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NC Dept. of Cultural Resources Collection added to NCLOR


North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources logoThe North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources has added a large collection of its educational resources to the NCLOR. Topics included in this collection are: Agriculture, Anthropology, Architecture, Business, Civics, Cultural studies, Government, Journalism, Literature, Performing arts, Public health, Religion, Sociology, State history, Transportation, and Visual arts. There are over 2100+ resources available in this collection.

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Collection Example: “Pioneers in Aviation” from the NC State Archives.

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 NC Department of Cultural Resources series.
  • If you are faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)
  • Simply, click NC Department of Cultural Resources to view the series as a guest.

Khan Academy Resource Series Updated in NCLOR


khan logoThe NCLOR’s  Khan Academy Resource Series was updated with over 2,500 new video tutorial resources, with a total resource count to over 4,500. This open educational resource series has now been promoted to a collection. All of the videos available from Khan Academy are now available within the NCLOR. Many of the videos have been tagged to a NCCCS combined course library course number.  The disciplines covered in this collection include: Economics and Finance, Humanities, Math, and Science. Each discipline can be sorted by subject, topic or sub-topic.

The Khan Academy is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation award winning not-for-profit organization with the goal of changing education for the better. Each video in this series is a digestible chunk of information, approximately 10 minutes long, closed captioned, and especially purposed for viewing on the computer.

IMPORTANT NOTE: As a result of a site redesign at Khan Academy, new resource urls were created. This means the old Khan Academy resources have been archived in the system and will soon be deleted. Please update any of your Khan Academy links with these new versions.

To access the Khan Academy Resource Series:

  1. log into the NCLOR  < www.explorethelor.org > or through your institution’s learning management system
  2. navigate to the Browse by Resource Series area
  3. click on the Khan Academy series.
  4. or just click here Khan Academy Resource Series

SBCTC Open Course Library Phase II Courses added to NCLOR


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The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) has updated the Open Course Library, which is a collection of expertly developed educational materials for 81 of the state’s highest-enrolled college courses. The materials are freely available online under an open license for use by the state’s 34 public community and technical colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and anyone else worldwide. The subjects included in this update  are: Business, Communications, English, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics,  and Science.

This resource series contains the IMS Common Cartridge files of the Open Course Library catalog. These files are compatible with many learning management systems (LMS) and contain all of the course content including syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments. Some courses have content available via Google Docs which enables users to download the course resources directly to their Google account.

All of the course titles included in this series are:

American Government, American Literature I, American Sign Language I, American Sign Language II, American Sign Language III, Art Appreciation, Biology I, Biology II, Biology III, Business Calculus, Business Law, Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III, College Success Course, Cultural Anthropology, Elementary Algebra, Engineering Physics I, English Composition I, English Composition II, French I, French II, French III, General Biology with Lab, General Chemistry with Lab I, General Chemistry with Lab II, General Chemistry with Lab III, General Psychology, Health for Adult Living, Human Anatomy and Physiology 1&2, Intermediate Algebra, Interpersonal Communication, Intro to Communication, Intro to Drama, Intro to Humanities, Intro to Mass Media, Intro to Political Science, Intro to Sociology, Introduction To Astronomy, Introduction To Business, Introduction to Chemistry (Inorganic), Introduction To Literature I, Introduction To Logic, Introduction To Oceanography, Introduction To Philosophy, Introduction to Physical Geology, Introduction to Statistics, Lifespan Psychology, Macroeconomics, Math in Society, Microbiology, Microeconomics, Music Appreciation, Nutrition, Pacific NW History, Physical Anthropology, Physics: Non Science Majors, Precalculus I, Precalculus II, Pre-College English, Principles of Accounting I, Principles of Accounting II, Principles of Accounting III, Public Speaking, Research for the 21st Century, Small Group Communication, Social Problems, Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Survey of Anthropology, Survey of Biology, Survey of Environmental Science, Symbolic Logic, Technical Writing, US History I, US History II, US History III, Western Civilization, Women in US History, and World Civilizations I.

