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COVID-19 Partnership Support

From the beginning, Instructure knows the value of partnering with the best tool providers in the business. Many of our partners have built tools specifically geared to support distanced learning and video conferencing, in particular. Below is a collection of partners ready to help in these extraordinary times. Check back often as we will update with new information.



Microsoft Teams - Free for all Educational Institutions

Microsoft Teams is included in Office 365 A1, which is free for ALL educational institutions. In partnership with Microsoft our team worked hard to bring you a Microsoft Teams Conferencing integration. Use this Canvas Quick Guide to get started.

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G Suite for Education customers given access to advanced Google Meet features.

G Suite and G Suite for Education customers have free access to advanced Google Meet features now through September 30th, 2020.

These features include having up to 250 people in a call together, recording meetings, and live streaming content for up to 100,000 people within the domain.

COVID-19 support resources

Canvas Quick Start Guide

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Canvas Web Conferencing tool - (free)

Canvas Conferences (BigBlueButton) is the built-in virtual classroom solution for Canvas. Premium Conferences, which included unlimited downloads and recordings, is available with short term contract options.

COVID-19 Contingency Planning

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Web Conferencing Tool

Zoom is temporarily lifting the 40-minute time limit on Free Basic accounts for schools affected by the Coronavirus. Teachers can use this free option in Canvas by manually copying the zoom link into Canvas Course/Assignment.

School Verification Form

If you have "Business" or "Enterprise" you will be able to leverage the Zoom LTI. See guide below:

Zoom LTI for Canvas Guide

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Blackboard Collaborate supports the education community with a free 30-day trial for Instructors and a low-fee departmental license

Designed exclusively for education, Blackboard Collaborate simulates a real classroom experience allowing instructors to deliver teaching and learning anywhere, anytime. Individual Instructors can sign up for a free 30-day trial of Blackboard Collaborate. And Institution departments can stand up a virtual classroom with unlimited rooms, up to 250 users per room, and 1M total session minutes, for a low fee. Classrooms are provisioned within hours of order submission.

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Department License

Click here to access free training resources for Collaborate and other tools to support remote instruction.

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Due to COVID-19 outbreak CirQlive is offering FREE usage our gold standard Canvas- web conferencing integration for 90 days.

CirQlive integrates major web conferencing platforms such as Zoom (including Zoombasic accounts), Webex, GoToMeeting, GoToTraining, GoToWebinar and BlueJeans into Canvas.

Our platform enables easy, effective and efficient management of the web conferencing platform from within Canvas via the LTI tool.

We also offer free consulting and training for 90 days to any institution that needs help scaling their online learning via web conferencing .

Please contact us here or at [email protected] for more information and to receive the Key, URL and Secret to connect our LTI platform to Canvas.



Virtual Classroom

VEDAMO Virtual Classroom is an interactive web conferencing tool for educators with an online whiteboard, breakout rooms and full tutor's control over participants' actions. Conduct live online teaching sessions by drawing, writing or sharing images, videos and documents. All Canvas users may subscribe for a 30-day free trial or for a premium plan.

Use - 30 % discount code UW4MVT – after the trial or directly select for a premium account / Choose the most suitable plan.

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Free Web Conferencing for all K-12 and Higher Education customers integrated into Canvas

RingCentral for Canvas makes it easy to schedule and manage RingCentral meetings within Canvas. Evolve your online courses, virtual office hours, and study group sessions into a collaborative learning environment with easy one-click access to RingCentral meetings. With RingCentral for Canvas, instructors and students can seamlessly schedule, join, and manage all their meetings in one place.

Click her for more information on RingCentral for Canvas

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Cisco Webex

Cisco Webex Education Connector enables seamless integration of Webex Meetings and Webex Teams directly within Canvas. Teachers and administrators can teach live classes remotely, hold meetings and office hours, share files, and record instruction. Students are able to collaborate before, during, and after class with peers and teachers.

