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Discipline specific course shells have been created in Blackboard and teaching faculty in each discipline have been enrolled in these courses. Please take this as an opportunity to share ideas, course components, and encouragement with your colleagues across the district. Each faculty member has been enrolled in the course as an instructor so you can start discussions, share course content/components, and assist each other as we strive to maintain high quality instruction during difficult times.

Matrix of Tools and Activities for Remote Instruction

The Matrix document is accessed through OneDrive and provides alternate digital activities for traditional face-to-face instruction methods along with tools and resources for training/tutorials.

STLCC Library Online Transition Guide

Please review the information provided by the library to assist with transitioning your face-to-face courses online.

Textbooks/Streaming Resources

Streaming video options through STLCC Libraries; also includes information and links on additional resources.

Digital Textbooks from RedShelf - RedShelf acts as a digital distributor for publishers and is making access to the texts they handle free to students through May 25th.   Students will need to create an account and provide their name, birthdate, and school (no financial data is requested). You will want to create your own account and enter the ISBN of your textbook to see if it is available. NOTES: Students MUST use their official @stlcc.edu email address in order not to be charged and may need to check their junk folder for the verification email.

Merlot – An Open Education Resource site for peer-reviewed faculty developed course resources/materials.  

OpenStax – An Open Education Resource site for peer-reviewed faculty developed course resources/materials.

VitalSource – Offering free digital access to textbooks until May 25. Students by create an account and select “My Bookshelf” to browse the free options.

Important Note: Publishers and other textbook distributors are making their products freely available during this time, many through the end of May or June. It is important that these resources be fully vetted and that complete information is shared with students (including the need to cancel service, notify vendors in writing of intent to stop service, etc.) so that students do not incur unexpected charges beyond the free window of service.


Virtual Labs, Simulations or Interactive Learning Objects – a compilation of resources for Biology, Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Geology, Human Anatomy, Oceanography, and Physics

Online Simulations/Labs – Community Google Docs – this document list resources that are being shared by the online community and provides the type lab, subject, URL, brief description, and access costs (most are free)

Digital Options for Teaching Tiny Earth Labs and Activities – this document provides potential resources for wet labs, CUREs, and inquiry based activities.  Provides suggestions on how to move the labs online, as well as video resources.

Open Learning Initiative – includes virtual labs. Normally $25/student but cost is waived for institutions impacted by COVID-19 accommodations

Interactive Video Vignettes - If you are looking for evidence-based online resources that you can implement during the COVID-19 crisis, feel free to use our collection of Interactive Video Vignettes (IVVs).  IVVs are short (15-20 minutes) online videos that use live-action and incorporate interactive features that let users make predictions, analyze data, answer questions and reflect on what they have learned.   

Training/Tutorials in Specific Disciplines/Subjects

Kahn Academy – online courses, lessons and practice exercises in a variety of discipline

Codeacademy - online courses and practice exercises for web development, programming and computer science, and data science. (Make sure that students do not enter any financial information – basic lessons are free of charge.)

W3Schools – tutorials, references for web development

Museum Tours Online – this site provides links and information to 12 different museums that provide online tours.

National Museum of Natural History – virtual tours of selected exhibits

PBS-NOVA Online – selected free videos and resources in a variety of topics

Common Sense Education – Terrific Websites for Science – a compilation of websites covering various science topics. Grade level and price is indicated for each website – many of the sites are noted for K-12 but may provide complementary support to your existing content.

PhET Simulations – provided by the University of Colorado provides simulations for physics, chemistry and biology. The website also includes a collection of teacher contributed activities, lab experiences, homework assignments and conceptual questions that can be used with the simulations. – Geared toward middle/high-school, but some of the simulations, etc. may be complementary support for our content.

Edutopia – Ten Websites for Science Teachers – a collection of websites primarily geared toward middle/high-school but which may provide complementary support for existing content and add greater levels of engagement to your online classroom.

Amazing Education Resources – a curated list of resources educators across the nation.

Grammar Check - a simple grammar and punctuation check that requires no registration. 

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