University of Nottingham’s – HELM Open health services collection added to NCLOR


periodic table logoToday, 180 new Health eLearning Media (HELM) Open resources were made available in the NCLOR’s Open Educational Resource Collection. This new series contains nursing and health services content. The HELM Open learning and teaching resources are high quality, interactive peer-reviewed resources developed by University experts over a 10 year period. HELM resources provide 15 minutes each of engaging multimedia bite-sized learning for you to use in your learning and teaching. This collection is a series of nursing and health services related items.

The some of the subjects covered in this series are; Nursing, Death and dying, Pharmacology, Physical and occupational therapy, Geriatric Nursing, Public health, Disease, and Physiology.

All HELM Open content available in this series is free to use and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported LicenseCreative Commons License

The NCCCS courses that these resources may supplement are; NUR3101, NUR3240, NUR3252, NUR101, and NUR117.

An Introduction to Receptor Pharmacology

Example: Introduction to Receptor Pharmacology,  HELM Open, 2009

Accessibility Statement:  All of the videos and/or learning objects in this series have links to the text version of the video narration on of each activity.

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

  • Since these resources are open, you can access the series via Guest Access here: University of Nottingham – HELM Open or log into the NCLOR and click on the More button on the left menu bar. Then click the Resource Series link and then click the DigitalLearn – Public Library Association link.
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)

CyArk 3D Objects Resource Series Added to the Open Collection


Today, 122 new resources from CyArk.org has been added to the NCLOR’s Open Educational Resources collection. CyArk was founded in 2003 to ensure heritage sites are available to future generations while making them uniquely accessible today. CyArk operates internationally as a non-profit organization with the mission of using new technologies to create a free, 3D online library of the world’s cultural heritage sites before they are lost to natural disasters, destroyed by human aggression or ravaged by the passage of time. The subjects included in this series are; Archeology, Architecture, U.S. History, World History and Historic Preservation.

Click the play button on the video below to view an introduction about the CyArk project.

Some of the 3D historical sites included in this resource series are; Mount Rushmore, Lincoln Memorial, Sydney Opera House, and the Tower of London.

Example: Lukang Longshan Temple, CyArk Jun 23, 2016

The NCCCS courses that these resources may supplement are; ARC250, HUM140, HPT110, HIS115, and HIS131.

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

More Cambridge University Videos Added to the NCLOR


cambridge-university-logoToday, thirty-five video resources from the University of Cambridge were added to the open educational resources collection within the NCLOR. In this series, you can find out about some of the research, discoveries, and innovations that take place at Cambridge University. In particular, Cambridge Ideas which is an ongoing series of short documentaries that present Cambridge’s cutting edge research together with comment and opinion on matters of global significance. Additions to the Cambridge Shorts and Curious Objects series have also been added to the series.

The topics included in this series are:

  • Cambridge Ideas – cutting edge research at Cambridge (20 new resources)
  • Cambridge Shorts – short films from top researchers at Cambridge (4 new resources)
  • Curious Objects – small collection of artifacts found in the University of Cambridge Library (11 resources)

Example: Cambridge Ideas – The Emotional Computer, Cambridge Univerisity, Dec. 2010

The NCCCS courses that these resources may supplement are; ANT210, ANT220, AST151, AST152, BIO090, BIO092, BIO110, BIO120, BIO230, CJC112, EDT110, EGY3000, ELC233, HIS145, HPT3100, HUM150, MUS110, PSY271, SGD125, SST110, and ZAS235.

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 University of Cambridge Videos.
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)

New Digital Literacy Series Added to NCLOR


digitallearn.org logo Today, 92 new digital literacy resources were made available in the NCLOR’s Open Educational Resource collection. This new series contains content from the Public Library Association’s website “DigitalLearn.org”.   DigitalLearn.org is an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant-funded project to create an online hub for digital literacy support and training. Included in this series is a collection of self-directed tutorials for end-users to increase their digital literacy, and a community of practice for digital literacy trainers to share resources, tools, and best practices. For user convenience, the resources available from this series have been organized by DigitalLearn.org: course topics, courses, and activity modules within the NCLOR.

All DigitalLearn.org content available in this series is free to use and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported LicenseCreative Commons License

The following list is an outline of the new content in order of topic name, course name, and the number of activity modules in each course.

