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Tufts OpenCourseWare resources added to OER collection


Today, fifty-four resources available from Tufts University’s OpenCourseWare project was added to the NCLOR. Tufts OpenCourseWare is part of an  educational movement initiated by MIT that provides free access to course content for everyone online. Tufts’ course offerings demonstrate the University’s strength in the life sciences in addition to its multidisciplinary approach, international perspective and underlying ethic of service to its local, national and international communities. This series includes a wide variety of course topics but the content focused on human, dental, and veterinary medicine, as well as arts & sciences and engineering.

Intro to Game Development Course homepage

Image of Video game development online course home page. (Courtesy of M. Chow, 2009.)

The courses included in this series are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Unported LicenseCreative Commons License

The NCCCS courses that these resources may supplement are; AGR213, ANS3500, ARG110, BIO145, BIO155, BIO250, BIO271, BIO275, CEG111, CIM250, DEN103, DEN104, DEN106, DEN107, DEN230, DLT116, EDU244, ENV120, ENV214, ENV218, ENV220, FSE214, HIT112, HMT212, HTO110, HTO120, HUM160, HUM161, MED138, NUR3252, NUT110, PAD252, PHY101, PHY133, POL220, PTA170, RCP115, SCO213, SGD111, SGD114, SOC220, TRE270, VET122, VET125, VET131,  and VET137.

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

GaTech Biology Resources added to the NCLOR


GeTech BiologyToday, two new Biology courses were added to the Open Educational Resources collection in the NCLOR. Georgia Tech Biology has made  74 resources available in the nine modules.

The courses made available in are:

  • BIOL 1510 – Biological Principles. An introduction to the basic principles of modern biology, including biomacromolecules, bioenergetics, cell structure, genetics, homeostasis, evolution, and ecological relationships.
  • BIOL 1520 – Introduction to Organismal Biology. An introduction to biology at the organ and organismal levels, with emphasis on physiological processes and integration of growth and development.

The NCCCS courses that these resources may supplement are; BIO-110 and BIO-115.

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

Georgia Virtual Learning Content Added to OER Collection in NCLOR


Today, over 1100 individual learning modules were added to the open educational resources collection within the NCLOR. This series has been made available from the Georgia Department of Education. The Georgia Virtual Learning (GVL) is a large online repository of learning content used for online instruction. The virtual courses included in this series serve a wide array of student learning styles through interactive and engaging learning content that’s designed for best practice and flexibility. The resources included in this series are the “shared” or the open educational resources created for the Georgia Virtual Learning instruction. There are 94 complete courses included in this collection, in subjects such as: Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education, Fine Arts, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences, and World Languages.

The courses were created by Georgia Department of Education faculty. They are organized in modular format (SoftChalk) with audio/video interactive features and built in navigation. Specific attention was paid regarding ADA compliance with the inclusion of closed caption/audio features as well as universal design.

The courses included in this series are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Unported LicenseCreative Commons License

In the NCLOR, the courses are sorted by subject area, course name and then module order. Click a subject area listed below, to view the full list of courses available.

Subjects

Example: “Introduction to Digital Design” – Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education

The NCCCS courses that these resources may supplement are; ACC-125, AIB-110, ART-111, ART-114, ART-115, AST-111, ATR-282, BAF-110, BIO-106, BIO-110, BIO-111, BIO-163, BIO-165, BIO-280, BUS-110, CHM-090, CHM-131, CIS-070, CIS-110, CIS-111, CIS-115, CIS-3100, CJC-111, CJC-251, CJC-5001, CJC-5070, COM-120, DET-112, DMA-030, DME-110, DME-140, ECO-251, EFL-093, ENG-231, ENG-241, ENG-261, ENG-271, ENV-110, ENV-120, FLI-3712, FLI-3714, FLI-3715, FLI-3720, GEL-111, GEO-111, GEO-112, GEO-113, HIS-111, HIS-112, HIS-131, HIS-132, HRD-3008, HUM-130, JOU-110, LAT-111, LAT-112, MAT-110, MAT-121, MAT-122, MAT-171, MAT-271, MKT-227, MUS-110, MUS-121, NUR-3100, PHY-101, PHY-110, PHY-131, PHY-132, POL-120, PSY-150, SGD-112, SGD-3200, SOC-210, SPA-110, WEB-210, and WEB-3000.

