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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:

New Science and Math eBooks from Siyavula added to NCLOR


siyavula-logo-tiny Today, 14 new open textbooks (eBooks) from Siyavula Education were added to the open educational resources collection in the NCLOR. Siyavula Education is South African based organization dedicated to creating and enabling engaging, integrated, high-quality learning experiences in Mathematics and the Sciences for learners and teachers in South Africa and globally. The set of 14 textbooks are completely open and free to use. All resources are Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported licensed.

The subjects covered in this resource series are: Earth science, Physics, Chemistry, Biological and life sciences, Algebra, Trigonometry, Statistics, Probability, and Math literacy.

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Image: Siyavula Physical Sciences Grade 12, Textbook Cover

The list below is complete listing of textbook added:

  • Natural Sciences and Technology Grade 4,5,6 – Open Textbooks (3 resources)
  • Natural Sciences Grade 7,8,9 – Open Textbooks (3 resources)
  • Physical Sciences Grade 10,11,12 – Open Textbooks (3 resources)
  • Life Sciences Grade 10 – Open Textbook (1 resource)
  • Mathematics Grade 10,11,12 – Open Textbooks (3 resources)
  • Mathematical literacy Grade 10 – Open Textbook (1 resource)

The NCCCS courses that these resource may supplement are: PHY101, CHM090, CHM094, MAT121, DMA065, MAT3713, and MAT110.

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

NCLOR Application Update Complete


MaintenanceThe NCLOR Equella application update scheduled for 5:10 pm, Tuesday, January 3rd completed without incident. The repository is functioning normally in version 6.4. QA3.

Thank-you,

NCLOR Staff

NCLOR 6.4 QA3 Update Rescheduled to Tuesday, January 3rd at 5:10 p.m


The scheduled update planned for Dec. 30th did not occur due to unforeseen circumstances. The NCLOR staff will upgrade the core application to version 6.4 QA3 on Tuesday, January 3rd at 5:10 p.m. There should only be a couple of hours of down time associated with this upgrade. The NCLOR team apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

NCLOR Staff

NCLOR to Upgrade to 6.4 QA3 on Dec 30th, 10:00 am


MaintenanceThe NCLOR staff will upgrade the core application to version 6.4 QA3 on Friday, December 30th at 10:00 a.m. There should only be a couple of hours of down time associated with this upgrade. The NCLOR team apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Thank-you,
NCLOR Manager

Open SUNY Textbooks Added to NCLOR


Open_SUNY_logo_smToday, 6 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 titles of the added ebooks are:

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: BUS240, ECO151, EDU152, EDU253, EDU280, ENG111, ENG125, ENG126, MAT167, NUR3218, and NUR3252.

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)
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