Sixteen New S.T.E.M. related Courses from NC School of Science and Mathematics and NC DPI


The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in partnership with NC School of Science and Mathematics have developed sixteen open courses in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with over 3,500 resources. These STEM courses, now available in the NCLOR, have been designed to give teachers the materials they need to teach four, full-year courses in the subjects of: Agriscience & Biotechnology, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Energy & Sustainability, and Health & Life Sciences. The courses are organized into topical lessons and those lessons are organized into units based on themes. Many of the units are fully integrated STEM units, meaning they contain real-world challenges and authentic assessments in science, technology, engineering and math.

All course content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Creative Commons License

Course Details: Click on any of the courses outlined below to view course contents in more detail.





To access these courses, you can do any of the following:

  • Click on any of the links above.
  • Log into the NCLOR and click on “Browse by NCSSM STEM Courses ” on the left menu bar.
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)

NCCCS CIS Documentation coming to NCLOR


Beginning July 1, 2015, North Carolina Community College System’s Course Information System (CIS) documentation will transition to the NC Learning Object Repository (NCLOR). The NCLOR system offers improved documentation management functionality including a robust search feature that will allow users to locate documents easily. These secure documents will be organized so that end users will be able to browse for resources by: CIS topic, document type, release package number and many other types of information.

Training for using CIS Documentation in the NCLOR will be offered in the near future.

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NCLOR to move to SSL on 2/28/2015

MaintenanceThe production site of NCLOR will be updating to a secure setting at noon on Saturday, Feb 28th, 2015. The update should go completely unnoticed for most NCLOR users.  A very small server downtime (5 minutes or less) is needed to implement the change.

Only the application will be switching to SSL ( a.k.a. https://) and the portal page will not be affected. All learning management system administrators with integrations with NCLOR have been made aware of the change and are preparing as needed.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this planned down time may cause.



NCLOR Unavailablity Notice (Feb 7th 8:00am – 5:00pm)

MaintenanceA NCLOR server upgrade is scheduled for this Saturday, February 7th. The NCLOR application is migrating to a new virtual server which will result in improved performance. The application will now share secure URLs for resource links. The service will be unavailable from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M on the 7th of February while the migration takes place.We apologize for any inconvenience in advance.



NCLOR to update to 6.3 on 12/21/14

Maintenance On 12/21/2014, the application that runs the NCLOR will be updated to version 6.3 and will be unavailable for a time. The NCLOR staff is planning for a half day of downtime but hope to have the service back up as quickly as possible. You can learn more about the new features coming in 6.3, such as: Cloud Searching, Dashboard Interface Changes, and the Image Gallery Viewer in the ” New Features in NCLOR 6.3 tutorial “. Thank-you – NCLOR Staff

NROC webinar avaliable

NROC ProjectNROC hosted an informational webinar on October 29th. This webinar reviews the vast collections available from the NROC Project through the NCLOR. Beth Pickett, NROC Project HippoCampus Product Manager, provides a whirlwind tour of some of the 3,000 + objects across subjects. Jonathon Sweetin, NCLOR Systems Administrator, demonstrates how to easily include objects from NCLOR into your Blackboard or Moodle courses.

The NROC Project is a community-guided, non-profit project focused on new models of digital content development, distribution, and use.

For more information, please contact Jonathon Sweetin:
Run time apx. 54 minutes.

The NROC project collection in the NCLOR is only available to the NCCCS faculty.

New Intelecom Video Series Available in NCLOR

Intelecom LogoToday, three new subject areas from the INTELECOM video collection have been added to the NCLOR. The subject areas added include Adult Education, Allied Health and Philosophy. Over 780 new videos and video clips have been included in this addition. The new content includes nationally recognized documentary series such as: Crossroads Café, Madison Heights, Lifelines, On Common Ground, The Human Condition, and The Examined Life. All videos content included in this content are closed captioned and are available for viewing at the resource summary page and the attachment level for easy inclusion into LMS based courses.  This purchased content has been made available only to the NCCCS system. For more information on this new content, see the detailed information below.

Example: screenshot of crossroads cafe video displayed in NCLOR

Example: screenshot of crossroads café video displayed in NCLOR

Detailed information about the new series…

Crossroads CafeCrossroads Café

Subject Area: Adult Education (ESL)
NCCCS Course(s) this content may support: BSP2000, BSP2001

This English language learner (ELL) series blends comedy and drama to teach English to speakers of other languages. The stories feature characters whose lives intersect at Crossroad Cafe, a neighborhood restaurant, where together they experience the struggles, conflicts, joys and victories of everyday life. Each episode features “Word Play,” an animated segment demonstrating a specific language function. Culture Clips is a video series included in Crossroads Café and made up of 26 documentary-style short segments on various aspects of life in the U.S.