All K-12/primary/secondary and higher education customers are eligible for significant discounts through the Cisco Collaboration Flex Plan for Education.

Special programs and offers for K-12

Install the Webex Education Connector in Canvas

Webex for education IT admin resources

Or contact us to get started.

Video Conferencing

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Amazon Web Services

AWS delivers services to support remote learning and teaching.

From virtual classrooms to remote workspaces, AWS has free-use offers available to help K-12 school systems and higher education institutions shift to virtual learning environments and enable:

Virtual Classrooms – Communications tool Amazon Chime lets users virtually connect with voice, video, and chat features. Amazon Chime supports online meetings with up to 100 participants (growing to 250 later this month), including chats and video calls, all from a single application. AWS will offer free use of all Amazon Chime Pro features for online meetings and video conferencing from March 4, 2020 to June 30, 2020 for all customers that start using Amazon Chime for the first time during this period from their AWS account.

Remote Workspaces for Students – AWS can give teachers and students anywhere, anytime access to data and applications on their own connected device to enable them to work remotely. With Amazon WorkSpaces, users get a fast, responsive desktop of their choice that they can access anywhere, anytime, from any supported device.

Remote Computer LabsAmazon AppStream 2.0 supports rapid deployment of virtual computer labs that provide students with the resources they need to continue learning from home and at a distance.

Virtual Desktops – AWS provides highly interactive cloud desktops that enable student productivity requirements. Higher education and K-12 schools use Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) or physical PCs to facilitate faculty, staff, researcher, and/or student access to desktops and applications.

AWS Education website

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Pronto is now available for teachers at no cost for the remainder of the spring and summer semesters.

Pronto is frictionless communication for every teacher and every student -- within class, across campus, or around the world. With chat, video, file sharing, and one-step integrations, Pronto helps teachers connect, students engage, and education stay on-track.

Staying Connected Amid Coronavirus Concerns

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Enable students to help each other virtually to keep them engaged and on track with 50% off CircleIn subscription for all displaced and distance students for the 1st semester.

CircleIn is an easy to use studying app and website, where students study online together and seek to help their classmates who are struggling before it is too late. The biggest influencers earn points, gifts and scholarships for helping positively engage and support their community of classmates.

Circlein Executive Summary

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Nearpod offering free access to keep students engaged if learning moves out of the classroom.

Nearpod is providing temporary free, schoolwide licenses to schools affected by closures. In addition, they have compiled a set of resources to help use the tools in a remote environment.

Coronavirus: Keep Students Engaged in Learning... Wherever They Are

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Slack is a channels-based messaging platform that integrates with over 2,000 other apps and software services. Slack is currently offering a slew of resources, including live consultations, on how you can turn Slack into a productive and engaging distance learning hub.

Distance learning thrives in Slack

The student and faculty guide to collaborating in Slack

Helpful how-tos for the transition to remote work

Canvas Guide-Slack Notifications

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Use Wooclap quizzes in Canvas for distance learning

When most of the teaching is based on classroom interaction, face reading and direct transmission of knowledge between teacher and students, imagining what this experience should look like when it takes place 100% online is a major challenge. To support you in this challenge, Wooclap offers you 3 free solutions to ensure learning continuity outside of the classroom.

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All FeedbackFruits tools are now free to support teachers during COVID-19.

Instructors starting to use FeedbackFruits tools to cope with COVID-19 will have free access until they can resume their regular teaching. Tools include multiple options for peer feedback, activating study material, interactive classrooms, and discussion.


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Flocabulary is extending free school-wide platform access and remote-learning resources to schools and districts closed due to COVID-19, including daily webinars and parents resources.

Coronavirus: Engage students & spark creativity ... wherever they are

Student Engagement/Collaboration

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Adobe Creative Cloud For Education

Adobe Creative Cloud empowers students to think creatively and communicate expressively

Adobe is committed to supporting educators by providing students with the means to grow their digital literacy skills and communicate their learning and ideas in innovative ways. We are giving our higher education and K-12 customers greater access to their Creative Cloud licenses to facilitate distance learning through May 31, 2020.

