March 23, 2020

Free resources to help faculty affected by COVID-19

With most colleges and institutes across Canada transitioning from traditional, in-person education to an online experience due to COVID-19, we wanted to share some free resources for our members.

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn partnered with the 17-institution University of North Carolina System to identify LinkedIn Learning courses that will most aid faculty with this transition. These courses cover everything from leading practices for teaching online to EdTech tools like Canvas to collaboration software like Microsoft Teams.


Additionally, LinkedIn have also made another collection of 16 courses to help students and staff stay connected and productive.


COVID-19 Course for Leaders, Educators, Learners and General Public

This free course weaves together the scientific, social, and economic perspectives of the current SARS-Cov-2 / COVID-19 global pandemic. With an education-first approach, this comprehensive course has been constructed with a goal of providing an opportunity to interactively learn about the virus and its impacts to our world. By providing research-based information, the course helps learners and educators understand the global pandemic, its risks, and how to effectively manage them.

Academica Forum

Teaching Online for the First Time

Mental Health Commission of Canada

In times of high anxiety and stress, it’s more important than ever to safeguard your mental wellness. That includes stemming the tide of non-essential information and paring down your news consumption. The Mental Health Commission of Canada is committed to sharing credible information and resources about maintaining mental health during this time of crisis, and supporting people managing a mental illness in this new context. View their resources online.


Riipen is supporting virtual internships in addition to curricular project-based learning. Post-secondary institutions will be able to use Riipen to find employers for virtual placements, field projects, and paid or credit barring internships.

We would like to invite the CICAN network to attend an informational webinar hosted by Emily Masching, Riipen’s Director of Product on April 2nd, 2020 at 12:00 PM EDT.

Please feel free to share with your members to register online here:

For more information or to connect directly with an Academic Relationship Manager at Riipen, please feel free to sign up here:

Support for students with disabilities and allies during the coronavirus pandemic

During this period of COVID-19 uncertainty, The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) continues to work to serve the post-secondary students and graduates with disabilities community. View resources.