Madison HeightsMadison Heights

Subject Area: Adult Education
NCCCS Course this content may support: BSP2000, BSP2001

Ten half-hour dramatic episodes. Madison Heights centers around a hypothetical middle school and focuses on one or more families struggling to overcome adversity with courage, dignity and hope. Each episode addresses a particular problem, such as illiteracy, alcoholism, and welfare.

On Common GroundOn Common Ground

Subject Area: Adult Education
NCCCS Courses this content may support: BSP2000, BSP2001

On Common Ground is anthology of stories that unfolds in a City Hall of a medium-sized city. This 15 episode series present dramatic stories which take on controversial issues, usually in situations that lack a single right answer. Each episode concludes with a relevant video of a key event from U.S. history. Individual lessons focus on such crucial issues as racial polarization, extremism and freedom of speech, individual rights versus the public good, separation of powers, and checks and balances.


Subject Area: Adult Education
NCCCS Courses this content may support: BSP2000, BSP2001

Lifelines is a ten-part documentary videos series for family literacy and adult education. Inspiring stories of families working together provide meaningful, and motivating learning experiences for today’s parent learner.

The Human ConditionThe Human Condition

Subject Area: Allied Health, Health, Biology
NCCCS Courses this content may support: BIO092, BIO155, CIM125, HEA110, HEA130, HEA150, HEA3029, HEA3029, HSE245

The Human Condition takes a comprehensive view of health care, focusing on nine topic areas: The Fabric of Health, Who is at Risk?, The life Cycle, Emotional and Mental Health, Sexual Health, Health and Chemical Substances, Health Risks: The Role of Heredity and Lifestyle, Promoting Well-Being Through Fitness and Nutrition, and The Individual in the Health/Medical Marketplace. These 26 video episodes (349 clips) combine interviews with leading health professionals, dynamic location footage, and illustrative case studies, to bring each lesson to life.

the_examined_life_logoThe Examined Life

Subject Area: Philosophy
NCCCS Courses this content may support: PHI210 , PHI215 , PHI220 , PHI221 , PHI230 , PHI240 , REL110

The series “The Examined Life” offers learners an in-depth analysis of the wisdom of the Western world, The Examined Life studies the “Great Questions” that have intrigued philosophers from antiquity to the present. Using writings of past philosophers and interviews with more than 50 contemporary thinkers, the course episodes underscore how these great questions – What is art? Does God exist? What is the meaning of life? Does the end justify the means? – still reverberate in society today. The series includes 26 episodes (136 clips) and 15 interviews with leading contemporary thinkers (201 clips).

Accessing Content: To find this content in the NCLOR, you can do any of the following:

  • On the quick search bar, click the search button, then select Intelecom Video Collection from the “within” dropdown list.
  • Navigate to the Browse by NCCCS Premium Content area> click on the Intelecom Video Collection

Eight New NROC Collections Added to the NCLOR


Available to NCCCS Only

The content available in the NCLOR from NROC has been updated with eight new collections. The eight new collections are: The Concord Consortium Collection, NMSU Learning Games Lab Collection, Mt. San Jacinto College Collection, Chattanooga State Technical College Collection, BioInteractive Collection, APES in a Box Collection, Virginia Historical Society Collection, and NASA eClips Collection. The NROC Project provides core academic rich multimedia content–videos, animations, and simulations–on general education subjects to middle-school, high-school teachers, college professors and their students. Over 490 new resources have been added to the NROC collection. These resources join the other 2,800+ items already available for NCCCS faculty use.


The Concord Consortium Logo The Concord Consortium is a collection of Revolutionary Digital Learning items for Science, Engineering, and Math. The Concord Consortium is a nonprofit educational research and development organization based in Concord, Massachusetts. The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: CHM081, CHM082, PHY080, BIO090, MAT121, PHY101, EHS115.  Number of items added = 41  Subjects included = Biology, Algebra, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental science


Chattanooga State Technical Community College LogoThe Chattanooga State Technical Community College collection includes topics in Religion & Chemistry of Global Climate Change. The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: CHM081, CHM082, CHM1312,CTC120, ENV110, ENV120, ENV222, ENV234, EPP112, HIS117, HUM122, NAN251, NUC110, PHS121, PHS140, REL110, REL111, REL112, REL221, SOC250, WAT3200.  Number of items added =177  Subjects included = Religion, Chemistry, Atmospheric science, Climatology