Access free distance learning resources HERE

Adapting your existing Creative Cloud lab licenses for distancing learning

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Instructional design resources available free of charge

A new e-book, The iDEA Book: Educational Research and Practical Examples for Distinctive Course Design is available here

In response to faculty needs during this time, iDesign will launch a new Digital Teaching track to its LX Pathways offerings on March 20 and will offer free course access for at least the next six months. This brief, focused, competency-based certificate program, designed by digital teaching and learning experts, will address how to debunk myths around online learning, support peer-to-peer interaction through collaboration in asynchronous spaces, and communicate expectations and feedback clearly to students.

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Genially is committed to helping out our community during this difficult time.

At Genially we are committed to helping our community of educators and facilitate remote learning during this difficult time. We understand how important it is to stay together and roll out initiatives to keep learning going for students.

In response to the dramatic number of school closures, and hoping to facilitate remote learning to thousands of people, many of our premium templates and resources are now available for free, for everyone. Forever. The goal is that students, educators, and professionals can have access to a good number of diverse and quality materials to work on.

Register for Free

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Scaffold Designer

K16 Solutions Designer available for free to help campuses going online.

Scaffold Designer is directly integrated with Canvas and includes a step-by-step guide for online course creation. We have scaled down a version of our Scaffold Designer product to its core features to help faculty move course content quickly into properly organized and formatted online courses.

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Clixie Waives Fees for the Fall '20 Semester

Clixie Media extended its waived fees through the Fall 2020 semester, due to high demand. Educators can use Clixie’s interactive tools to enhance the online learning experience, including in-video quizzes and interactive bookmarks. The ability to create interactive videos, and now interactive podcasts, makes virtual learning more effective for educators and engaging for students.

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Möbius from DigitalEd

The e-learning platform built specifically for STEM courses

Möbius is an e-learning platform, perfectly suited for STEM (Science, Technology, Education, Mathematics), that excels at creating and deploying interactive teaching and assessment content for higher-education. Get your online courses up and running quickly with the Möbius Starter Content Bundle that covers a variety of STEM disciplines that can be used as-is or modified to fit your curriculum.

Academic Continuity Planning

Enhance your LMS with Möbiuss

Connecting Möbius to your LMS

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Rapid distributed instructional design and content specialists to ensure business continuity

As over 300 universities and 939 school districts in the US alone have shut, we have been busy fielding calls from educators.

The main requirements have been "..we need it ready quickly and it must be social and secure" This is why, for us, rapidly deployable materials on Canvas are critical. We have scaled up a dedicated team of globally distributed instructional design and digital content specialists to ensure that business continuity happens for all educational institutions at scale, over the next few months. This team is available around the clock.

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We provide innovative tools to support instructional design teams at scale, including:

- DesignPLUS: Advanced course authoring toolset
- UDOIT Cloud: Course-level accessibility checker
- TidyUP: File and folder clean-up utility
- ReadyGO: Course readiness tracker

Our tools help you build and deliver Canvas courses faster, while making it easier to achieve quality, consistency, and accessibility across those courses.

Learn more about the ways we can help.

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How to practice math in Canvas with Wiris Quizzes?

At WIRIS we have decided to open our Wiris Quizzes course for free to teachers. Wiris Quizzes is available in Canvas as a tool that can broaden the possibilities of your math and science exercises and quizzes through open questions. This 15-hour online course on Wiris Quizzes will help teachers learn from the most basic to the most advanced aspects of handling this STEM tool: among other things, they will be able to learn and practice adding random parameters to open-ended questions, creating algorithms, configuring the evaluation of answers, customizing feedback from students' answers, etc.

More information and free course registration

Content Creation
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Free access to our digital platforms and ebooks

Cengage is here to help, ready to answer your questions and offer any needed support for your courses. You can find a variety of resources for virtual teaching as well as support options like 1:1 training, personalized course set up and more on our COVID-19 support page.