  • Being Productive – Cloud Storage (4), Microsoft Word (5)
  • Being Safe Online – Accounts & Passwords (3), Internet Privacy (4), Online Scams (4)
  • Connecting with Others -Intro to Facebook (6), Intro to Skype (6)
  • Job Skills – Creating Resumes (4), Online Job Searching (6)
  • Online Shopping – Buying a Plane Ticket (4)
  • Operating Systems – Using a Mac (OS X) (6), Using a PC (Windows 10) (6), Using a PC (Windows 7) (7)
  • Searching the Internet – Basic Search (4)
  • Using Computers – Getting Started on a Computer (4), Why Use a Computer? (3)
  • Using Email – Intro to Email (6), Intro to Email 2: Beyond the Basics (7)
  • Website Navigation – Navigating a Website (3)

Figure #1 is annotated screen capture of an example learning object available within this series. The layout of important screen features for each activity module have been noted for your reference.

Learning Object Example: What is Windows 10, from the “Using a PC (Windows 10)” course by Jenny Rathmell of Kixal

Image of Using Windows 10 course page with callout boxes

Figure #1: Image of “Using Windows 10” course page with callout boxes pointing to: the course progress bar in the upper right of the screen, the course navigation area in the lower left of the screen, the module activity display area in the center, and the links to narration text PDF files in the lower right of the screen.

The NCCCS courses that these resources may supplement are; CIS110, CIS111, CIS113, CIS3100, OST136, and OST145.

Accessibility Statement:  All of the videos and/or learning objects in this series have links to the text version of the video narration at the bottom of each module activity. You may also download the text narrations for all Digitallearn courses from the: DigitalLearn Text Narration for All Courses  NCLOR resource.

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

  • Since these resources are open, you can access the series via Guest Access here: DigitalLearn – Public Library Association or log into the NCLOR and click on the More button on the left menu bar. Then click the Resource Series link and then click the DigitalLearn – Public Library Association link.
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)

Wisc-Online INTERFACE and GAMMA+ content added to OER collection


The NCLOR has added content from two new Wisc-Online projects. Totaling more than 900+ learning resources, the additions are from the Wisconsin Technical College System and Fox Valley Technical College.  The projects are the work products from a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The projects added to the NCLOR were:

  • INTERFACE is a statewide project with participation from all 16 colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System to develop, improve, and expand adult educational training pathways to careers in information technology-related occupations in Business, Information Technology, Healthcare, Logistics, Automation, and Manufacturing.
  • The GAMMA+ project is designed to help users learn faster and better. College faculty members write mobile learning apps and flashcards for key advanced manufacturing programs.

The topics covered in these projects are; Business administration, Change management, Computer fundamentals, Computer programming, Database development and management, Electrical engineering, Industrial engineering, Knowledge management, Mathematics, Networking Security, Trade and industrial, Web technologies, and Welding.

The projects include tutorial learning objects and flashcard activities for self assessment.  All content is open and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Image of example learning object

Welding Wire Spool Installation Instructions Example from GAMMA+ Project with narration link and toolbar highlighted

The NCCCS courses that these resources may supplement are; ATR281, BAT111, CIS110, CIS111, CIS155, CIS3100, CSC119, CSC143, CSC3110, CTI120, CTI131, CTS240, DBA110, DBA3110, DMA020, DMA030, DMA040, DMA050, ELC111, ELN110, ELN3113, MAC111, MAC112, MAC113, MAC131, MAC132, MEC3010, NET110, NET3100, OMT222, SEC110, SEC160, WEB110, WEB3000, WLD112, WLD265, and WLD3106.

Accessibility Statement:  All of the videos and/or learning objects in this update are closed captioned or have links to the text version of the video narration.

Other U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration Grant content available within the NCLOR are;

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

  • Since these resources are open, you can access the series via Guest Access here:  Wisc-Online or log into the NCLOR and click on the More button on the left menu bar. Then click the Resource Series link and then click the Wisc-Online link.
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)

UCI Open Content added to OER collection


uci_open_bluesmToday, seventy resources from UCI Open was added to the open educational resource series collection in the NCLOR. The University of California, Irvine’s UCI Open is a web-based repository of various UC Irvine courses and video lectures from UC Irvine faculty, seminar participants, and instructional staff. While the great majority of courses are drawn from graduate, undergraduate, and continuing education programs, some were originally produced under grant funding to serve specific needs in California and elsewhere. UCI Open is open and available to the world for free.

The resources added in this series are complete courses that include materials such as; lecture videos, presentations, handouts, and practice assessments. The course resources in this series are from disciplines that include: Arts, Biological Sciences, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Physical Sciences, Social Ecology, and Social Sciences.

Example: General Chemistry 1A. Lecture 01. Introduction to General Chemistry. Brindley, Amanda UCIrvine. 

All UCI Open content is licensed under the Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)

The list below shows the number of courses in each subject area included in the series.

