In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Oklahoma is preparing with a combination of in-person, blended and online instruction in Fall 2020. During this time of transition, the safety of our students and community is our top priority.

Learn more about how Gibbs College students and faculty have adjusted to online education in our “Gibbs at Home” feature story (link).

Now more than ever, the OU family must lead with purpose and compassion. As we resume the in-person experience on the Norman campus, we embrace this opportunity to emerge stronger, together.

More information about new policies and precautions as we return to campus this fall may be found here:

We understand that this is a challenging time for all, and to ease the burden, we have put together a list of resources to help you succeed online this school year. To see how the University of Oklahoma is officially responding to the outbreak, and view a COVID-19 Q&A, please click here.

To access our collection of resources, including messages from Gibbs College leadership, online learning, health and wellness resources and more, read on.

Messages from Gibbs College Leadership (Playlist)

Space Planning for Gould Hall

We have brought together a team of experts to plan for a health-focused return to Gould Hall this fall. Dr. Lee Fithian has conducted testing of the ventilation in each and every classroom in Gould Hall. She recently shared this work in our Summer Schools of Thought webinar, which you can view online here. Director Pober researched the latest guidelines on classroom planning in the era of Covid-19 and undertook a comprehensive planning exercise for classrooms and desks. We’re now working with OU facilities to upgrade our ventilation systems and re-organize our classrooms. 

Online Learning Resources

Resources for Health and Wellbeing

Financial Resources

  • Financial Center (OU)
  • MoneyCoach (OU) – Offering Zoom coaching sessions
  • Sooners Helping Sooners (OU) – provides emergency financial assistance to students who face natural disasters, theft of personal property, death in the family, and a variety of other circumstances. 

Resources from University of Oklahoma’s “Learn Anywhere” Page

  • Alison– Free online online courses from leading experts.
  • BRCK – Hardware, software and connectivity tools to enable learning.
  • Coursera – Online courses taught by instructors from well-recognized universities and companies.
  • Duolingo – Free language learning application.
  • EdX – Access free online courses from leading educational institutions worldwide.
  • Khan Academy– Free online courses, lessons and practice.
  • University of the People – Non-profit, American-accredited, tuition-free online university dedicated to opening access to higher education globally.
  • Worldreader – Provides free access to a large library of digital books and stories that can be accessed via mobile devices.
  • YouTube– Largest repository of educational videos.
  • To view an extended list, click here

Software

OU offers downloadable versions of MATLAB, Mathematica, SPSS, and a number of other key software for student download at downloads.ou.edu. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization has a list of online resources for faculty and students here.

Diversity and Inclusion Resources

Now that our classrooms are virtual, we must be especially intentional about finding ways to support and include all community members, and these videos offer some valuable insights.

To access the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion webpage, click here. To learn more about the OU DEI webinar series, click here.

If you have any immediate health concerns, please call:

  • Norman: (405) 325-4611
  • OUHSC: (405) 271-9675
  • OU-Tulsa: (918) 660-3102

We must continue to foster a community of care and inclusion to fight COVID-19. To join in the efforts of this fight, Dr. William Hildebrand and a team of OU Health Sciences Center scientists are working on a project dedicated to creating a COVID-19 vaccine.

Let’s stay safe together, 6′ apart!

We are all in this together, so please stay safe and remember to wash your hands and practice social distancing! We must be mindful of our personal health by practicing good hygiene and continuing to follow guidance from the CDC.