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Online Learning can be a struggle for anyone who is new to the process, but we're here to get you started! The following resources will help you get going in online learning and be successful in your classes. We have a variety of resources in different areas.
Please note that some of these links are external and may be changed by their hosting website without notice.
Free or Reduced Cost Services
FCC Live List of Companies
Continuously updating list of companies that have signed the pledge to Keep Americans Connected
Comcast COVID-19 Response
Explains Comcast's waivers, free hotspots maps, and provides links for assistance
Comcast application for low-income services
For new applicants to low-income qualified services
Providing Unlimited data for 60 days to customers with metered data plans.
Giving 20 GB of free mobile hotspot to customers with hotspot-capable devices.
Unlimited data caps, open public Wi-Fi hotspots, waiving late fees.
Access from AT&T Program
Internet access for qualifying limited-income households at $10/month
Waiving late fees for the next 60 days, won't terminate a residential or small business customer’s service due to financial circumstances associated with COVID-19. Suspending data usage limits for consumer customers during this time period due to COVID-19.
Offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi for 60 days to households with K-12 students or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and opening its Wi-Fi hotspots for public use.
Increasing the speed of low-cost internet program, lowering cost of Access Internet 60 broadband service to $19.99 per month, pausing monthly data allowances, offering complimentary hotspot access.
All current customers have unlimited data for the next 60 days, increasing data allowances for hotspots and for students accessing EmpowerED.
Scribd Magazines, Books, Audio Books
Scribd online is offering 30 days free access to its library of popular fiction, non-fiction, ebooks, audiobooks, & magazines. Includes WSJ and NYTimes. For new customers only. Access ends after 30 days.
While schools are closed, Audible is providing open access to its library of audio books for children. Simply click on a book to begin playing it from their website; no sign-up or downloads.
Ivy Tech Virtual Instruction Links
Instructional Design for Online Classes
Essential Instructional Video Guidance
Facing Instructional Videos
by Dann Hurlbert, Carleton College (2:35). This short video covers the four main points to remember when creating instructional videos.
Essential Copyright Guidance for Educators
Educational Content Providers
Our primary Open Educational Resources partner. Making available all of their Waymaker and OHM content at no charge for the remainder of the semester. Access to this content will be provided to students through IvyLearn.
Our primary ebook provider. Making their entire library available at no extra charge for the rest of the semester.
Open Access Data Repositories
Open-access data, that can be downloaded and used by students. This directory is part of the Open Access Directory.
Journal of Visualized Experiments
BASIC SCIENCE EDUCATION COLLECTION IS NOW FREE THRU JUNE 15. INCLUDES LAB DEMONSTRATIONS. Peer-reviewed videos of experiments, accompanied by PDF reports, in all the sciences. Currently 10 per cent are freely accessible; search by [key word] AND open access. Accessible titles appear in color; grayed-out titles are preview clips.
The Online Teaching Survival Guide by Essential reading for online instructors, updated to cover new and emerging issues and technologies The Online Teaching Survival Guide provides a robust overview of theory-based techniques for teaching online or technology-enhanced courses. Covering all aspects of online teaching, this book reviews the latest research in cognitive processing and related learning outcomes while retaining a focus on the practical. A simple framework of instructional strategies mapped across a four-phase timeline provides a concrete starting point for both new online teachers and experienced teachers designing or revamping an online course. Essential technologies are explored in their basic and expanded forms, and traditional pedagogy serves as the foundation for tips and practices customized for online learning. The tips cover course management, social presence, community building, integration of new technologies, discussion and questioning techniques, assessment, and debriefing, along with new coverage of intensive or accelerated courses, customizing learning strategies, developing expertise, advanced course design, and assessment techniques exclusive to this new second edition. The theory and techniques of successful online teaching can be significantly different from those used face-to-face. With more and more classes being offered online, this book provides a valuable resource for taking your course to the next level. Understand the technology used in online teaching Learn specialized pedagogical tips and practices Examine new research on cognition and learning Adopt a clear framework of instructional strategies The explosion of online learning has created a demand for great online teachers. Increasingly, faculty who normally teach face-to-face are being asked to cover online courses--yet comprehensive pedagogical resources are scarce. The learning curve is huge, and faculty need a practical approach to course design and management that can be quickly and easily implemented. The Online Teaching Survival Guide provides that essential resource, with a customizable framework and deeper exploration of effective online teaching.
Call Number: Ebook Central
Publication Date: 2016-08-26
Continuing to Engage the Online Learner by Continuing to Engage the Online Learner Contributing to both the theoretical and practical literature, Continuing to Engage the Online Learner expands on the work of Conrad and Donaldson's bestselling Engaging the Online Learner. This next-step resource introduces a new phase to their proven model, the Phases of Engagement, and addresses a wide range of online and hybrid learning environments, technology tools, and communication styles. Comprehensive in scope, the book provides an introduction to the theory of engaged learning and its design, assessment, and management in online and blended learning environments and describes the types of activities that motivate the online learner in each phase of engagement. This down-to-earth resource also includes 50 new and illustrative activities paired with each phase of engagement. In Continuing to Engage the Online Learner Rita-Marie Conrad and J. Ana Donaldson provide relevant and theoretically-sound information to enhance teaching and engage learners, offering a practical handbook for instructors. "Conrad and Donaldson have done it again! Not only have they presented a solid and useful discussion of the phases of engagement, they have brought the theory alive through the presentation of practical activities that would work well in any online or hybrid course." --Rena Palloff, faculty, Fielding Graduate University and author, The Excellent Online Instructor
Call Number: Skillsoft Ebook
Publication Date: 2012-07-18
Learning Environments by Design by See Chapter 5, Learning Environments in Academic Contexts (3 pages).
Call Number: Skillsoft Ebook
Publication Date: 2015-10-07
Mastering the Instructional Design Process by A comprehensive framework for effective real-world instructional design Mastering the Instructional Design Process provides step-by-step guidance on the design and development of an engaging, effective training program. The focus on core competencies of instructional system design helps you develop your skills in a way that's immediately applicable to real-world settings, and this newly updated fifth edition has been revised to reflect the new IBSTPI Competencies and Standards for Instructional Design. With a solid foundation of researched and validated standards, this invaluable guide provides useful insight and a flexible framework for approaching instructional design from a practical perspective. Coverage includes the full range of design considerations concerning the learners, objectives, setting, and more, and ancillaries include design templates, PowerPoint slides, lecture notes, and a test bank help you bring these competencies to the classroom. Instructional design is always evolving, and new trends are emerging to meet the ever-changing needs of learners and exploit the newest tools at our disposal. This book brings together the latest developments and the most effective best practices to give you a foolproof framework for successfully managing instructional design projects. Detect and solve human performance problems Analyze needs, learners, work settings, and work Establish performance objectives and measurements Deliver effective instruction in a variety of scenarios Effective training programs don't just happen. Instructional design is a complex field, and practitioners must be skilled in very specific areas to deliver a training program that engages learners and makes the learning 'stick.' Mastering the Instructional Design Process is a comprehensive handbook for developing the skillset that facilitates positive training outcomes.
Call Number: Ebook Central
Publication Date: 2015-12-17