Four New eTextbooks Added to NCLOR OER Collection


APUS ePress LogoThe American Public University System ePress (APUS) ePress is an electronic academic publisher providing high quality open access, low cost, and specialty digital materials for online classroom and scholarly use. There are currently four course eTextbooks available within this series. The courses titles included are:

 

  • Effectiveness in Writing
  • Music Appreciation
  • Research, Analysis, and Writing
  • World Literature Anthology: Through the Renaissance

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The NCCCS courses that these resources may supplement are; ENG111, ENG116, ENG252, and MUS110.

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: American Public University System ePress.
  • Also you may log into the NCLOR and click on the More button on the left menu bar. Then click the Resource Series link and click the series of your choice.
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)

SciShow – Space Video Series added to the OER collection of NCLOR


Today over 400 video space science resources were added to the open educational resources collection from SciShow -Space. SciShow – Space is a video series from a family of science related YouTube channels. They make videos about: science news, history, particle physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, you name it. Their goal is to capture the awesomeness of our bizarre universe and make it easy for everyone to understand and enjoy. This space science video series includes topics like: Aliens, Astronauts, Black Holes, Comets, Dark Matter, Exoplanets, Galaxies and more.

Example: The Truth About Warp Drive,  Hank Green, May 14, 2015

The NCCCS courses that could be enhanced by using these resources are: AST-111 Descriptive Astronomy, AST-151 General Astronomy I

To access this series, you can do any of the following:

  • Log into the NCLOR and click on “Browse by Resource Series” and then the SciShow-Space series.
  • If you are NCCCS faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)
  • Simply, click SciShow – Space to view the series as a guest.

Python Programming Resources Added to NCLOR OER Collection


Today, ninety-two resources from Pythonlearn.org were added to the OER collection of the NCLOR. These resources are a set of generic Python Learning Resources to allow self-paced learning of the Python language. The materials from the site are collected from several courses at the University of Michigan. The instructor for this course is Chuck Severance of the University of Michigan. This content covers both 2.x and 3.x versions of Python. The content includes two open courses that cover many programming topics some of which include the following topics: Functions, Loops, Strings, Files, Lists, Dictionaries, Tuples and Using Web Services.

The two courses available are:

Example: Python for Informatics: Chapter 2 – Expressions Video, Chuck Severance. Jan 15, 2013

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The NCCCS courses that these resources may supplement are; CSC-121 Python Programming and CSC-122 Python  Application Development.

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: Pythonlearn.org.
  • Also you may log into the NCLOR and click on the More button on the left menu bar. Then click the Resource Series link and click the series of your choice.
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)

Periodic Table of Videos Series Updated within the OER collection of the NCLOR


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This resource series has now been updated to include fixed links that point directly to the YouTube videos. This resource series includes short video clips that explain all 118 elements of the periodic table. This project, devised by Brady Haran a BBC-trained video journalist, who had spent a year filming University of Nottingham scientists at work. The approach was unconventional: no scripts or storyboards, but a passionate desire to appeal to a general audience.

This series is available to everyone in the NCLOR including guests and all videos include closed caption options.

The NCCCS courses that could be enhanced by using these resources are: CHM3001, CHM081, CHM082, CHM090, and  CHM092.

Example: More White Phosphorus – Periodic Table of Videos Published on May 7, 2010

To access this series, you can do any of the following:

  • Log into the NCLOR and click on “Browse by Resource Series” and then the Periodic Table of Videos  series.
  • If you are NCCCS faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)
  • Simply, click Periodic Table of Videos Series to view the series as a guest.

 

NC BioNetwork Collection Updated


NC BioNetworkOver 200 new and updated learning resources have been added to the NC BioNetwork collection of the NCLOR. The mission of NC BioNetwork is to provide high quality economic and workforce development for biotechnology and life science industries across North Carolina through education, training, and laboratory resources. The topics include this series are: Aquaculture, BioForum, Bioprocessing, Career Skills, Composites, Craft Beverage, DNA, Education, Experiments in Biotechnology, Good Manufacturing Practice, Green Fluorescent Protein, Lab Equipment, Lab Procedure, Lab Safety, Measurement, Microscopes, Plant Grafting Workshop, Research, Scientific Notation, Spectrophotometer, Subject/Media Preparation, Using a Pipette, Viticulture, and Zombie College.

