New Closed Caption Features added to NCLOR


There are currently thousands of videos, stored in or linked, in the NCLOR that include closed captions. In an effort to make the NCLOR more accessible and help NCCCS faculty find ADA compliant resources, a filter to view only videos that have closed captions has been added to advance searches.

On the NCCCS advance searches, a selection to only return videos or interactive resources that include closed captions has been added to the option set. (shown in image 1 below)

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Image 1: Screenshot of closed caption option on the “Discipline, Level, or Resource Type” advanced search.

Reminders of the need to use closed captions when contributing video resources to the NCLOR have also been added to the each of the NCCCS collection wizards. The reminder is configured to display when the user selects “Video” from the learning resource type option. (shown in image 2 below)

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Image 2: Screenshot of closed caption reminder when adding video resources with arrows highlighting the options.

To search for closed caption videos:

  1. login to the NCLOR
  2. click the “Search” button on the left-hand menu, use the “Within all Resources” dropdown list to select “Discipline, Level, or Resource Type” from the Advanced searches list
  3. select the “Closed Captioned” option and then click the “Search” button to return results

 

 

Notice of Content Removal – SAS CP


In accordance with maintaining a healthy repository, the SAS – Curriculum Pathways content that has been made available to the NC Community College System (NCCCS) faculty will be removed from the NCLOR on 6/29/2016. The current resource links are non-functional at this time because of a technical issue with the integration. The ability to make the collection available again is still an option once a solution presents itself.

This notice pertains only to the NCCCS faculty. The K-12 access to this content is not affected by this removal.

Thank-you,

NCLOR System Admin

UNC-TV & PBS LearningMedia resources added to NCLOR for NCCCS


pbs_lm_logoToday, the UNC-TV PBS LearningMedia series was updated with 1800+ new resources available in the NCLOR. This update joins the over 16,000 resources included in the series. 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 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.

Khan Academy collection updated with Web Programming Series


khan logoToday, over 400 new resources were added into the Khan Academy collection within the NCLOR. The new content focused around computing and specifically about web programming. Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. This resource addition adds to the 2,500 + resources already available in the NCLOR from Khan Academy.

The web programming resources added includes content in the following areas: HTML, Cascade Style Sheets, SQL & Databases, Games & Visualizations, Simulations and JQuery.

 

Khan Academy Example: HTML Basics

Khan Academy Example: HTML Basics (video version)

Complete Topic List with number of resources available in each.

The NCCCS courses that these resource may supplement are: WEB110, WEB111, WEB115, WEB120, WEB210, WEB211, WEB250, SGD113, and CSC174.

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

INTELECOM Content Removal Notice for NCCCS Faculty


Intelecom LogoContent Removal Notice (NCCCS Faculty Only)

The North Carolina Community College System Office is currently in the process of reviewing contracts for resource materials available to all NCCCS colleges via the NCLOR. To that end, the System Office will not be renewing the contract with INTELECOM for two of the three video series they have purchased in the past. This content has only been available for NCCCS users.  The System Office will not renew the Allied Health and Philosophy video series that include “The Human Condition” and “The Examined Life” video series originally added to the NCLOR on October 10, 2014. The NCLOR staff will be removing the content from the NCCCS premium content collection on March 19th. The NCCCS will however be renewing all of the Adult Education video series which includes: “Crossroad Café”, “Madison Heights”, and “On Common Ground” series. The System Office will not renewing the content because NCLOR statistics shows low popularity for these resources by NCCCS educators.

If you currently use any of the content that will be removed, please plan accordingly. Any links to the removed content in LMS based courses will cease working after March 19th, 2016. The NCCCS System Office apologizes in advance for any inconvenience this action may cause.

New Search Features Added to NCLOR Dashboard


In response to user feedback and as an outcome of the recent K-12 project, the NCLOR has added some new search features for NCCCS users.

Dashboard Additions

The North Carolina Community College System faculty users will now see a new portlet on their dashboard called “Welcome!”. The Welcome! search portlet is an area that displays shortcuts to the keyword search, browse, the advanced search functionality. The tabs allow for quick access to custom searching in the NCLOR. The Welcome search portlet also displays short descriptions of the differences between browsing, keyword and advanced searching.

Welcome Portlet

Figure 1: Screenshot of Welcome! portlet with tabs and search descriptions highlighted

The portlet has been customized to display different logos, browses, or advanced searches depending on which NCLOR user group you are in. Therefore, NCCCS users and K-12 users may see different logos images, or the tabs to the Browses and Advanced Search areas will link to lists that are relevant to them. The Welcome! portlet can be closed or removed  from your dashboard if so desired.

Navigation Menu Additions

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Figure 2: The Start a New Search or Browse buttons

Two new buttons have been added to the main navigation menu in the NCLOR. With the latest update to NCLOR, the application has the ability to remember the last search or browse the user was viewing before selecting a specific resource to view. This is great feature but it can be confusing to some users. When clicked, the “Start a New Search” or “Start a New Browse” buttons will clear the current search query and present a new search or browse page.

Note: The new features listed above apply to the main interface of NCLOR and not the learning management system integrations. The LMS interfaces have not changed.

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.

NROC Dev. English Example Screenshot

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)
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