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Finding Support During #Coronavirus Lockdown

Hi! We hope you are all keeping well and safe in these troubling times. The effects of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 are being felt all around the world. While in many ways it is revealing the ways we live in an interconnected world and enhancing a sense of global community, the measures being taken in many countries to slow the spread of the virus (shutting down educational institutions; practicing social distancing; and various degrees of lockdown) are further isolating for researchers and bring their own challenges. Many of the conferences and meetings that support our communities have been cancelled or moved online (including our own seminar next week).

With this in mind we have put together a collection of resources that can support GO-GN members and the wider community of educators at this time. This is a live list that is being updated and organised as resources become available.

We have a WhatsApp group for ongoing support and community. If you are a GO-GN member you are welcome to join this group – just drop us a line in the usual ways and we can add you manually.

There is also a weekly drop-in session (Weds 1500-1600 GMT) for anyone who would like support from ourselves and colleagues at The Open University (UK). Details at http://blog.edtechie.net/ou/open-university-help-for-other-institutions-drop-in-sessions/.

Looking ahead to next week, you can follow the (now online) OER20 conference and join sessions at https://oer20.oerconf.org/programme/

FutureLearn has produced a free online course for helping people to move their teaching online at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/teach-online

Similarly, OpenLearn is offering a free 8 week course on online education at https://www.open.edu/openlearn/education-development/education/take-your-teaching-online/content-section-overview?active-tab=content-tab

Twitter hashtag #pivotonline has been used to share information and tips for moving teaching and student support online.

OECD Education and Skills Today offers ideas for teachers and school systems to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic https://oecdedutoday.com/how-teachers-school-systems-respond-coronavirus-talis/

Educause: How Technology Can Support Student Success during COVID-19 https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2020/3/how-technology-can-support-student-success-during-covid19

Martin Hawksey has produced a guide to remote leadership at https://mashe.hawksey.info/2020/03/virtual-teams-so-youve-just-become-a-remote-team-leader-what-next-tips-on-adjusting/

Videoconferencing Alternatives: How Low-Bandwidth Teaching Will Save Us All https://www.iddblog.org/videoconferencing-alternatives-how-low-bandwidth-teaching-will-save-us-all/

Heather Robinson shares Reflections on COVID-19 and OA: materials now, advocacy later https://sustainingknowledgecommons.org/2020/03/23/reflections-on-covid-19-and-oa-materials-now-advocacy-later

Higher Education in the Time of COVID-19 https://zcomm.org/znetarticle/higher-education-in-the-time-of-covid-19/

QM Emergency Remote Instruction (ERI) Checklist https://www.qualitymatters.org/qa-resources/resource-center/articles-resources/ERI-Checklist

Conducting qualitative fieldwork during COVID-19 (webinars) https://www.qsrinternational.com/nvivo-qualitative-data-analysis-software/resources/live-webinars

The Online Learning Collective offers support for those transitioning online https://sites.google.com/view/online-learning-collective

Ebba Ossianilsson describes how Corona changed education, learning and work https://i4quality.se/blog/how-corana-covid19-change-education

Coronavirus, Learning, And Crisis Management… Opportunity Knocks https://elearningindustry.com/educational-crisis-leadership-coronavirus-learning-opportunity-knocks#.Xn4X0-NtmDE.twitter

ICDE is hosting a webinar on Open, online and distance teaching and learning during the Corona Virus pandemic on 26th March 2020. Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_y4rzTakpSKijJ2NHdweR8Q

We have also put together some useful websites for Coronavirus:

Free online resources from the British Medical Journal https://www.bmj.com/coronavirus

World Health Organisation: Mental health and COVID-19 http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/noncommunicable-diseases/mental-health/data-and-resources/mental-health-and-covid-19

Doug Clow has put together COVID-19 materials for educators https://dougclow.org/covid-19-response/

COVID-19 Open Source Dashboard https://towardsdatascience.com/covid-19-open-source-dashboard-fa1d2b4cd985?gi=2ffc14bc80dd

Coronavirus and your wellbeing https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

Share your unused computer power to help find a cure https://foldingathome.org/

Preprint uploads during the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) epidemic https://github.com/lbrierley/epi_preprint

UpToDate COVID-19 https://www.uptodate.com/contents/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

COVID-19 panel discussion from The University of Melbourne https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjnO9ExoGHY

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource from the National Association of School Psychologists https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource

Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks https://store.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/SAMHSA_Digital_Download/PEP20-01-01-006-508.pdf

Project Noah, a citizen science platform for K12 teachers https://www.projectnoah.org/

National Emergency Library to Provide Digitized Books to Students and the Public https://blog.archive.org/2020/03/24/announcing-a-national-emergency-library-to-provide-digitized-books-to-students-and-the-public/

If you’d like to add something to the list you can email suggestions to rob.farrow@open.ac.uk.

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