OpenStax Allies offer free access to learning technology as courses move online this spring

As several schools decide to move their traditional classes temporarily online, OpenStax Allies are supporting instructors with free access to their online homework and courseware.

David Harris and Courtney Raymond Mar 12, 2020

In an effort to support instructors and students who have to accommodate growing social distancing requirements as a result of COVID-19, we are pleased to share that a substantial number of OpenStax Allies have agreed to offer free use of their platforms through the end of the spring semester for new customers transitioning to online teaching as a result of the virus. These measures are being offered to new customers only, in an effort to support an unforeseen transition to remote teaching.

We know many classes are moving suddenly and unexpectedly online, placing strain on educators to not only support students, but to maintain continuity in their courses. We’ve been working over the past week with our OpenStax Allies to determine how we can provide further support to the community at this time. Our Allies offer learning technology like courseware and online homework alongside OpenStax content, and their partnership helps sustain our organization and keep us moving forward in our mission of improving access to education.

These educational technology tools can help you bring many analog components of your course online quickly, which is especially critical for those on campuses with new social distancing requirements. We are truly grateful to the following OpenStax Allies who have come together and are providing free access to their platforms for community members who need to move their courses online for the first time or who have not used distancing technology before. They are listed below with the OpenStax subjects they support.

Chem101

Online homework – Chemistry 2e, Chemistry: Atoms First 2e

With Chem101, instructors can push 3,000+ interactive problems to their students in real-time during lecture, assign homework, and provide easy access to OpenStax learning resources. Contact hello@101edu.co with inquiries about their free offerings during spring 2020.

Classavo

Clicker/classroom engagement – all OpenStax subjects

Classavo provides a tool to create a customizable, interactive textbook with attendance, assignments, polls, and gives real-time analytics. Request a meeting at https://meetings.hubspot.com/classavo/30mindemo to inquire about their free offerings during spring 2020.

CogBooks

Adaptive courseware – College Physics, University Physics, Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Concepts of Biology, Introductory Statistics, Psychology, U.S. History

CogBooks’s adaptive learning system learns from each student’s actions and progress, creating a unique profile and personalized path. Contact hello@cogbooks.com with inquiries about their free offerings during spring 2020.

CriticalChem

Adaptive courseware – Chemistry

CriticalChem is a next-generation science course for non-majors introductory chemistry, centered on the real-world science of saving lives. The InSpark network is also sharing labs, lessons, simulations, and projects that promote active and personalized learning. Sign up at https://landing.inspark.education/teach for their free offerings during spring 2020.

eMath

Adaptive courseware – College Algebra, Algebra and Trigonometry, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Calculus, Introductory Statistics

eMath’s customizable, adaptive courseware supports OpenStax books with tens of thousands of algorithmic questions, analytics, and personalized remediation. Contact support@emath.com with inquiries about their free offerings during spring 2020.

Expert TA

Online homework – College Physics, University Physics, Astronomy, Biology 2e, Concepts of Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, College Physics for AP Courses

Expert TA is an online homework system that integrates with OpenStax, including access to end-of-chapter questions, textbook-independent supplemental problems, and interactive exercises. Expert TA will provide assistance and orientation to get new users started quickly. Contact main@theexpertta.com with inquiries about their free offerings during spring 2020.

Hawkes Learning

Adaptive courseware – Psychology, Principles of Microeconomics 2e

Hawkes Learning is an interactive, mastery-based courseware platform with error-specific feedback for students. Instructors access customization options and detailed reporting and analytics. Visit www.hawkeslearning.com/freeaccess to request your free access code for spring 2020.

iClicker

Clicker / classroom engagement – all OpenStax subjects

iClicker’s market-leading, research-backed student engagement solution offers free geolocation attendance, flexible polling and quizzing, affordable student options and an easy 5-minute setup. Visit https://www.macmillanlearning.com/college/us/rep/find-your-rep-institution to find your Macmillan Learning representative and inquire about their free iClicker offerings during spring 2020.