Technology Note: Many of the resources in this series use embedded Flash elements within the modules. You should be sure to configure your web browser to accept embedded Flash content.  

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: Georgia Virtual Learning or log into the NCLOR and click on the More button on the left menu bar. Then click the Open Educational Resource Series link and then click the Georgia Virtual Learning 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 added to NCLOR


Today, 240 videos from TED Ed were made available in 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. These resources are short, award-winning animated videos about ideas that spark the curiosity of learners. The videos also include quizzes, more detailed information, and a discussion area under the: Think, Dig Deeper, Discuss links respectively. Some of the subjects included in this series are: mathematics, biology, history, literature, and health.

TED-Ed’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world. TED-Ed’s supports learning by producing a growing library of original animated videos , provides an international platform for teachers to create their own interactive lessons, helps curious students around the globe bring TED to their schools and gain presentation literacy skills, celebrates innovative leadership within TED-Ed’s global network of over 250,000 teachers. TED-Ed has grown from an idea worth spreading into an award-winning education platform that serves millions of teachers and students around the world every week.” – Source About TED Ed, (https://ed.ted.com/about)

 

Example: “Do schools kill creativity?”, Sir Ken Robinson, February 2006 at TED2006

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; ANT220, ANT230, ART111, ART114, ART115, BIO094, BIO110, BIO120, BIO230, BUS225, CHM090, CJC111, CJC231, CUL150, DAN110, EGR110, EMS3000, ENG101, ENG131, ENV120, HIS111, HIS112, HIS115, HIS132, HIS145, HIS211, HIS212, HIS221, HPT3100, HUM120, MAT141, MAT3713, MSC160, MSC172, MUS110, PHI210, PHI215, PHM265, PHY101, POL110, PSY101, and REL110.

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)

More Cambridge University Videos Added to the NCLOR


cambridge-university-logoToday, thirty-five video resources from the University of Cambridge were added to the open educational resources collection within the NCLOR. In this series, you can find out about some of the research, discoveries, and innovations that take place at Cambridge University. In particular, Cambridge Ideas which is an ongoing series of short documentaries that present Cambridge’s cutting edge research together with comment and opinion on matters of global significance. Additions to the Cambridge Shorts and Curious Objects series have also been added to the series.

The topics included in this series are:

  • Cambridge Ideas – cutting edge research at Cambridge (20 new resources)
  • Cambridge Shorts – short films from top researchers at Cambridge (4 new resources)
  • Curious Objects – small collection of artifacts found in the University of Cambridge Library (11 resources)

Example: Cambridge Ideas – The Emotional Computer, Cambridge Univerisity, Dec. 2010

The NCCCS courses that these resources may supplement are; ANT210, ANT220, AST151, AST152, BIO090, BIO092, BIO110, BIO120, BIO230, CJC112, EDT110, EGY3000, ELC233, HIS145, HPT3100, HUM150, MUS110, PSY271, SGD125, SST110, and ZAS235.

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

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)

Science Friday Series Added to NCLOR


scifri_icon2Today, the NCLOR added a 100+ video series from Science Friday (SciFri). For 25 years SciFri introduced top scientists to public radio listeners, and reminded them how much fun it is to learn something new. But it is more than just a radio show. They produce award-winning digital videos, original web articles, and educational resources for teachers and informal educators. All of the work is independently produced by the Science Friday Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the public’s access to science and scientific information. Public Radio International (PRI) distributes the radio show, which you can catch on public radio stations across the U.S.

The videos in this series include topics in the subjects of: Arts, Biology, Chemistry, Design, Earth Science, Engineering, Food Science, Health, and Physics.

