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Keep Teaching Guide: Open and Free Resources: Home

Open and free resources to add to your course

CCBC Library

We have adjusted many of our services to accommodate safety and hygiene protocols and we are trying to provide as much access and normalcy as possible. Please contact for more information.

The library has compiled a list of open and free resources available to help you with the transition to online and alternative courses. 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 encourages you to provide your students with online alternatives for library research instruction. These modules include digital learning objects (DLOs) that you can use in Blackboard. There should be something appropriate for each class assignment. Librarians are available to help with the selection and alignment of digital learning objects (DLOs) to particular assignments. Please contact Jamie Witman,, for help with the modules, and other online tools and resources.

Please also let your students know that our research guide titled Library 101 for Students with information specific to CCBC is always available. Librarians check the information desk email throughout business hours. Please send questions or have your students send questions to

Students can also video or text chat with a librarian using LibraryCHAT through Zoom. Students can reach us from the Covid-19 Update banner and Quick Links on the Library Homepage or the Library 101 for Students guide.

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.

If your students are in need of a laptop please contact Heather Griner at

How to add LTI/Blackboard links to your course

Online Resources

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.

OpenStax Tech Scout

Search the specifics of all of OpenStax's technology partners to find the best option for your course. Use the filters to select what’s important to you, and see the products that match what you need.

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.

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.

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.


Free online physics, chemistry, biology, earth science, and mathematics simulations

Biology Simulations

Simulations and virtual labs for biology topics including evolution, ecology, and cellular energetics.

American Chemistry Society

ChemMatters Magazine available online. In addition to chemistry, there are article that are biographies of chemists, and historical articles.

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. Check Sharepoint for training and instruction documents.

BioDigital Similar to the 3D Human Anatomy Atlas but also offers a look at conditions and their impacts on A&P.

SoftChalk CLOUD

Browse and search for lessons from educators on SoftChalk Cloud Repository


 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.


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.


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!


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.

Graphing Calculator App

App for Windows, Android, and iOS devices. Graphing Calculator Emulator.

OER & The New Normal

Open Educational Resources - Best Bets for CCBC

openstax    open course library

B&N loudcloud logowisc-online

libretexts link

pressbooks directory logo

Ancillary Materials

Check out H5P for ideas on creating your own interactive, engaging ancillary materials.

You can also take a look at the eCampus Ontario H5P repository and the Libre Studio Adapt Studio.

Learn more about Ancillary Materials on the Integrating OER into your Course page.

Contact Jamie Witman, for more information.