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Coronavirus

COVID-19 Resources

The resources below were meant to help APLU members as they rise to meet new challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.  This is not an exhaustive list.  To submit a resource, please email publicaffairs@aplu.org.  Not all submissions will be added to this page.

To view proposed reopening plans, click here.

  • Delivering quality online education at scale
    • Solve by Every Learner Everywhere – Extensive library of digital teaching and learning resources broken out into three categories: students, instructors, and administrators. Also includes a special section on adaptive courseware resources. Contains a wide-range of content types, including articles, e-Learning modules, tools, videos, and case studies.
    • LabXchange – Brings together high-quality content from a variety of sources in the form of online learning assets, including videos, assessments, and simulations. Open EdX platform from Harvard Faculty of Arts & Sciences gives users the flexibility to search, select and insert these assets into their own customized learning pathways.
    • The Difference Between Emergency Remote Teaching and Online Learning, by Charles Hodges, Stephanie Moore, Barb Lockee, Torrey Trust and Aaron Bond, EDCAUSE Review – In-depth article covers effective online education during an emergency. Stresses that well-planned online learning experiences are meaningfully different from courses offered online in response to a crisis or disaster. Colleges and universities working to maintain instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic should understand those differences when evaluating emergency remote teaching. 
    • How to be a Better Online Teacher Advice Guide, by Flower Darby, Chronicle of Higher Education--Advice on how to make your online pedagogy as effective and satisfying as the in-person version.
  • Providing equitable access to online education
    • WCET’s mobile devices-related resources – On how mobile devices bring challenges to colleges and universities, including issues concerning access to websites, both from an accessibility standpoint (websites and pages must be mobile friendly and should follow accessibility standards), and how institutions should consider whether all students own and can use such tools. Information Technology (IT) departments should also be concerned with ensuring adequate wireless internet coverage in all classroom and spaces, so that the institution’s applications can actually access the internet and be used.
  • Assessing student learning outcomes in the online environment
  • Adjusting academic policies and practices given COVID-19
    • The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) developed sets of guidance by topic areas including Admissions, FERPA, Financial Aid, Grades, and Transcripts for institutions to consider as they consider policy changes during COVID-19.
  • Supporting remote advising
  • Supporting students’ basic and mental health needs during this crisis period
    • The Hope Center has a variety of useful guides on meeting students’ basic needs, with special care given to low-income, homeless, and students with experience in foster care.
    • COVID-19 Guide for Instructors: Supporting Students in Times of Crisis - Recommended approaches on how instructors can support students’ well-being and academic success and promote equitable outcomes from social psychologists at the College Transition Collaborative.
    • The Crisis Textline for Students provides 24/7 support to students with immediate mental health needs.
    • The Steve Fund is dedicated to the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color. Text STEVE to 741741 and a live, trained Crisis Counselor will respond.
  • Supporting choices about when and how to re-open this fall
  • Maximizing enrollment for fall and reducing summer melt
    • AdmitHub has an exclusive offer for APLU institutions to use their AI chatbot technology to combat summer melt and boost enrollment.
  • Making informed decisions in IT
    • Remote learning has added costs and universities are swamped with offers and options from technology vendors. Educause created a community vendor assessment toolkit that may help.
  • Re-starting research activity and re-opening labs
  • Effective community engagement online considering COVID-19