Example: “How Owl Turn their Heads” Science Friday, Feb 1, 2013.

The NCCCS courses that these resource may supplement are: ANS111, ART261, ART267, ART281, ART282, ASL250, AST111, AST151, BDF114, BIO090, BIO110, BIO120, BIO130, BIO140A, BIO160, BIO163, BIO165, BIO168, BIO170, BIO173, BIO230, BIO243, BIO250, BIO275, BIO280, BTC260, CHM080, CHM082, CHM090, CHM092, CHM131, CUL142, CUL150, DAN140, DES125, DES135, DES240, DES3000, DME110, EDT110, EDU234, EGR150, EGR230, EGR250, ENV110, ENV218, HIS164, HOR3307, ISC3600, MSC172, MUS110, MUS111, PED211, PHY101, PHY110, PHY122, PSY150, and REL221.

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

Virtual Cell Animation Resource Series Updated in NCLOR


The Virtual Cell Animation resource series has been updated in the NCLOR. This resource series from the World Wide Web Instructional Committee at North Dakota State University is a set of high-quality animations of molecular and cellular processes. This collection has been developed to introduce students to new concepts. By walking through the still images and a movie included for each topic, viewers are in control of choosing the learning style that best fits their needs.

There are a total of 25 resources included in this series on the topics of molecular and cellular processes as well as cellular energy conversion. The animations added with this update include: Glycolysis – Overview, Glycolysis Reactions, The Citric Acid Cycle – Overview, The Citric Acid Cycle – Reactions, and Energy Consumption.

All items in this resource series now have a YouTube video (closed captioned) and a flash-based movie of each animation, a zip file of annotated still images from the animations, and a text file of the animation narration (where needed).

Example: Energy Consumption: An Overview Video

All resources in this series are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

The suggested NCCCS courses for these resources are: BIO092, BIO110, BIO111, BIO275, BIO265

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

CK-12 Resource Series Updated in NCLOR


CK 12 logoDue to a resource reorganization at CK-12, the NCLOR needed to re-catalog all the resources available from the CK-12 foundation. The FlexBooks® currently available (72), have now been downloaded to the NCLOR directly in PDF and ePub formats. To view the files you will need a pdf reader or an iOS device, Android device or ePub reader to view the ePub files. All older versions of the resources in the CK-12 series have been archived.

FlexBook® textbooks are CK-12’s open source digital textbooks.

The CK-12 Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to reduce the cost of textbook materials for the K-12 market both in the U.S. and worldwide. Using an open-content, web-based collaborative model termed the FlexBook®, CK-12 intends to pioneer the generation and distribution of high-quality educational content that will serve both as core text as well as provide an adaptive environment for learning.

Except as otherwise noted, all CK-12 Content is made available to users in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/), as amended and updated by Creative Commons from time to time (the “CC License”), which is incorporated herein by this reference.

Click on the links below to view the different FlexBook® subjects available in this resource series collection.

FlexBook® Subjects

The NCCCS courses that these resource may supplement are: AST111,  AST111A,  BIO090,  BIO094,  BIO100,  BIO106,  BIO110,  BIO111,  BIO112,  BIO150,  BIO162,  BIO163,  CHM080,  CHM081,  CHM082,  CHM130,  CHM132,  DFT214,  DMA030,  EGR110,  EGY2000,  ENG125,  ENG126,  EVN110,  HIS131,  JOU110,  MAT121,  MAT122,  MAT142,  MAT223,  MAT252,  MAT263,  MAT271,  PHY101,  PHY110,  PHY121,  and PHY122.

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

  • Click on any of the links above.
  • Log into the NCLOR and click on the More button on the left menu bar. Then click the Resource Series link and then CK-12 Flexbooks.
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)

New Intelecom Video Series Available in NCLOR


Intelecom LogoToday, three new subject areas from the INTELECOM video collection have been added to the NCLOR. The subject areas added include Adult Education, Allied Health and Philosophy. Over 780 new videos and video clips have been included in this addition. The new content includes nationally recognized documentary series such as: Crossroads Café, Madison Heights, Lifelines, On Common Ground, The Human Condition, and The Examined Life. All videos content included in this content are closed captioned and are available for viewing at the resource summary page and the attachment level for easy inclusion into LMS based courses.  This purchased content has been made available only to the NCCCS system. For more information on this new content, see the detailed information below.

