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E-Learning Sources: E-Learning Sources

This is an informational guide for students and professors in response to COVID 19.

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Please note this is an evolving list so check back frequently.

Free Educational Resources

Below is a list of E Resources that are available for students during the COVID School Closing


Cambridge University Press: Cambridge University Press is making higher education textbooks in HTML format free to access online during the coronavirus outbreak. Over 700 textbooks, published and currently available, on Cambridge Core are available regardless of whether textbooks were previously purchased. Free access is available until the end of May 2020. 

Duke University Press: Duke University Press is providing 90 days of complimentary electronic access to course materials (which includes their Duke eBook Collection). Contact for more information.

JSTORWhile many schools are moving to online only or remote access during the worldwide coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, JSTOR is prepared to help. JSTOR can be accessed from off-campus. 

Ohio State University Press: For the duration of this crisis, all Ohio State University Press monographs, and the linguistics textbook language files, will be open and free to use through the Ohio State University Libraries’ Institutional Repository, The Knowledge Bank 

Project Muse: In response to the challenges created by the global public health crisis of COVID-19, Project MUSE is pleased to support its participating publishers in making scholarly content temporarily available for free on our platform. With many higher education institutions moving into an exclusively online learning environment for the foreseeable future, we hope that easy access to vetted research in the humanities and social sciences, from a variety of distinguished university presses, societies, and related not-for-profit publishers, will help to support teaching, learning, and knowledge discovery for users worldwide. Due to the recent school closings related to the COVID-19 virus, the State Library has temporarily to Discus until June 30, 2020 with real time tutoring from 8am-10pm Sunday – Saturday. is located on the A-Z list in  Discus as well as the Grade Level pages.

University of Michigan Press: University of Michigan Press will make all content in the University of Michigan Press Ebook Collection (UMP EBC) free-to-read for the remainder of the academic term. Beginning on Friday, March 20, access restrictions will be removed for all 1,150+ titles in the UMP EBC until the end of April 2020. The UMP EBC contains the Press’s scholarly output published since 2012 as well as new books and older titles as they are digitized. Note they will be free-to-read, not to download, during this time. More information is here:



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Data and Internet Access

These companies are offering free or low cost internet to students affected by COVID 19 closings


Altice: New household with K-12 or college students who do not currently have home internet access can get free internet for 60 days.

AT&TAT&T Offering Schools 60 days unlimited data for Laptops, Tablets and Hotspots devices will get the wireless data at no cost for 60 days

Charter/Spectrum:Is offering free internet access to households with K-12 and College Students for 60 days

Comcast: The company is offering Internet Essentials as an affordable way for homes who receive public assistance to get online. The plan is available for about $10 per month. In addition, they are increasing speeds for all customers in response to emergency measures associated with the coronavirus, and new customers receive two months free.

Sprint: As of 03/19, data allotments on Sprint plans will be increased at no cost. Customers on Unlimited plans will receive an incremental 20 GB of Mobile Hot Spot data and customers on metered plans (including Business Share Plans) will receive unlimited data at no extra cost.

T-Mobile: All T-Mobile customers as of March 13, 2020 who have plans with data will have unlimited smartphone data for the next 60 days (excluding roaming).

Verizon:  Lifeline is a government assistance program that offers discounts to qualified low-income customers.




Free Classroom Resources for Professors

Below is a list of resources available to faculty to assist with online teaching during the COVID 19 School Closing


Adobe Connect: Web conferencing platform Adobe Connect — which supports collaboration via video, audio, screen-sharing, polls, chat, Q&A and document sharing — has offered a free 90-day trial through July 1st.

Cisco Webex: Cisco Webex is offering free video-meeting software to keep classrooms connected during the health crisis.

Coursera: Online learning platform Coursera has made some 3,800 courses free to every university in the world impacted by coronavirus until July 31, 2020.

OpenStax: OpenStax, the open educational resources initiative based out of Rice University is offering free teaching resources through the end of the spring semester.

Pronto: Chat and video messaging platform Pronto has made its synchronous communication platform free for university professors dealing with coronavirus-related challenges during the 2020 spring and summer terms.

Screencast O Matic: A screencasting and video editing software tool that can be launched directly from a browser. It is used to support video creation for flipped classrooms, bi-directional student assessments, lecture capture, and student video assignments.

TopHat: Student engagement platform Top Hat has made its lecture tools that track attendance, ask questions, feature interactive slides, and manage classroom discussions free of charge for professors and students who have current, active classes, to complete their current terms.


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