NOVA ELI Open Courses Added to the NCLOR


NOVA_logo Today, over 830 resources from the Extended Learning Institute (ELI) from Northern Virginia Community College System (NOVA) were added to the NCLOR’s open educational resources collection.

Pioneering zero textbook cost courses and degree programs since 2012, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is the first community college to fully share its OER degree pathways and courses for others to use and build on.

NOVA’s Extended Learning Institute (ELI) and Lumen Learning have teamed up to make these courses and degree pathways broadly available to the education community. These courses fulfill all requirements for NOVA Associate’s degrees in General Studies and Social Sciences. Published with open, Creative Commons licenses, anyone can freely use, revise, remix and re-purpose the courses.

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Example: Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts – Using Excel

The resources from eight NOVA curriculum courses were added. The courses added were: Principles of Macroeconomics, Introduction to the Study of Religion, Music Appreciation, Mathematics for the Liberal Arts II, Mathematics for the Liberal Arts I, College Composition I, Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts, and Introduction to Communication.

The NCCCS courses that these resource may supplement are: MAT3713, MAT110, MAT122, MAT142, MAT143, MAT152, MAT252, MAT141, MAT167, MAT263, ECO252, REL110, MUS110, DMA050, DMA030, CIS110, COM110, and ENG110.

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

  • Click on any of the links above.
  • Log into the NCLOR and click on the More button on the left menu bar. Then click the Resource Series link and then NOVA Open Courses.
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)

10,000 New UNC-TV & PBS LearningMedia Resources Available for NCCCS


pbs_lm_logoToday, the second set of UNC-TV PBS LearningMedia resources were made available in the NCLOR. Over 6,000 resources were included in the first set with another 10,000 resources available today. These PBS Learning Media resources are made available to North Carolina Community College users through a partnership between UNC-TV and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). The collection is closed and can only be made available to current NCCCS users in North Carolina.

NCCCS users will have access to over 16,000 media-rich resources especially designed for teachers and students including: self-guided lessons, lesson plans, videos, interactives, science resources developed by UNC –TV, and popular PBS series such as NOVA, FRONTLINE, American Experience, and more.

The subjects included in this collection are: Agricultural and Natural Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Business, Career and Technical Education, Computer Science, Education, Engineering, Health Medical Sciences, Information Sciences, Language Arts, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

This collection is only available to the NCCCS faculty. NC K-12 users have their own PBS collection available.

To access this collection you can:

  1. log into the NCLOR or through your institution’s learning management system
  2. navigate to the Browse by UNC-TV-PBS LearningMedia area
  3. Or click the search button, then select NCCCS PBS Collection from the “within” dropdown list.

Operation Link Robotic Resources added to the NCLOR


operation_link_logo Operation Link is an AmeriCorps, in partnership with East Carolina University, S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) mentoring program for elementary and middle grades students, with a priority given to serving military youth. Sixty-five mentors and approximately 500 K-12 students work together to explore S.T.E.M. concepts using Vex IQ robots.
The resources included in this series are materials that can supplement a VEX IQ Robotics program. To use the curriculum, you will need a VEX IQ robot which can be purchased at many online retailers.

There are 15 resources available in the subjects of Automation and Robotics and Electrical Engineering. All of the curriculum created by Operation Link are Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported Licensed.

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

  • Log into the NCLOR and click on the More button on the left menu bar. Then click the Resource Series link and then Operation Link .
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)

NROC Developmental English Content Available in the NCLOR


NROC ProjectThe NROC project has just released their new Developmental English course and the resources are now available in the NCLOR. This collaboratively developed, innovative program of study was designed for students preparing for either college or a career. After conversations with developmental English instructors across the country and in-depth research into state and district studies,  they elected to compress the standard developmental English curriculum – reading comprehension, writing, vocabulary building, grammar, punctuation and usage skills – to accelerate student success.

The unit topics included in this course are: An Introduction to College Reading and Writing, Identifying Main Ideas, Discovering Implied Meaning, Interpreting Bias, Analysis Through Definition, Learning Across Disciplines, Exploring Comparative Elements, Informed Opinions Through Causal Chains, Applied Critical Analysis, and Using Sources in Critical Reading and Writing.

The course also provides essential study skills, such as note and test taking, to build confidence and boost skills required for overall success at the college level and beyond.

This program integrates numerous media-rich instructional approaches into basic reading and writing strategies in an engaging and efficient environment.

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Example: Screenshot from the introduction video “Introduction to College Reading and Writing” unit in NROC’s Developmental English course with closed captions displayed.

