Resources for remote learning and wellbeing
Science and technology have never been more critical. UCLA and the Division of Physical Sciences are working hard to offer many resources for our students and faculty to continue education at the level of excellence with which UCLA is known. A list of these resources is below and will be continually updated as new services and initiatives are announced.
Campus-Wide UCLA Resource:
UCLA Library Toolkit:
- 24/7 Research Support: Students and researchers can receive research support 24/7 via chat.
- Online Research & Writing Workshops: These open access research and writing tutorials provide practical research and writing instruction. Workshops and tutorials include topics such as, Finding Sources with the UCLA Library, Avoiding Plagiarism and Citing Sources, and Writing a Literature Review. Dive into a complete list of online workshops.
- Quick Tutorials and Handouts: Our online, open access tutorials include a variety of resources to help students succeed, including: Tips for Contacting Instructors Over Email, Citation Management Tools, Integrating Citations, and Searching with Google Scholar.
- Subject-Specific Support: Review subject-specific Research Guides for a list of relevant resources. View a list of Subject Specialists and contact them here.
- E-resources and Collections: Many of the library’s resources, including e-Books and digital reserves, are still available for use. Find them in the library catalog and list of databases. The library is working to provide remote textbook services for undergraduate students.
- Remote Research Consultations: Research consultations with science librarians have an available Zoom option (audio/video call). Instructions for joining the online meeting will be sent in the appointment confirmation email after scheduling online.
All of these instructional resources are available online. Please note that off-campus access to UCLA Library’s licensed resources requires connecting via the VPN/Proxy Server.
Online Teaching & Learning Tools
- The Center for Education, Innovation, and Learning in the Sciences (CEILS) has created a page of resources to prepare students and faculty for remote learning.
- CEILS has also provided week-by-week resources for instructors, including Zoom tutorials, pedagogy guidance, virtual drop-in sessions, and much more.
- The UCLA Student Guidebook created by Student Affairs features a collection of educational resources, recommendations, advice, and support services from across the university.
- Jove Video Journal provides instructional videos covering an expanse of scientific disciplines. An excellent option for covering laboratory methodologies.
- Sage Research Methods offers terminology, examples, and strategies for research study design. The platform includes datasets by discipline for teaching.
- ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication is a terrific resource for those building scientific communication skills. The resource discusses OA, preprints, the peer review process, and scientific style conventions.
- If you’re looking for case studies, tutorials, or assignment possibilities beyond an online quiz, check out Access Engineering, Access Medicine, or Access Neurology. These platforms provide integrated tutorials, study tools, and multimedia features.
Chemistry-Specific Learning Tools
- BACON (Biology and Chemistry Online Notes) provides tutorials on Organic Chemistry and more to make learning more accessible.
- Backside Attack is an educational app targeting students who are learning organic chemistry for the first time.
Remote Collaboration Tools and Resources
- Zoom Video Communications provides audio/web and video-conferencing in a simple, easy-to-use format. Click here to download the app.
- Box is a University-approved, secure method to store and share documents online. Create files and folders, share them using a direct link, and invite both UCLA and external team members to collaborate. Box is easily accessible from anywhere, on smartphone, tablet, or your computer.
- Slack is a collaboration hub to help you and your team work together.
Webex Teams is an online team collaboration tool for video conferencing, online meetings, and screen sharing.
Center for Education, Innovation, and Learning in the Sciences Guides
- Teaching Guides
- One page summary guide
- Teaching Guides
- Webinar recordings and resources
- Course: Designing for Remote Teaching and Learning
- A Short Guide to Active Learning Strategies for Remote Teaching
- Center for Accessible Learning: Remote Guide
Resources for Computation & Data Analysis
- The UCLA Quantitative Biology Collaboratory Program publishes materials for several of their workshops on their website and YouTube channel. The Collaboratory also provides consultation services in high-throughput biomedical data analysis, and research support.
- The Library Data Science Center links to a variety of online resources around data collection, data manipulation, data visualization and statistical analysis strategies.
TA and Graduate Student-Specific Resources
- CIRTL@UCLA Resources for Online Teaching.
- The Center for the Advancement of Teaching has provided A TA’s Guide to Teaching Online at UCLA.
Stress & Anxiety Reducing Resources
- LiveHealth Online makes accessing mental health services easy when CAPS is closed, or when you’re simply away from campus.
- UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center offers free guided meditations in English and Spanish.
- Resources for students are available at Counseling & Psychological Services and for instructors and staff at the Staff and Faculty Counseling Center.
Where to get trusted information regarding COVID-19
- Browse smartly. Manage your information channels. Try to avoid news and information overload and fatigue by balancing news sources. If you find yourself checking the news multiple times a day, take a break and do something else.
- Get credible information from trusted websites. Information from good, trusted sources here at UCLA and the University of California is available through our dedicated COVID-19 website, Bruins Safe Online, UCLA Health, the University of California and the Semel Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI) Center. We also recommend the World Health Organization (PDF) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites for further information.