Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Things to do at home for all ages

The public library of Goleta, CA has put together this list of links of things to do while we are all self-isolating.  And none of these links involve cleaning your house!  There are free online classes, movies, musicals, coloring pages, puzzles, games and practical things like how to sew face masks and white noise generators to block distracting noises.  There is a separate link for kids activities, too.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

National Emergency Library

The Internet Archives is making available a service they call the National Emergency Library to serve all the displaced students.  This collection of over one million e-books is available if you register for free.  Read the announcement here, and scroll down and click on the FAQ for any lingering questions you might have.  You can "borrow" up to 10 e-books for 14 days.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Five Essential Online Learning Strategies

We are one week away from all online classes.  Are you feeling a little anxious about that?  Dr. Jennifer Bachner from Johns Hopkins University put together these five online learning strategies to get you started.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Taking your course online

Read this guest column from Inside Higher Ed that has some practical advice about how to convert your class to an online delivery mode.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Virtual Library Services

The physical campus is closed until April 3, but rest assured Beaver Nation, the virtual library is open for business!  We'll be monitoring our email and online chat and text services from home and we'll be ready to answer your questions.  You can call and leave me a message, and I'll get back to you.

So, the strangest thing about working from home?  I can see outside! 

The first thing that came up in my email this morning is this guide from the Chronicle of Higher Education covering some of the basics of moving your class online.  It is a free download, no username or password is needed.  Just register and you'll get the collection.

Here are the half dozen articles included in the guide:


  • As Coronavirus Spreads, Moving Classes Online Is the First Step. What’s Next?
  • Going Online in a Hurry: What to Do and Where to Start
  • How to Be a Better Online Teacher
  • 4 Lessons From Moving a Face-to-Face Course Online
  • Live From My Living Room, It’s My Classroom!
  • Resources for Giving Students Online Feedback

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Taking your class online? New resources available!

A lot of academic publishers have opened their catalogs to support faculty taking their classes online.  Here is a Google doc listing some of the "Vendor Love" now available.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Covid-19 Resources

If you haven't yet hit the saturation point for information about the pandemic, one of our e-journal publishers WILEY has put together a couple of resources that you may find interesting.

Coronavirus Research and News - free articles about the Covid-19 coronavirus.

Scitrus Novel Corona Outbreak Newsfeed - more free articles, a mix of medical research and news-related articles from a wide variety of publications.

Enjoy the information and be well!