External Resources for Teaching Online

As you develop your online course, you may find some of these external resources useful:

Free Content

OLI Chemistry Free for COVID-19 Impacted Institutions

CMU’s OLI Chemistry may be helpful to educators moving courses online due to coronavirus. These materials are free for use by Covid-19 impacted institutions. The courseware covers General Chemistry I and General Chemistry II. Each module includes short amounts of texts, worked examples (including interactive worked examples), a multitude of thoughtfully scaffolded practice problems (with adaptive and targeted feedback), and assessments.


Those making transitions to online, especially those in large classes may want to inquire into content being offered for free through Cengage https://www.cengage.com/covid-19-support/ . This would include access to quizzlets, assignments and exams that can be managed through the software.


Pearson is providing free access to ebooks, tips on promoting academic integrity in the online environment as well as language regarding online etiquette https://www.pearson.com/news-and-research/working-learning-online-during-pandemic.html.


North Carolina School of Science and Math

The North Carolina School of Science and Math is a leader in providing synchronous education. They’ve opened up some of their training to others in the UNC System. These trainings are targeted to faculty who teach in smaller courses (<50 students).

A few of the current offerings include:

  • Crash Course in Remote Teaching (Canvas)
  • Alternatives to In-Person Labs
  • Asynchronous Assessment Strategies


Free and Discounted Ed Tech Tools for Online Learning (Campus Technology)

Remote Teaching Resources for Business Continuity

Getting Started Online


Resources/Texts from Publishers

Publisher Content Available for Free Upon Request
  • WileyPLUS and Knewton – Request to free Online Courseware for Impacted Institutions
  • zyBooks – Computer Science, Engineering, Math courseware
  • McGraw-Hill – offering free access for the rest of term; complete the online form to get started
  • Cengage – Offering students free access to all their digital platforms and 14,000 ebooks through Cengage Unlimited, for the remainder of spring semester. For more information, please reach out to your local representative or submit your email address here.
  • Pearson – if students need to switch from printed to digital versions of Pearson materials, students can access materials at no additional cost for the remainder of the term.


Assesing Student Learning

Open Educational Resources

  • MERLOT access to curated online resources and tools for all disciplines
  • OER Commons to search for and create teaching tools and strategies 
  • OpenStax for access to high quality textbooks

Accessibility and Inclusivity

Discipline-Specific Resources

Miscellaneous Resources

These resources have been collected from colleagues across the ECU campus, UNC System Schools and other institutions. If you have additional articles/resources to share, please email them to Andrew Horne (hornea16@ecu.edu).