BioInteractive Logo The BioInteractive collection includes Cutting-edge Science Animations and Videos. BioInteractive series of films brings compelling stories of scientific discovery, featuring leading scientists in fields ranging from evolutionary biology and genetics to earth science. The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: ANT230, BIO094, BIO100, BIO111, BIO250, ENV120, GEL111, MED138, and PHS130. Number of items added =42   Subjects included = Biology, Environmental science


MSJC Mt. San Jacinto College LogoThe Mt.San Jacinto College collection provides Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade course. This course is designed for anyone who wants to become a better writer. If you need to write more clearly for work, prepare for a placement test for a college, or improve your skills for current writing projects, this class is beneficial. Please be aware that basic writers are the targeted audience for this course. The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: ENG125, ENG126.  Number of items added =15  Subjects included = English, Writing


NMSU Learning Games Lab Logo New Mexico State University Learning Games Lab collection offers Math Snacks: Animations and Games for Middle School. Math Snacks are short animations and mini-games designed to present mathematics in a very different way. Math Snacks give students, especially those who don’t particularly like math, another way to look at math concepts. The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: MAT101.  Number of items added =22  Subjects included = Mathematics, Mathematics education


APES in a BOX Logo APES in a BOX collection contain AP Environmental Science Review courses. APES in a Box is an all-inclusive study guide for the AP Environmental Science exam. APES in a BOX has been updated to reflect changes in the 2011 APES Exam! APES in a Box was written by experienced APES teachers Benjy Wood and Dave Holbert. The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: AGR121, AGR170, ALT120, ARG121, ARG170, ATT135, BIO145, EGY3001, EGY3004, EHS115, ELC231, ENV110, ENV120, ENV220, EPP112, FOR175, IVS110, NUC210, and PHS140.   Number of items added =33  Subjects included = Environmental science


Virginia Historical Society LogoThe Virginia Historical Society, founded in 1811  in Richmond, Virginia, is a major repository, research, and teaching center for Virginia history. The mission of the Virginia Historical Society is to connect people to America’s past through the unparalleled story of Virginia.  The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: HIS131, HIS132. Number of items added =14  Subjects included = United States history and  State history


NASA eClips LogoNASA eClips™ are short, relevant educational video segments. These videos inspire and engage students, helping them see real world connections. New video segments are produced weekly exploring current applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, topics. NASA eClips™ offer unlimited flexibility in the classroom for timing, sequencing and pacing instruction to meet the needs of students and classroom instructors. The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: PHY080, PHY090, AST111, ENV120, and CHM092.  Number of items added =147  Subjects included = Astronomy and astrophysics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth science, Food science, Physics, and Space sciences


Accessing Content: To find this content you can do any of the following:

  • Search by free text by typing in the collection name: (i.e.“Chattanooga State Technical College” or “APES in a BOX” or “New Mexico State University Learning Games Lab” etc.)
  • Browse by NROC resource series: Navigate to the Browse by Resource Series area> click on the The NROC Project > Sort by Subject Areas or Sort by NROC Collection

Important Note: Due to NROC license agreement this content is only available to NCCCS Faculty.

Network Slowness Issues 8/12/14

MaintenanceThe NCLOR hosting service is currently experiencing some network issues affecting several services. There are performance issues with NCLOR, Production and Test instances. NCLOR staff have confirmed with the ITS Service Desk that work on the network issues is in progress but no ETA for a resolution at this point.

We apologize for the inconvenience to our users.

NCLOR System Admin

V-Scope Explorer Resource Series updated in the NCLOR

Science Learning Resources Logo

Open to NCCCS Faculty Only

The V-Scope Explorer resource series from Science Learning Resources has been updated in the NCLOR.  The Multicellular Plants, Multicellular Animals, Single Cell Organisms applications have now been combined into one application titled ” Basic Biology”. The Basic Biology and the already available Anatomy/Physiology simulation both have new activity guides. AV-Scope demo image link to these guides has been included in on every slide in the set.  V-Scope Explorer™ Microscope  is a simulated experience of using a real microscope. These simulations add a new dimension to the lab experience and can supplement textbook and classroom sessions by learning through this virtual lab.

Note: This resource series is purchased content and only available to North Carolina Community College System faculty.

Play the video below to get a brief introduction to V-Scope Explorer.

V-Scope Explorer Introduction Video by Dr. Gary Duncan, Science Learning Resources

The NCCCS courses that could be enhanced by using these resources are: BIO090, BIO092, BIO100, BIO110, BIO111,  and BIO112.

To access the V-Scope Explorer series you can:

  1. log into the NCLOR  or through your institution’s learning management system
  2. navigate to the Browse by Resource Series area
  3. click on the V-Scope Explorer (Virtual Microscope) series.

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