IntroMath by Vretta

Online homework – Algebra and Trigonometry, College Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Precalculus

Award-winning IntroMath offers interactive lessons and algorithmic assignments to provide students with an engaging learning experience in mathematics. Contact shoeb.mozammel@vretta.com with inquiries about their free offerings during spring 2020.

Junction Education

Adaptive courseware – Concepts of Biology, Principles of Economics 2e, Principles of Macroeconomics 2e, Principles of Microeconomics 2e, Introduction to Sociology 2e, Psychology, U.S. History

Junction seamlessly integrates curated videos, practice activities, discussion boards, OpenStax textbooks, and best-in-class assessments into an easy-to-use interface available on laptops, phones or tablets. Contact derek@junctioneducation.com with inquiries about their free offerings during spring 2020.

Knewton Alta

Adaptive courseware – College Algebra, Algebra and Trigonometry, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Calculus, Chemistry 2e, Chemistry: Atoms First 2e, Introductory Statistics, Introductory Business Statistics, Principles of Economics 2e, Principles of Macroeconomics 2e, Principles of Microeconomics 2e

Knewton’s Alta is accessible to all learners at $44 for two years of access and WCAG 2.0 AA-level ADA compliant. Alta integrates seamlessly into LMSs. Request access at https://secure.wiley.com/COVID19OpenWPAccess for their free offerings during spring 2020.

LabArchives

Lab manuals – Biology 2e, Chemistry 2e

LabArchives’ digital notebook and publishing platform are bringing science and students into the digital age while also increasing access to higher education. Contact labbuilder@labarchives.com with inquiries about their free offerings during spring 2020.

Lumen OHM

Online homework – College Physics, Chemistry 2e, Biology 2e, Concepts of Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Introduction to Sociology 2e, Introductory Statistics, Principles of Macroeconomics 2e, Principles of Microeconomics 2e, Precalculus, Psychology, U.S. History

Lumen Learning’s OHM is a flexible math homework engine that uses OER content to provide the frequent practice and feedback students need to master quantitative subjects. Visit https://info.lumenlearning.com/transition-spring2020 for information on their free offerings during spring 2020.

Lumen Waymaker

Adaptive courseware – Biology, Concepts of Biology, Principles of Economics 2e, Principles of Macroeconomics 2e, Principles of Microeconomics 2e, Introduction to Sociology 2e, Psychology

Lumen Learning provides simple-to-adopt digital course materials using open educational resources (OER). They are designed to improve learning and replace expensive textbooks in high-enrollment college courses. Visit https://info.lumenlearning.com/transition-spring2020 for information on their free offerings during spring 2020.

Lrnr

Adaptive courseware – Biology 2e, Concepts of Biology, Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, College Physics, Elementary Algebra, Prealgebra, Psychology, Introduction to Sociology 2e, American Government, U.S. History, Principles of Economics 2e, Principles of Macroeconomics 2e, Principles of Microeconomics 2e, Biology for AP Courses, Principles of Macroeconomics for AP Courses 2e, Principles of Microeconomics for AP Courses 2e

Lrnr integrates OpenStax content, adaptive assessment, analytics, and authoring capabilities into a single easy to use environment integrated with your LMS. Contact aravind@LRNFAST.com with inquiries about their free offerings during spring 2020.

Lyryx

Online homework – Principles of Accounting: Volumes 1 & 2, Introductory Business Statistics, Introductory Statistics, Calculus

Lyryx online homework features sought-after question formats, personalized grading algorithms, and an option for FREE student access. Contact tamsyn@lyryx.com with inquiries about their free offerings during spring 2020.

Odigia

Content customization – all OpenStax subjects

With Odigia, instructors turn open educational resources into engaging learning experiences and help students learn like never before. Visit http://www.odigia.com/transferring-courses-online/ to get started with their free offerings during spring 2020.