The resources in this course have been organized in units with Instructional Materials, Foundation Lessons, Grammar Worked Example Videos, and Instructor Guides included. The materials have also been created in Blackboard, Moodle and IMS Common Cartridge formats with all resources linked from the NCLOR for easy adoption and roll-out.

The NCCCS courses this material could supplement are: DRE096, DRE097, DRE098, and DRE099.

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

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

  • Search by free text: Type “Dev English” in the search field
  • Browse by NROC resources: Navigate to the Browse by NCCCS Premium Content  area>  The NROC Project > Sorted by Subject Areas >English and then select “Developmental English”.
  • If you are NCCCS faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)

UNC-TV & PBS LearningMedia resources added to NCLOR


pbs_lm_logoToday, the first of two sets of UNC-TV PBS LearningMedia resources were made available in the NCLOR. Over 6,000 resources were included in the first set with another 12,000 resources soon to be made available. These PBS Learning Media resources are made available to North Carolina Community College users through a partnership between UNC-TV and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). The collection is closed and can only be made available to current NCCCS users in North Carolina.

NCCCS users will have access to over 18,000 media-rich resources especially designed for teachers and students including self-guided lessons, lesson plans, videos, interactives,hundreds of images from the Bridgeman Art Library, over 700 Spanish language videos, science resources developed by UNC –TV, and popular PBS series such as NOVA, FRONTLINE, American Experience, and more.

Speeding Up Space Travel

Example: “Speeding Up Space Travel” from NOVA scienceNOW

The subjects included in this collection are: Agricultural and Natural Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Business, Career and Technical Education, Computer Science, Education, Engineering, Health Medical Sciences, Information Sciences, Language Arts, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

This collection is only available to the NCCCS faculty. NC K-12 users have their own PBS collection available.

To access this collection you can:

  1. log into the NCLOR or through your institution’s learning management system
  2. navigate to the Browse by UNC-TV-PBS LearningMedia area
  3. Or click the search button, then select NCCCS PBS Collection from the “within” dropdown list.

C3BC Chemistry Resources added to NCLOR


The Community College Consortium for Biosciences Credentialsc3bc logo (c3bc) located at Forsyth Technical Community College (Forsyth Tech), has made the first of many course resources available within the NCLOR. Forsyth Tech along with a Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant (DOL TAACCCT),  has redeveloped the introductory bioscience courses in order to reduce barriers to student success.  The first course available is the “Introduction to Chemistry (CHM 131)” course consists of structured learning objects.

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of inorganic chemistry. Topics include measurement, matter and energy, atomic and molecular structure, nuclear chemistry, stoichiometry, chemical formulas and reactions, chemical bonding, gas laws, solutions, and acids and bases. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of chemistry as it applies to other fields.  The content has been organized in units and module for ease of use and for supplementing current CHM 131 courses.

The NCCCS courses that these resource may supplement are: CHM131.

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

Open SUNY Textbooks Added to NCLOR


Open_SUNY_logo_smToday, 10 new eTextbooks were added to the open educational resources collection of the NCLOR. Open SUNY Textbooks is an open access textbook publishing initiative established by State University of New York libraries and supported by SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants. This pilot initiative publishes high-quality, cost-effective course resources by engaging faculty as authors and peer-reviewers, and libraries as publishing service and infrastructure.

The pilot launched in 2012, providing an editorial framework and service to authors, students and faculty, and establishing a community of practice among libraries.

The subjects included in this resource series are: Academic Success, Computer Programming, Education, Humanities, Information Literacy, Mathematics, Psychology, Public Administration, and Science.

The ebooks in this collection are all made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License   Creative Commons License

The NCCCS courses that these resource may supplement are: ACA111, AGR150, ANT210, ANT220, ANT230, BIO285, ENG131, LIB110, MAT167, MAT285, PAD151, PAD152, PSY260, PSY265, and WEB140.

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

  • Log into the NCLOR and click on the More button on the left menu bar. Then click the Resource Series link and then Open SUNY Textbooks.
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)

Engineering Technology Simulations from EICC added to the NCLOR


Engineering-Technology_logoToday, 124 resources in the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) Engineering Technology Simulations series was added to the open educational resources collection of the NCLOR. The EICC Engineering Tech. Simulations content is a segment of a Department of Labor grant awarded to the EICC of Clinton, Muscatine, and Scott. The need for skilled engineering technology technicians is the driving force behind this project. Demand for engineering technology graduates remains high. This project seeks to meet this demand and provide a unique approach to learning about engineering technology.

