Author Archives: Ralph Kaplan

Equella upgrade October 4, 2010


This evening a critical upgrade of our Equella software (v4.0 QA4) will be performed to remove some persistent bugs that have been causing significant problems and to ensure future smooth operation of the NCLOR. The upgrade should repair the following:

    Race condition
    Page 3 issues
    Student access
    Moodle link converter

Questions or concerns? Write to nclorstaff@gmail.com

NC LIVE PBS videos will soon be available via the NCLOR


The NCLOR will be integrating the NC LIVE PBS video collection into the NCLOR in August.  This value added service allows faculty to embed the videos within their LMS courses (Moodle or Blackboard).  Students will be able to access the videos from within the LMS without the need for additional NC LIVE passwords or authentication.

Faculty can access the NCLOR via their LMS interface.  Additional information (configuration, implementation, tutorials, FAQ, etc.) can be found on the NCLOR portal page: http://www.explorethelor.org

Stay tuned for the upcoming launch announcement.

Questions?  Write to nclorstaff@gmail.com

Resource Poll Underway


The NCLOR is conducting a summertime poll to prepare for the Fall semester.  Feedback from this poll will help us focus the NCLOR to meet your teaching needs, including strategic decisions about issues such as resource selection, contribution, and delivery.

This poll is intended for those faculty and partner librarians who use Moodle or Blackboard courses for instruction.  However, we welcome all comments from all personnel about the NCLOR.

The link to the poll was sent out to the appropriate email lists earlier this month.  There was a deadline date of July 30, 2010 for completion of the poll, but it will be extended until August 25, 2010 due to many teachers being on 10 month contracts.  A notice about the new time frame will be sent to all on July 26, 2010.

NCLOR 2010 Spring Training Tour


Half-day classes (10am – 3pm) will be held across North Carolina in three convenient locations during the second week of May.

May 11 Pitt Community College, Greenville
May 12 Randolph Community College, Asheboro
May 13 Catawba Valley Community College, Hickory

Topics include:
•Value of the North Carolina Learning Object repository (NCLOR) to faculty
•Finding resources
•Integrating resources into your Moodle or Blackboard courses
•Contributing to the NCLOR
•What resources would you like to see in the NCLOR?

All are invited.  Cost is free.  Bring your lunch of visit a local restaurant.  Deadline for signing up is May 6.  Click here for the online registration form.  Once registered, contact and location information will appear.

NCLOR welcomes new collection


The NCLOR is happy to announce that the Correctional Education Association (CEA) will be adding their collection of resources to our repository.   The CEA, founded in 1945, is a non-profit, professional association serving educators and administrators who provide services to students in correctional settings.  Their vast materials located in one central repository will be of great benefit to their members.  Additionally, the CEA has graciously agreed to open their collection to our CC faculty.

We look forward to our partnership with the CEA.

North Carolina Real Estate Commission resources


Course syllabi for the Commission prescribed 75-hour Broker Prelicensing Course and all three Broker Postlicensing Courses (Broker Relationships & Responsibilities, Contracts & Closings and Selected Topics) are now available via the NCLOR.

Tutorials ready for use


Orientation and tutorials that cover aspects of everyday NCLOR usage are now online.  Visit our training resources page < http://www.explorethelor.org/training_resources.html > for a complete guide.

Portal page online


Our new portal page <http://www.explorethelor.org > is now in production.  Links to resources, tutorials, login, password requests, etc. can all be accessed from this one main page.

Wikipedia entry now available


The NCLOR Wikipedia article is now available.  It provides greater detail about the background and history of this project along with technical details.  Please visit.

Training materials being created


The training committee is busily creating materials for orientation and use of the NCLOR.  The following topics are being considered:

  • What is the NCLOR?
  • General orientation for first time users
  • Searching
  • CMS/LMS orientation
  • How to contribute
  • Contribution tools (Softchalk, Camtasia, etc.)
  • Moderation

We hope to have this all in place by late July so that faculty will be ready to use the NCLOR this coming Fall.

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