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This content is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License which means that you are free to reuse the course in its entirety, edit it and use a your own modified version, or pick out only pieces which can be incorporated into your own course, as long as you credit the original author for their work.

The NCCCS courses that could be enhanced by using these resources are:

ACC111, ACC115, ACC118, ACC119, ACC120, ACC221, ACC3107, ANT210, ANT220, ANT230, ART111, ASL111, ASL112, ASL211, ASL221, ASL222, AST151, BIO100, BIO106, BIO110, BIO111, BIO112, BIO155, BIO160, BIO163, BUS110, BUS115, BUS116, BUS121, CHM115A, CHM121A, CHM131, CHM131A, CHM151, COM110, COM120, COM150, COM160, COM231, COM3709, ECO251, ECO252, EGR150, EGR220, ENG090, ENG110, ENG111, ENG116, ENG131, ENG132, ENG138, ENG231, ENV110, FLI3714, FLI3717, FRE111, FRE112, FRE211, FRE212, FRE221, GEL120, HEA110, HIS111, HIS121, HIS122, HIS131, HIS132, HIS162, HIS165, HIS232, HUM211, LIB210, MAT070, MAT080, MAT101, MAT151, MAT171, MAT172, MAT210, MAT223, MAT271, MAT272, MAT273, MSC160, MUS110, PHI210, PHI216, PHI230, PHY080, PHY090, POL110, POL120, PSY110, PSY150, SOC210, SOC220, SPA110, SPA111, SPA211, SPA212, SPA241,and SPA242.

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 Open Course Library series.
  • If you are NCCCS faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)
  • Simply, click here to view the series as a guest.

SBCTC Open Course Library Courses added to NCLOR


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The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) has created the Open Course Library, which is a collection of expertly developed educational materials for 42 of the state’s highest-enrolled college courses. The materials cost $30 or less per student and are freely available online under an open license for use by the state’s 34 public community and technical colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and anyone else worldwide. The subjects included in this resource series are: Business, Communications, English, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics,  and Science.

This resource series contains the IMS Common Cartridge files of the Open Course Library catalog. These files are compatible with many learning management systems (LMS) and contain all of the course content including syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments.

IMS Common Cartridge files are usually loaded to the LMS by the system administrator but you can view the course content by entering the WashingtonOnline (WAOL) system with the guest account here: https://sites.google.com/a/sbctc.edu/opencourselibrary/courses/phase-1-courses

Creative Commons License
This content is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which means that you are free to reuse the course in its entirety, edit it and use a your own modified version, or pick out only pieces which can be incorporated into your own course, as long as you credit the original author for their work.

The NCCCS courses that could be enhanced by using these resources are: ACC119 ,ACC120 , ACC3107 ,ACC111 ,ACC115 ,ACC118 , ANT220 , ANT230 , ART111 ,BIO106 ,BIO163 ,BIO111.BUS110 ,CHM131 ,CHM151 ,COM231 ,ECO251 ,ECO252 ,EGR150 ,EGR220 ,ENG110 ,ENG090 ,ENG111 ,ENG116 ,ENG131 ,ENG138 ,GEL120 ,HIS131 ,HIS132 ,HIS232 ,HIS165 ,LIB210 ,MAT080 ,MAT070 ,MAT151 ,MAT171 ,MAT172 ,MAT271 ,MAT272 ,MAT273 ,MSC160 ,MUS110 ,PHI210 ,PHI216 ,PHI230 ,PSY110 ,and PSY150.

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 Open Course Library series.
  • If you are NCCCS faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)
  • Simply, click here to view the series as a guest.

Khan Academy Resource Series Updated in NCLOR


khan logoThe NCLOR’s  Khan Academy Resource Series was updated with over 300 new humanities video tutorial resources. The History, Art History, and American Civics subject areas have been added to this great series.  The Khan Academy is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation award winning not-for-profit organization with the goal of changing education for the better. Each video in this series is a digestible chunk of information, approximately 10 minutes long, closed captioned, and especially purposed for viewing on the computer.