Example: Lake Monsters and Immunoassays, BioNetwork, Published on Feb 22, 2016

The NCCCS courses that these resources may supplement are; AQU-111 Aquaculture I, BDF-115 Applied Craft Bev Microbiology, BIO-280 Biotechnology, BTC-3401 Bioprocessing in the Workplace, and VEN-135 Intro to Viticulture.

Accessibility Statement:  All of the videos and/or learning objects in this series are closed captioned or 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:  NC BioNetwork 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 NC BioNetwork link.
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)

 

TED Ed series updated in NCLOR


Today, 331 videos from TED Ed were newly loaded or updated within the Open Educational Resources collection in the NCLOR. TED-Ed is TED’s (Technology, Entertainment and Design) youth and education initiative. Most of the resources made available are TED-Ed Originals and all are streamed from YouTube. These resources are short, award-winning animated videos about ideas that spark the curiosity of learners.

The videos are included in series such as: Animation Basic, Before and After Einstein, Getting Under Our Skin, Mysteries of Vernacular, Out of This World, Reading Between the Lines, and Superhero Science. The subject covered in the series are: Astronomy and astrophysics, Body systems and senses, Communication & Media, Literature, Physics, Simulation and game development, and Vocabulary.

Example: Newton’s 3 Laws, with a bicycle by Joshua Manley, TED Ed Published on Sep 19, 2012

All TED Ed content available in this series is free to use and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License  Creative Commons License.

The NCCCS courses that these resources may supplement are; AST-111 Descriptive Astronomy, BIO-161 Intro to Human Biology, ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry, ENG-251 Western World Literature I , ENG-252 Western World Literature II, GRD-275 Animation I, PHY-101 Fundamentals of Physics I, and  PHY-110 Conceptual Physics.

Accessibility Statement:  All of the videos and/or learning objects in this series are closed captioned or 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: TED Ed 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 TED Ed link.
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)

Google for Education training courses added to NCLOR OER collection


Google for Education logoToday, two new courses were made available from the Google Education Training Center within the NCLOR’s open educational resources collection. The Google Education Training Center offers two complete courses on how to use Google tools in the classroom. Content in the Fundamentals and Advanced courses is organized by three themes:

  1. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership
  2. Increase Efficiency and Save Time
  3. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity

Within these three themes they have a number of units. Each Unit is then made up of multiple lessons, each represented by a dot which turns green once they’ve been completed.

Important: You need a google account to access some of the resources associated with each lesson.

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: Google Education Training .
  • Also you may log into the NCLOR and click on the More button on the left menu bar. Then click the Resource Series link and click the series of your choice.
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)

Wake Tech. CC NEH Grant resources now available in the NCLOR


WTCC_NEH_bannerAs part of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Division at Wake Technical Community College has developed and implemented a project, “America’s Wars: Individual Experience and Cultural Memory.” These resources have been made available in the open educational resources collection within the NCLOR.

The goal of this project is to render more visible the experiences of military veterans and their families by incorporating their perspectives into humanities courses. Additionally, the America’s Wars project aims to help WTCC veterans make the difficult transition from military to college. This project also strives to present an accurate depiction of the nature of war and what soldiers endure physically and psychologically in order to foster both a better understanding of veterans and to educate students who may be considering military service or transitioning from it.

By incorporating war-related materials into English, history, psychology, and philosophy courses, this project promotes cultural awareness and sensitivity to the experiences of others and enhances students’ critical thinking by helping them understand the importance of questioning prevailing beliefs and master narratives.

