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NCLOR Four Year Anniversary

April 1st 2013, marked the four year anniversary of the “production go live” date for the North Carolina Learning Objects Repository. Since that first roll out, the NCLOR has grown into a mature and robust system with over 16,000 individual high quality resources. The NCLOR is integrated into 57 of the 58 community college learning management systems and 556,460 pages have been viewed by 110,300 users. Users from 139 different countries have visited the NCLOR in the past 4 years but 88,104 visits are directly from North Carolina educators and students. (see Figure 1 below)

NCLOR User distribution map Image

Figure 1: NCLOR User distribution map for North Carolina from Dec 2009 to Apr 2013

The future of the NCLOR looks brighter and ever.  In the last year, the NCLOR has expanded to include a more integrated partnership K-12 or the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI). In this effort, NCLOR has worked with the DPI leadership to integrate the application into the overarching K-12 Race-to-the-Top Initiative federal grant strategy.

The success NCLOR is not possible without the hard work and dictation of all the team members of the Learning Technology System division of the NCCCS System Office, the distance learning and library administrators at all of the NCCCS colleges, and our NC Office of Information Technology  Services and Pearson –Equella partners.

Logo Chosen

After many iterations and back and forth discussion, our logo and slogan have been chosen. It will be used on our new web site, presentations, and teaching/marketing materials.

A new home page is being developed incorporating our new logo. It will have links to training, news, resources, and of course, the NCLOR. We hope to have this new page ready by the end of June 2009.

NCLOR Team meeting

Today the team meets at the Wilson County Public Library for a mini-retreat to regroup, review lessons learned, and plan for for future growth.  We’ve hit a few speed bumps along the way that have slowed progress and we intend to put procedures and policies in place that will alleviate issues in the future.  But in general, things are looking good and we are looking forward to a successful 2009 and beyond.

April 2009 plans

Lots going on at the NCLOR.  In April, we hope to accomplish:

  • The NROC content loaded by mid-April
  • Federation with the FTCC 3D collection
  • Add the NCSU horticulture collection
  • Add the Virtual Microscope collection
  • Memorandum of Agreement completed by mid-April
  • General tweaks and clean-up

March 2009 update

It was an amazing March for the NCLOR Team.  The following were accomplished:

  • Moved into production
  • Administration training done
  • Cleaning and weeding current resources
  • Tweaking of moderation instrument
  • Located two free online survey instruments (Lime; PollDaddy) to be used for asking the NCLOR community anything we wish
  • Upload of eBooks (Jobs & Careers)

April will be just as exciting!

Soft production

The NCLOR entered into production phase on March 31, 2009.  As we continue to smooth out the edges and create support materials, we will slowly build our collection while introducing the NCLOR to North Carolina faculty across the state.   Once everything is in place, more large scale promotion efforts will begin to take shape.

Move to Production

The NCLOR is on schedule to move to production on March 31, 2009.  Tonight, we will migrate NCLOR from the Pilot to the VM Production. Testing will take place and if all is well, we will move forward with “freezing” the enviroment for one day to moderate and prepare the data for  the March 31, 2009 launch.

Upgrade complete

Upgrade to the Q3 version of Equella is complete.  We will be weeding the pilot collection during the last week of February in preparation for moving the system into production phase.

Software upgrade

Today we got the word that the Equella Q3 installation was almost complete.  Once that is done, we will moderate the resources in the pilot server, move everything over to the new VM test server, and then move it all to production.  The pilot server will remain as a sandbox until July and then we will decide whether to keep it or not through 2010.  As we moderate and move these resources, the process will be documented for future use.

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