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Free resources to help you transition to teaching online


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on resources and tools for transitioning to online teaching.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response: To help you navigate the challenge of transitioning to teaching online, we have opened up access to the following resources to help you set up and manage an online course quickly and successfully, at no charge to you or your students.


Free access to eTextbooks

In collaboration with our digital textbook partners, we are freeing up access to SAGE eTextbooks to help ensure students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will have free access to digital learning materials through the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. 


Beginning March 16 through May 25, 2020, access to an expansive catalog of eTextbooks will be available for free to students at semester-calendar institutions who have been impacted by recent campus closures. Students simply log in to the VitalSource Bookshelf app using their school email address and can then view course materials from participating publishers via VitalSource’s Explore capabilities within Bookshelf. Learn more


Beginning March 16 through May 25, 2020, access to an expansive catalog of eTextbooks will be available for free to students at impacted two- and four-year non-profit institutions. Students simply log into their Shelf via using their school email address to view course materials from participating publishers. Learn more.  

Free LMS (Learning Management System) resources 

Many of our textbooks include SAGE Coursepacks at no additional cost. SAGE Coursepacks allows you to quickly import all the resources available for your textbook into your LMS. SAGE Coursepacks can be downloaded into Blackboard, Canvas, D2L, or Moodle and includes teaching resources such as electronic test banks, PowerPoint decks, lecture notes, discussion questions, multimedia resources, and more.

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Free access to SAGE Vantage® courseware with textbook content

We’re providing you and your students free access to SAGE Vantage courseware that includes content from select textbooks and everything you need to run your course online. SAGE Vantage is a simple and easy-to-use digital platform that includes the full textbook with auto graded assignments. This offer is being made to instructors teaching at higher education institutions operating within the United States.

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    Free access to articles in SAGE Journals and SAGE Knowledge

    From SAGE Journals: Coronavirus (Covid-19) Research

    SAGE believes in the power of the social and behavioral sciences to convert the best medical research into policies, practices, and procedures to improve – and even save – lives. This collection includes the latest medical research from SAGE related to the virus as well as top social and behavioral research to help individuals, communities, and leaders make the best decisions on dealing with the outbreak and its consequences.

    From SAGE Knowledge: 

    Tips, free resources, and advice from experts

    ACUE Online Teaching Toolkit:

    From the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE): To support instructors needing to make a quick transition to utilizing an online environment, we’re offering resources and recommendations that can be immediately put to use by instructors, to benefit both faculty and their students.

    Teaching online: Free resources for your course and advice from SAGE experts



    Lecture Spark Discussion Launchers

    Lecture launchers offered through the SAGE / CQ Press Lecture Spark programs are free and designed to help spark meaningful classroom discussion, while providing assessment options for in-class use.

    Social Science Space Blog

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    16 Answers to Your Questions about Teaching Online

    Here are 16 resources on everything from what "online learning" even means, to motivating students in this environment, to respecting diversity while virtual...more.



    Instantly Shifting Classes Online Is Not Trivial

    In response to the novel coronavirus, many South Korean universities have moved their teaching online. Students are still provided with the required number of class hours but without face-to-face contact with teachers...more.

    Dr. Kyungmee Lee is a lecturer in technology enhanced learning at Lancaster University. Her research program lies at the intersection of online education, higher education, and international education.