Example: screenshot of crossroads cafe video displayed in NCLOR

Example: screenshot of crossroads café video displayed in NCLOR


Detailed information about the new series…

Crossroads CafeCrossroads Café

Subject Area: Adult Education (ESL)
NCCCS Course(s) this content may support: BSP2000, BSP2001

This English language learner (ELL) series blends comedy and drama to teach English to speakers of other languages. The stories feature characters whose lives intersect at Crossroad Cafe, a neighborhood restaurant, where together they experience the struggles, conflicts, joys and victories of everyday life. Each episode features “Word Play,” an animated segment demonstrating a specific language function. Culture Clips is a video series included in Crossroads Café and made up of 26 documentary-style short segments on various aspects of life in the U.S.

Madison HeightsMadison Heights

Subject Area: Adult Education
NCCCS Course this content may support: BSP2000, BSP2001

Ten half-hour dramatic episodes. Madison Heights centers around a hypothetical middle school and focuses on one or more families struggling to overcome adversity with courage, dignity and hope. Each episode addresses a particular problem, such as illiteracy, alcoholism, and welfare.

On Common GroundOn Common Ground

Subject Area: Adult Education
NCCCS Courses this content may support: BSP2000, BSP2001

On Common Ground is anthology of stories that unfolds in a City Hall of a medium-sized city. This 15 episode series present dramatic stories which take on controversial issues, usually in situations that lack a single right answer. Each episode concludes with a relevant video of a key event from U.S. history. Individual lessons focus on such crucial issues as racial polarization, extremism and freedom of speech, individual rights versus the public good, separation of powers, and checks and balances.

lifelinesLifelines

Subject Area: Adult Education
NCCCS Courses this content may support: BSP2000, BSP2001

Lifelines is a ten-part documentary videos series for family literacy and adult education. Inspiring stories of families working together provide meaningful, and motivating learning experiences for today’s parent learner.

The Human ConditionThe Human Condition

Subject Area: Allied Health, Health, Biology
NCCCS Courses this content may support: BIO092, BIO155, CIM125, HEA110, HEA130, HEA150, HEA3029, HEA3029, HSE245

The Human Condition takes a comprehensive view of health care, focusing on nine topic areas: The Fabric of Health, Who is at Risk?, The life Cycle, Emotional and Mental Health, Sexual Health, Health and Chemical Substances, Health Risks: The Role of Heredity and Lifestyle, Promoting Well-Being Through Fitness and Nutrition, and The Individual in the Health/Medical Marketplace. These 26 video episodes (349 clips) combine interviews with leading health professionals, dynamic location footage, and illustrative case studies, to bring each lesson to life.

the_examined_life_logoThe Examined Life

Subject Area: Philosophy
NCCCS Courses this content may support: PHI210 , PHI215 , PHI220 , PHI221 , PHI230 , PHI240 , REL110

The series “The Examined Life” offers learners an in-depth analysis of the wisdom of the Western world, The Examined Life studies the “Great Questions” that have intrigued philosophers from antiquity to the present. Using writings of past philosophers and interviews with more than 50 contemporary thinkers, the course episodes underscore how these great questions – What is art? Does God exist? What is the meaning of life? Does the end justify the means? – still reverberate in society today. The series includes 26 episodes (136 clips) and 15 interviews with leading contemporary thinkers (201 clips).

Accessing Content: To find this content in the NCLOR, you can do any of the following:

  • On the quick search bar, click the search button, then select Intelecom Video Collection from the “within” dropdown list.
  • Navigate to the Browse by NCCCS Premium Content area> click on the Intelecom Video Collection
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