The engineering technology topics cover in this series are: AC  &  DC Circuit Analysis,  Digital Circuits & Systems,  Electrical Motor Control & Power,  Fluid Power Control,  Fluid Power Design/Application,  Fluid Power Fundamentals,  Industrial Print Reading,  Industrial Robotics,  Lean Manufacturing,  Microcontrollers,  Motion Control,  Motors & Drives,  Physics Fundamentals,  Process Control,  Programmable Logic Controllers,  and Solid States & Systems.

These 3D simulations, are approximately from 2-9 minutes long are used as part of EICC curriculum to help students quickly and thoroughly grasp the concepts being presented in a visual format.

Each simulation is created with the help of a real engineering instructor. The concepts are designed with students in mind. See the creation process for more information.

Each simulation can be embedded into your online courses or used in the classroom. Use, Modify, or Share for free under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

The NCCCS courses that these resource may supplement are: ATR282, BPR115, BUS3000, CET121, EGR210, EGR212, ELC111, ELC112, ELC117, ELC130, ELC131, ELC133, ELC139, ELC228, ELC234, ELN135, ELN137, ELN231, ELN260, FUR219, HYD110, HYD121, HYD180, ISC220, ISC3119, MAC132, MEC265, MNT130, MNT250, PCI150, PCI262, PCI264, PHY080, PHY090, PHY101, and PHY102.

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

  • Log into the NCLOR and click on the More button on the left menu bar. Then click the Resource Series link and then EICC Engineering Tech. Simulations.
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)

CK-12 Resource Series Updated in NCLOR


CK 12 logoDue to a resource reorganization at CK-12, the NCLOR needed to re-catalog all the resources available from the CK-12 foundation. The FlexBooks® currently available (72), have now been downloaded to the NCLOR directly in PDF and ePub formats. To view the files you will need a pdf reader or an iOS device, Android device or ePub reader to view the ePub files. All older versions of the resources in the CK-12 series have been archived.

FlexBook® textbooks are CK-12’s open source digital textbooks.

The CK-12 Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to reduce the cost of textbook materials for the K-12 market both in the U.S. and worldwide. Using an open-content, web-based collaborative model termed the FlexBook®, CK-12 intends to pioneer the generation and distribution of high-quality educational content that will serve both as core text as well as provide an adaptive environment for learning.

Except as otherwise noted, all CK-12 Content is made available to users in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/), as amended and updated by Creative Commons from time to time (the “CC License”), which is incorporated herein by this reference.

Click on the links below to view the different FlexBook® subjects available in this resource series collection.

FlexBook® Subjects

The NCCCS courses that these resource may supplement are: AST111,  AST111A,  BIO090,  BIO094,  BIO100,  BIO106,  BIO110,  BIO111,  BIO112,  BIO150,  BIO162,  BIO163,  CHM080,  CHM081,  CHM082,  CHM130,  CHM132,  DFT214,  DMA030,  EGR110,  EGY2000,  ENG125,  ENG126,  EVN110,  HIS131,  JOU110,  MAT121,  MAT122,  MAT142,  MAT223,  MAT252,  MAT263,  MAT271,  PHY101,  PHY110,  PHY121,  and PHY122.

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

  • Click on any of the links above.
  • Log into the NCLOR and click on the More button on the left menu bar. Then click the Resource Series link and then CK-12 Flexbooks.
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)

NCLOR 6.4 New Features and Canvas Tutorials now available


Two new tutorials have recently been created to help NCLOR users with the new features of 6.4 and in using NCLOR with Canvas LMS. You can click on the links below to view the tutorials or you can find these tutorial in the self-paced section of this site. You can also find these and other tutorials in the NCLOR tutorials portlet of the dashboard.

6.4 New Features Tutorial (All Users)

This tutorial includes information about the new 6.4:

  • Video Gallery Viewer
  • Immediate display of search suggestion
  • Term Selector update
  • Sort by creation date

(text version available within the tutorial)

Using the NCLOR with Canvas Tutorial (K-12 Users)

This tutorial includes information about how to:

  • Get started in Canvas
  • Navigate the integration screen in Canvas
  • Add a NCLOR Resource to a Canvas course from the course navigation menu
  • Add a NCLOR Resource to a Canvas course from the Module screen
  • Sort, Filter and Share results
  • Contribute a resource to the NCLOR from Canvas

(text version available within the tutorial)

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