Visit our COVID-19 support page for more information

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Odigia stands ready to assist the higher education community with the transition to online learning by offering complimentary access to those campuses that are in immediate need. Institutions and their faculty can learn more by visiting the link below:

Transferring Courses Online

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Derivita is offering its online math homework system for free through August 30, 2020.

Created by the co-founder of Canvas, Devlin Daley, Derivita can be integrated with Canvas in minutes. Available courses include QR/College Math, College Algebra, Precalculus, and Calculus 1-3.

Open-ended, authentic math questions are auto-graded and give dynamic feedback and solutions to students.

Derivita hosting is available Internationally. While content can be created in any language and locale, the user interface and current courseware content is authored in American English.

Visit our website at or send us an email at [email protected] to get started.

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Wiley and Sons

Free Access to Wiley Courseware

Per Wiley publisher, instructors and their students without and adopted online learning solution, such as WileyPLUS, Knewton Alta, or zyBooks, can receive free access to their courseware for the remaining Spring 2020 term. This access will provide personalized, auto-graded assignments, activities, assessments, and lecture replacement resources, as well as dedicated support from their Customer Success teams.

Instructors teaching at impacted institutions looking to provide continuity of learning can request access to WileyPLUS or Knewton Alta by simply completing this request form. Instructors looking for zyBooks access can apply through the zyBooks website.

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VitalSource Helps offers free access to an expansive catalog of ebooks for students at impacted institutions.

VitalSource has joined leading publishers to help ensure students at semester-calendar institutions can access digital course materials due to the rapid campus shift to distance-learning. Students can log into the VitalSource Bookshelf app at using their school email address and can then find and view course materials via VitalSource’s Explore capabilities within Bookshelf. Learn more at

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Newsela is providing free access to all of its products, including ELA, Science, Social Studies, and SEL

Newsela is an instructional content platform that combines authentic, leveled content with integrated formative assessments, culled from today's most trusted publishers.

Coronavirus resource center

Remote teaching toolkit

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BrainPOP is offering free, unlimited use of BrainPOP to any school, anywhere, that is closed due to the Coronavirus during the period of their closure.

Consider using BrainPOP’s animated movies, assessment resources, and creative tools for distance learning, support for projects and homework, and keeping students on track with their studies

Free access

Distance learning webinars

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Openly licensed online books, pre-made Canvas Course Shells, and free courseware

OpenStax publishes openly licensed college and high school textbooks that are always free online. Search "OpenStax" in Canvas Commons to find Canvas Course Shells for the content, created by the team at CCC-OEI.

Visit for more resources to support the transition to teaching online, including information on free access to courseware from OpenStax and 30 of its partners.

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Education Perfect

EP's Remote Learning Platform keeps students connected and learning

EP is offering free and unlimited access to all schools until 1st May. Our curriculum aligned resources, feedback and collaboration features, classroom management tools and deep data insights allow students to stay connected with their teachers and their peers, and continue to progress in their learning.

EP can work stand-alone or seamlessly with a school's existing learning management system, providing fast onboarding and minimal disruption.

EP for School

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Britannica Digital Learning

COVID-19 Emergency Resources for Every School From Britannica

Britannica has made available COVID-19 emergency resources to every school. Get free access to Britannica LaunchPacks, for social studies (social sciences) and science, being leveraged by schools around the world who are grappling with shutdowns, conducting classes online and working to minimize the impact on students, families, and staff. LaunchPacks can be used to create differentiated virtual lessons, online study packs or remote assignments for thousands of K-12 topics.

For free access please visit: (for schools in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia)

Content Providers
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Free access to Unicheck until June 30.

Unicheck originality tools support self-checks and provide comprehensive online reports, with the ability to process thousands of papers at a time without slowdowns. For institutions without active Unicheck licenses, the Unicheck team is offering free access to the plagiarism checker till June 30.

