COVID-19
Preparedness

A collection of resources to assist educators' efforts to move
courses online during the spread of the coronavirus

Emergency preparedness during a pandemic

In light of the continued spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), educational institutions across the globe are enacting temporary campus shutdowns. For many schools, this means a rapid expansion of their online offerings, while for others, transitioning away from the face-to-face classroom may constitute a new and overwhelming endeavor.

For decades, Hands-On Labs has been helping educators adopt online curricula while maintaining academic rigor and instructional control. As a means of assisting our community with the quick shift to distance learning, we wanted to start compiling a collection of timely tools and resources to consider during this critical stage. Though not a comprehensive guide to the pandemic, these sites and resources will offer knowledge, guidance, and support as we continue to adjust to the state of education under the virus.

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01. Helpful Links for Educators

Guidance and Announcements

Blogs, Posts, and Coverage

Other Resource Pages

02. Webinars and Podcasts

  • HOL — Teaching Science Online is Easy with Hands-On Labs: On Demand
  • Labster — Bringing Learning Online in Response to COVID-19: On Demand
  • Labster — Digital Strategy in Action: Moving My Science Course Online: On Demand
  • OLC — Addressing the Social-Emotional Needs of Remote K-12 Learners: On Demand
  • OLC — How To Survive Your (Hurried) Switch to Online Delivery Using UDL: On Demand
  • Blackboard — Preparing to Scale Online Teaching and Learning During Coronavirus: On Demand
  • OLC — Using Live, Online Sessions to Support Continuity of Instruction: On Demand
  • OLC — Making the Shift to Online Learning: Emergency Preparedness and Instructional Continuity: On Demand
  • Teaching Online Podcast — Beyond the Coronavirus: Continuity of Operations and Online Learning
  • WCET Interview: Megan Raymond with with Gerrit T. Bakker, Senior Director of Public Health Preparedness at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
  • Shake-Up Learning: Online Learning Tips for Teachers and Schools
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03. Our Partners in Online Science Learning

  • Hands-On Labs: With an extensive curriculum library, intuitive cloud-based learning platform, and lab-grade experiment kits, HOL is the turnkey solution for bringing your lab science course online.
  • eScience Labs: Through a combination of lab kits, virtual learning tools and customized digital curriculum, eScience Labs helps higher education institutions expand and strengthen science comprehension
  • OdigiaOdigia’s innovative platform provides an immersive teaching and learning experience with tools that drive engagement and collaboration. Simplified analytics measure performance, while pinpointing learning gaps to improve retention and success.
  • BioDigital: BioDigital, whose flagship app has more than three million registered users, provides the world's first 3D human visualization platform. Likened to Google Earth for the human body, the BioDigital Human Platform is an interactive software featuring more than 8,000 individually selectable anatomical structures. Each system is fully segmented, labeled and dissectable for easy configuration to meet any educational need, and the platform uses innovative, cloud-based technology to enable users to view the human anatomy in an intuitive visual format. 

04. General COVID-19 Resources

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Online Lab Curriculum

Our mission at Hands-On Labs is to help educate the scientists of tomorrow, regardless of where they are today. Customize your course by choosing from our extensive experiment library of more than 700 peer-reviewed lessons across nine science disciplines.

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The lab kit is the beating heart of every HOL lesson. Far from basic kitchen-science procedures, these advanced kits contain materials, chemicals, and equipment that reflect the sophistication of a traditional campus lab facility. They allow your students to unlock the joy of scientific discovery, no matter where in the world they might be.

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