  • African American Studies (1)
  • Anthropology (1)
  • Chemistry (17)
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering (1)
  • Classics (1)
  • Developmental & Cell Biology (1)
  • Earth System Science (5)
  • Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (1)
  • Economics (2)
  • Education (3)
  • International Studies (1)
  • Mathematics (8)
  • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (4)
  • Music (1)
  • Physics & Astronomy (9)
  • Planning, Policy, and Design (2)
  • Political Science (3)
  • Psychology & Social Behavior (3)
  • Public Health (5)
  • Sociology (1)

The NCCCS courses that these resources may supplement are; ASM111, AST152, BIO092, BIO145, BUS225, CHM090, CHM131, CHM132, CHM135, CHM151, CHM152, CHM251, CHM252, CHM271, CIV250, DMA065, ECO251, ECO252, EDU216, EDU280, EGR111, ENV110, ENV120, ENV222, ENV255, HIS121, HIS221, HIS222, HIS223, MAT142, MAT152, MAT171, MAT172, MAT252, MAT263, MEC261, MEC265, MEC267, MUS111, NAN112, PHY110, PHY121, PHY122, PHY131, PHY252, POL110, POL220, PSY150, and SOC250.

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

  • Since these resources are open, you can access the series via Guest Access here:  UCI Open or log into the NCLOR and click on the More button on the left menu bar. Then click the Resource Series link and then click the UCI Open – University of California, Irvine link.
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)

Khan Academy Series Updated w/ Computer Sci, History & Grammar content


khan logoThe NCLOR’s  Khan Academy resource series has been updated with 94 new video tutorial resources.  All of the videos available from Khan Academy are now available in a tutorial-based format with built in navigation. Many of the resources have been tagged to an NCCCS combined course library course number.  The disciplines covered in this collection update include Computer Science, U.S. History, and Grammar.  Each discipline can be sorted by subject and topic.

Each tutorial in this series is a digestible chunk of information, approximately 10 minutes long, closed captioned, and especially purposed for viewing on the computer.

Some of the topics covered in the tutorials are:

  • Computer Science – Algorithms, Cryptography, Information theory, the Internet
  • U.S. History – Colonial America, Pre-revolution, Early republic, Civil War …more
  • Grammar – Nouns, Verbs, Pronouns, Preposition, Conjunctions …more

Example: “What is the Internet”,  Jun 27, 2016, Khan Academy by Code.org

The NCCCS courses that these resources may supplement are; COM150, CSC120, CSC130, CSC230, CSC249, EFL081, EFL082, EFL083, EFL084, ENG110, ENG138, ENG138, HIS131, HIS132, NET111, SEC150, SEC3100, and WEB110.

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 Khan Academy.
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)
  • or just click  Khan Academy Resource Series to view the content as an NCLOR guest user.

NCLOR Tutorials Updated


Recently the NCLOR tutorials have been updated with new assessment material. At the end of each tutorial, a page named “Check Your Understanding” has been added.  The check your understanding assessments are for user guidance only and meant to reinforce important NCLOR concepts.

The new “Check Your Understanding” assessment pages have been added to the following tutorials:

  • Using the NCLOR with Blackboard 9.1x
  • Using the NCLOR with Moodle 2.8 & Higher
  • Using the NCLOR with Canvas
  • Searching the NCLOR Using Basic, Advanced and Browse
  • How to Contribute
  • Resource Management

The instructions below explain some the features within the assessments and how to access the exercises from the tutorials.

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On any tutorial, click “Check Your Understanding” link and then click the “Start the exercise” link.

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After the quiz page is displayed, click the “Next” button to begin the exercise.

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After submitting the exercise, you can review your results by clicking on the “View your score” link or you can click the “Submit another response” to complete the exercise again.

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Near the top of the results page, you can view your score for each attempt. 

Passing the assessments is not a prerequisite for NCLOR access but is recommended for user success.

All scores are anonymous and are not shared with any third party.

NCLOR Slowness Reported


MaintenanceThe NCLOR server is performing slowly this morning. The NCLOR team is currently investigation the issue. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

NCLOR Manager

C3BC Biology Resources added to NCLOR


The Community College Consortium for Biosciences Credentialsc3bc logo (c3bc) located at Forsyth Technical Community College (Forsyth Tech), has made the Biology 112 course 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 latest course available is the “General Biology II (BIO 112)” course consists of structured learning objects.

This course is a continuation of BIO 111. Emphasis is placed on organisms, evolution, biodiversity, plant and animal systems, ecology, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate comprehension of life at the organismal and ecological levels. The content has been organized in units and module for ease of use and for supplementing current Biology courses.

The topics covered in this course are:

  • Mechanisms of Evolution
  • Evolutionary History of Biology
  • Plant Form and Function
  • Animal Form and Function
  • Ecology

The NCCCS courses that these resource may supplement are: BIO 112.

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

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