can refine the list using the Domain titles on the lefthand side.
Project MUSE Vetted research in the humanities and social sciences, from a variety of distinguished university presses, societies, and related not-for-profit publishers.
TI Graphing Calculator Software Free for 6 months from Texas Instruments.
Graphing Calculator App App for Windows, Android, and iOS devices. Graphing Calculator Emulator.

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For a full list of external resources see:

Remote Learning: Digital Tools to Quickly Transition Teaching & Student Support

  • This is a curated collection of tools, technologies, apps, and platforms for shifting your teaching, learning, and student support services to an online learning environment quickly.

Higher Ed Support & Guidance During COVID-19: Teaching, Learning & Student Support

  • This open doc was created 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

Amazing Educational Resources

  • Expansive list of free or free-trial resources available during the Covid-19 crisis. This is a mixed list of K-12 and Higher Education resources.

Annoucements and Alerts

- Since 10:30 PST AM 3/17/2020, Kanopy is having server delays, causing difficulties in accessing the Kanopy website. Please continue to try accessing Kanopy and let the library know if you have any issues.

- Xfinity is offering free WiFi at all public hotspots even for non-Xfinity customers. Search this site to find a local hotspot near you:

- is available for CCBC faculty to link as a Tool in Blackboard. Please see the instructions below for a list of courses and steps to activating it in Blackboard.