NCCCS courses in which the NEH resources were incorporated were:

  • ENG-242 British Literature II
  • HIS-111 World Civilizations I
  • HIS-112 World Civilizations II
  • HIS-121 Western Civilization I
  • HIS-122 Western Civilization II
  • HIS-131 American History I
  • HIS-132 American History II
  • HUM-115 Critical Thinking
  • PHI-215 Philosophical Issues
  • PHI-240 Introduction to Ethics

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:NEH Wake Tech CC Grant .
  • Also you may log into the NCLOR and click on the More button on the left menu bar. Then click the Resource Series link and click the series of your choice.
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)

Three New Open e-Textbooks Series Added to the NCLOR OER Collection


Today, fifty-one new open e-textbooks were added to the open educational resources collection available within the NCLOR. The e-textbooks have been created by The University of Wisconsin, The University of Minnesota, and Oregon State University. The textbooks were created under a creative commons license and are free and open to use.

The subject included in this addition are: Accounting, Biochemistry and molecular biology, Biological and life sciences, Business administration, Change management, Climatology, Communication & Media, Cultural studies, Economics, Educational technology, Finance, Fisheries and wildlife sciences, Geography , Geology, Government, Human relations, Human resources, Information systems, Law, Linear Algebra, Marketing, Materials science, Organizational development, Physiology, Psychology, Social science, Sustainable agriculture, Technology and civilization, Web technologies, and Writing. 

The University of Minnesota collection of Open Textbook collection states its mission as “promoting access to higher education and collaborating to advance knowledge benefiting communities, the state, and world.”

The some of open textbooks available from The University of Minnesota are:


The Open Oregon State collection is an part of OSU’s open educational resource initiative.

The some of open textbooks available from Open Oregon State are:


University of Wisconsin – Madison has made small set of open textbook available for use.

The some of open textbooks available from University of Wisconsin – Madison are:

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The NCCCS courses that these resources may supplement are; ACA-111, ACC-120, AGR-139, AGR-300, BIO-165, BIO-175, BUS-110, BUS-137, BUS-153, BUS-237, BUS-255, BUS-260, CHM-130, CJC-131, COM-150, CSC-211, ECO-151, ECO-252, EDU-271, ENG-011, FWL-142, GEL-120, GEO-111, GEO-130, GIS-121, LIB-112, MAT-280, MEC-265, MKT-120, POL-120, PSY-150, PSY-237, SOC-210, and WEB-210.

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

 

World Science Festival Videos Added to the NCLOR’s OER Collection


Today, over 300 free video resources were added to the open educational resources collection of the NCLOR. The added resources were videos from the World Science Festival YouTube collection. The World Science Festival gathers great minds in science and the arts to produce live and digital content that allows a broad general audience to engage with scientific discoveries. Through discussions, debates, theatrical works, interactive explorations, musical performances, intimate salons, and major outdoor experiences, the Festival takes science out of the laboratory and into the streets, parks, museums, galleries and premier performing arts venues of New York City and beyond.

The World Science Festival is a production of the World Science Foundation, a non-profit organization headquartered in New York City. The Foundation’s mission is to cultivate a general public informed by science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future.

The topics included in this upload are: Biology, Cosmology, Physics, and Technology.

Example: Video “What does it mean for the speed of light to be constant?” World Science Festival , Mar 20, 2015

You can use the World Science Festival videos for free as long as you adhere to the terms of use available here: https://www.worldsciencefestival.com/terms-of-use/

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

The NCCCS courses that these resources may supplement are; ANT230, ANT245, AQU111, AST111, AST151, ATR280, BAS250, BIO130, BIO230, BIO243, BIO250, BIO275, BMT111, CSC211, CTS080, DET113, EDT110, EHS211, ENV255, MSC160, MUS110, NAN111, PHY101, PSG112, and PSY259.

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: World Science Festival or log into the NCLOR and click on the More button on the left menu bar. Then click the Browse by Open Educational Resource Series link and then click the World Science Festival link.
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)
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