To access the Khan Academy Resource Series:

  1. log into the NCLOR  < www.explorethelor.org > or through your institution’s learning management system
  2. navigate to the Browse by Resource Series area
  3. click on the Khan Academy series.

New 3D Learning Activities Collection added to the NCLOR


A new three-dimensional learning activity (LA) collection has been added to the NCLOR. The i3D collection, created by Fayetteville Tech Community College, represents a powerful new information technology. The small interactive game-like environments increase engagement compared to traditional teaching methods, thereby motivating students to become instantly engaged.

i3D allows for the visualization of information that is difficult to understand, describe textually, or demonstrate two-dimensionally. i3D also allows learners access to equipment or situations that would be prohibitively expensive or too dangerous in the real world. The built-in interactivity provides the means to make knowledge come alive. i3D Learning Activities may have students interact with a single object or immerse themselves in a virtual environment.

The i3D-LAs can be used by individuals, small groups, or whole classes for introducing concepts, remediation or hands-on practice. Teachers can use them in class or assign them for homework. Students can view the i3D-LAs on individual computers, or they can be projected on a screen. Many also incorporate the option for stereoscopic “pop” with the use of special glasses.

Disciplines utilizing i3D Learning Activities range from biology, math, and English to cosmetology, funeral services, surgical technology, and radiography. The 3D activities are available from the NCLOR in a zip file format with an embedded exe file. No media player download is needed to view the activities.

You can access the collection by logging into the NCLOR through your LMS or here www.explorethelor.org , navigate to the Resource Areas and clicking on the Browse by FTCC i3D collection.

Yale University Open Courses added to the NCLOR


Enjoy the privilege of having Ivy League instructors delivery material to your students.  Open Yale Courses provide free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. This collection is a variety of subjects developed into a series of video lectures.  These resources have now been added as a Resource Series into the NCLOR.

Currently, there are 14 complete courses with syllabi, lecture notes, and resources.  In this collection, you will find courses on: Astronomy, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Economics, History, Physics, Political Science, and Psychology.  These resources are perfect as “value added” instruction for students or as professional development activities for instructors.

To access the Open Yale Courses resource series:

  1. log into the NCLOR  < www.explorethelor.org > or through your institution’s learning management system
  2. navigate to the Browse by Resource Series area
  3. click on the Open Yale Courses series.

Smithsonian Education Collection Updated


Smithsonian EducationThe NCLOR has updated it’s Smithsonian Education collection with 13 new items. The new items are the Smithsonian Lessons packages. The Smithsonian Lessons are complete packages of learning resources that are designed for specific grade levels. The packages may include many different resources ranging from student handouts, images, lesson plans and directions. All packages have been designed for use in grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12.

You can view the new items by accessing the NCLOR and by selecting: Browse by Resource Series>Smithsonian Education>Sort by Latest Additions.

The packages are in zip file format so item download is required.

Twenty-three new items for grades 6-12 in Math, Science, Art and History from Annenberg Media.


Annenberg MediaTwenty-three new free learning items for grades 6-12 in Math, Science, Art and History have been added to the NCLOR from Annenberg Media.

Annenberg Media has contributed the new “Interactives” items for grades 6-12.  Annenberg Media provides educators and students with strategies, content, and activities that can enhance and improve students’ skills in a variety of curricular areas.  You can find the Annenberg items in the NCLOR by browsing the “Browse by Resource Series” area or by searching for “Annenberg Media” in the free text search box.

New Smithsonian Education Resource Series Added to NCLOR


Smithsonian Education A Smithsonian Education resource series has been added to the all account holders collection of the NCLOR. This series focuses around the Smithsonian’s “Smithsonian in Your Classroom” and “Smithsonian Art to Zoo” publications. The series is targeted for K-12 students and provides lesson plans for activities that include subjects such as: Art & Design, Culture & Humanities, Language Arts, and Science & Technology. There are 104 resources in this series and range from PDF files of lesson plans to interactive web activities.

You can find the resources by logging into the NCLOR (www.nclor.org) or your institution’s learning management system and using the Browse by Resource Series area. You can also type “Smithsonian Education” in the basic search field from anywhere in the NCLOR to find the items.

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