OpenStax Tutor

Adaptive courseware – Biology 2e, College Physics, Introduction to Sociology 2e

OpenStax Tutor Beta gives college students easy-to-use online courseware and learning tools they need to complete their course the first time. Visit https://calendly.com/openstax_tutor/openstax-tutor-demo to set up your appointment to create a free course for Biology 2e, College Physics, or Introduction to Sociology 2e for spring 2020.

panOpen

Content customization – American Government, Concepts of Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry 2e, Introduction to Business, Business Ethics, Principles of Macroeconomics 2e, Principles of Microeconomics 2e, Psychology, Introduction to Sociology 2e, U.S. History

panOpen provides peer-reviewed OER, tools for customization, assessment, and analytics, and a means of financially sustaining campus-based OER efforts. Contact dsantamaria@panopen.com with inquiries about their free offerings during spring 2020.

Perusall

Adaptive courseware – all OpenStax subjects

Perusall’s social learning platform connects students to the material and each other and offers novel data analytics to automatically grade engagement. Perusall always has a free option. Contact support@perusall.com with inquiries about how to use their free offering.

Rover by OpenStax

Online homework – College Algebra, Algebra and Trigonometry, Precalculus

Online math homework with step-level feedback to support your students and detailed analytics to support your teaching. Visit https://calendly.com/dfharris02openstax/30min to set up your appointment to create a free course in Rover by OpenStax for spring 2020.

Sapling Learning

Online homework – Biology 2e, Concepts of Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry 2e, College Physics, University Physics, Astronomy, Introductory Statistics, Principles of Economics 2e, Principles of Macroeconomics 2e, Principles of Microeconomics 2e, College Physics for AP Courses

Sapling Learning offers online homework, with a legacy of excellence that informs their approach to developing content with interactive teaching tools. Visit https://www.macmillanlearning.com/college/us/rep/find-your-rep-institution to find your Macmillan Learning representative and inquire about their free Sapling Learning offering during spring 2020.

SimBio

Labs – Biology 2e

The open-ended experiments and built-in feedback of SimBio’s virtual labs and tutorials engage students in discovery-based learning. Contact sales@simbio.com with inquiries about their free offerings during spring 2020.

Squarecap

Clicker / classroom engagement – all OpenStax subjects

Squarecap is the easiest way to track attendance, encourage class participation, and provide students with immediate feedback in class. Contact stephanie@squarecap.com with inquiries about their free offerings during spring 2020.

Varafy

Online homework – College Algebra, Algebra and Trigonometry, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Calculus, College Physics, University Physics, Introductory Statistics, Introductory Business Statistics, Principles of Accounting: Volumes 1 & 2, College Physics for AP Courses

An online practice and homework solution designed specifically for STEM and Business courses. Easily create your own questions – no coding required! Contact lbuchan@varafy.com with inquiries about their free offerings during spring 2020.

WileyPLUS

Online homework – Biology 2e, Concepts of Biology

The WileyPLUS Learning Space platform provides OpenStax users with homework, animations and adaptive learning to increase student engagement. Request access at https://secure.wiley.com/COVID19OpenWPAccess for their free offerings during spring 2020.

XYZ Homework

Online homework – College Algebra, Algebra and Trigonometry, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Calculus, Introductory Statistics, Introductory Business Statistics

XYZ Homework includes thousands of OpenStax book-aligned algorithmic questions with a professional team to help customize and set up your courses. Contact support@xyzhomework.com with inquiries about their free offerings during spring 2020.

High schools can contact support@varsitylearning.com for information on using Varsity Learning, a free high school version of the online homework courses.

zyBooks

Adaptive courseware – Precalculus, Calculus

zyBooks delivers OpenStax content the way students want it. Animations and learning questions present topics where text and figures fall short. Request access at https://www.zybooks.com/ for their free offerings during spring 2020.

If you need help contacting any of the above listed partners about their free offerings during this time, please email info@openstax.org and we can assist you. We have partners in subjects from accounting to biology to American Government. And while not all are able to offer free access to their platforms at this time, you can explore the full range of OpenStax Allies here.

OpenStax and our partners are here to help you in these challenging times. Please let us know how we can support you as you move your course online. You can learn more about OpenStax’s efforts to support instructors during this time here.

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