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Proctorio is offering browser locked down completely free and $5/exam remote proctoring

For schools affected by closures, Proctorio is integrated into Canvas and can be set up in less than 5 minutes.

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Online Exam Proctoring

Respondus is partnering with educational institutions throughout the world as they rapidly transition to fully remote administration of classes. Institutions not currently licensing LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor can request a free, 2-month pilot.

Helping Educators Transition to Remote Learning

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Gradecope by Turnitin

Gradescope is providing free access to Gradescope Complete for new courses created through June 30, 2020. All existing 2020 courses have been upgraded.

Gradescope supports various assessment options to meet your immediate needs, including:

- Fully online assignments which allow students to combine digital (multiple-choice/free response) and paper-based (formulas/drawings) work

- Existing paper-based assignments

- Programming assignments

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Academic Integrity
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Provides two analytics solutions that identify struggling or at-risk students, and that give metrics on the engagement of instructors in their courses.

AspirEDU is available for a 3 month contract and can be set up quickly where needed.

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Enflux provides a decision support platform for higher education, aggregating and curating data in real-time into insightful, actionable reports to help schools improve overall performance and student success

To provide immediate support during the rapid shift to distance learning, Enflux is offering schools its proven Student Performance tracking tool at no cost through August. Now, more than ever, schools need to ensure their teams have access to real-time insights to make better decisions and support student success. Enflux enables faculty to observe, document, and track every single student via one user-friendly portal, and to use powerful collaboration tools to work synergistically. For schools administering exams with Examsoft, this offer includes our premium Examsoft Dashboards.

Schedule a DEMO now to turn your data into insights.

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Watermark Analytics

Empowering meaningful student and institutional outcomes improvement

It’s more important than ever to maintain your course evaluations, though you may use that data differently this semester. Our course evaluation and institutional survey solution, EvaluationKIT by Watermark, integrates easily and seamlessly with Canvas, and can help you get the insights needed to continue effectively serving your students. To learn more about special piloting opportunities to support you during COVID-19, contact us today and browse these other resources:

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Bluepulse: The Engagement Network

Explorance remains committed to supporting the Higher Education community and keeping students and instructors connected and engaged no matter the distance. Bluepulse is a people engagement app that allows you to connect, ask questions, check-in, and share information in real-time about anything. As your students, faculty, and staff adjust to this new academic normal, Bluepulse can help you ensure quality teaching and learning continues, and you’re providing the best student experience possible. Learn more by visiting the Bluepulse website or contact us. Start engaging with your students like never before!

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ReadSpeaker is waiving its fees during the COVID19 crisis, helping institutions address accessibility needs and provide equal access.

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<p><strong>COVID-19 Free Access to the Leading Video Coaching Software</strong></p>

<p>Do you observe students performing a skill in your face-to-face courses?</p>

<p>GoReact helps you capture, evaluate, and transition those in-class activities, presentations, and assignments online.</p>

<p>With a smartphone or laptop, students can capture everything from student teaching observations, group presentations, musical performances, speaking in a foreign language, mock interviews, or clinical observations.</p>

<p>Instructors then access these student videos asynchronously or synchronously to give time-coded feedback and record scores in Canvas. Managing and grading student video assignment submissions has never been so easy.</p>

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ReadSpeaker will be offering free use of their suite of audio-enhanced reading, writing, and learning tools. ReadSpeaker’s tools improve learning outcomes for all students, while meeting accessibility requirements and the needs of a larger percentage of learners, such as those with visual impairments, reading difficulties, dyslexia, and foreign students.

Speech-enabling for Learning Management Systems

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COVID-19 Free Access to the Leading Video Coaching Software

Do you observe students performing a skill in your face-to-face courses?

GoReact helps you capture, evaluate, and transition those in-class activities, presentations, and assignments online.

With a smartphone or laptop, students can capture everything from student teaching observations, group presentations, musical performances, speaking in a foreign language, mock interviews, or clinical observations.

Instructors then access these student videos asynchronously or synchronously to give time-coded feedback and record scores in Canvas. Managing and grading student video assignment submissions has never been so easy.

Until June 30th, GoReact is offering free access to all higher education users. To take advantage of this offer, visit the GoReact Coronavirus Website at


Apple ™


As K–12 and Higher Education institutions around the world adopt remote learning, Apple has new resources to support you:

IT leaders can read Prepare your Apple devices for remote learning for information on preparing their environment and Apple devices for remote learning

Visit the collection of videos designed to help schools and educators make the most of remote learning. The App Store has curated the Remote Learning for Institutions and Educators collection to support remote learning for all students.

Follow @AppleEDU for chats with other teachers and other resources. Find best practices for how to clean your Apple products here.

Canvas Student iOS App

Canvas Teacher iOS App

Canvas Parent iOS App

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EesySoft is offering 3 month Pilot for 50% off

The EesySoft EdTech Adoption Platform informs Canvas users of immediate changes and processes to follow when they have to go to fully online teaching. With in-application messages that are targeted and personalized to the user to ensure they know what to focus on and when. Additionally, Eesysoft streamlines the support processes by providing all support articles within the application at the moment of need, and all of this is powered by data-driven insights on adoption and utilization of the Canvas LMS and its 3rd party tools.

Visit our Emergency Response page or contact your Canvas CSM for more information.

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Deliver engaging feedback on code.

To help all affected universities with moving their computer science education online, CodeGrade is offering a free license to all affected institutions for the remainder of the academic year. With CodeGrade you can easily automate the feedback process for programming assignments and give more insightful manual feedback to your students.

More information can be found here:

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Qwickly Course Tools Free Until July 1, 2020

In order to assist instructors managing increased workload, Qwickly is providing free access to Qwickly Course Tools for Canvas schools without an active license from now until July 1, 2020. This set of tools allows instructors to post announcements, add content, create discussions, create assignments and more to multiple courses, making greater use of Canvas to distribute electronic content.

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At MindEdge, we've launched A Practical Guide to Online Teaching and Learning. Here's the link.

The guide is appropriate to educators in K12 and HigherEd seeking to explore some of the critical elements vital for adapting to today’s realities and adopting a sustainable approach to building great courses.

Elements of this course are taken from our Online Learning Certificate and curated specifically as a ready resource of reference and reflection in today’s time of crisis.

MindEdge also has a range of low-cost, fully-integrated courseware and materials to support academic, professional development and continuing education use cases. Existing MindEdge partners have access to some free courses available for offer on their platforms. If there's something we can help with, please reach out.

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StrongMind to Provide School Districts with FREE Online Programs Amid Closures

StrongMind, a digital learning solutions company based in Chandler, has announced that it will begin providing online courses to school districts without existing programs. Furthermore, StrongMind will do so at no cost. StrongMind is prepared to onboard, train, and support educators and families for the remainder of the school year in hope that students can return to classes without significant interruption to their learning. With nearly two decades serving online and blended schools across the country, StrongMind is ready to equip district teachers with NCAA approved and state aligned courses.

COVID-19 School Support

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Monitor students’ browsing within Canvas (free)

GoGuardian is implementing added support and offering free access to GoGuardian Teacher for impacted schools. Teachers can utilize our GoGuardian Teacher (GGT) product to monitor and shape their students' browsing experience outside of the classroom. As an example, they can use GGT to limit their browsing experience to Canvas only so that students can stay on task while they are outside of the classroom.

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aPlus+ Attendance & Contact Tracing

Attendance Tracking with Contact Tracing, Seating Plans and Zoom Integration

aPlus+ Attendance has added several new features to support our customers. For online and hybrid classes, you can now capture attendance from your Zoom sessions directly. For returning to onsite classes, we now offer seating plans, and contact tracing reporting (for tracking recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for Covid-19)

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