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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)

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)

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.

C3BC Chemistry Resources added to NCLOR


The Community College Consortium for Biosciences Credentialsc3bc logo (c3bc) located at Forsyth Technical Community College (Forsyth Tech), has made the first of many course resources 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 first course available is the “Introduction to Chemistry (CHM 131)” course consists of structured learning objects.

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of inorganic chemistry. Topics include measurement, matter and energy, atomic and molecular structure, nuclear chemistry, stoichiometry, chemical formulas and reactions, chemical bonding, gas laws, solutions, and acids and bases. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of chemistry as it applies to other fields.  The content has been organized in units and module for ease of use and for supplementing current CHM 131 courses.

The NCCCS courses that these resource may supplement are: CHM131.

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

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)

Eight New NROC Collections Added to the NCLOR


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Available to NCCCS Only

The content available in the NCLOR from NROC has been updated with eight new collections. The eight new collections are: The Concord Consortium Collection, NMSU Learning Games Lab Collection, Mt. San Jacinto College Collection, Chattanooga State Technical College Collection, BioInteractive Collection, APES in a Box Collection, Virginia Historical Society Collection, and NASA eClips Collection. The NROC Project provides core academic rich multimedia content–videos, animations, and simulations–on general education subjects to middle-school, high-school teachers, college professors and their students. Over 490 new resources have been added to the NROC collection. These resources join the other 2,800+ items already available for NCCCS faculty use.


 

The Concord Consortium Logo The Concord Consortium is a collection of Revolutionary Digital Learning items for Science, Engineering, and Math. The Concord Consortium is a nonprofit educational research and development organization based in Concord, Massachusetts. The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: CHM081, CHM082, PHY080, BIO090, MAT121, PHY101, EHS115.  Number of items added = 41  Subjects included = Biology, Algebra, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental science


 

Chattanooga State Technical Community College LogoThe Chattanooga State Technical Community College collection includes topics in Religion & Chemistry of Global Climate Change. The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: CHM081, CHM082, CHM1312,CTC120, ENV110, ENV120, ENV222, ENV234, EPP112, HIS117, HUM122, NAN251, NUC110, PHS121, PHS140, REL110, REL111, REL112, REL221, SOC250, WAT3200.  Number of items added =177  Subjects included = Religion, Chemistry, Atmospheric science, Climatology


 

BioInteractive Logo The BioInteractive collection includes Cutting-edge Science Animations and Videos. BioInteractive series of films brings compelling stories of scientific discovery, featuring leading scientists in fields ranging from evolutionary biology and genetics to earth science. The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: ANT230, BIO094, BIO100, BIO111, BIO250, ENV120, GEL111, MED138, and PHS130. Number of items added =42   Subjects included = Biology, Environmental science


 

MSJC Mt. San Jacinto College LogoThe Mt.San Jacinto College collection provides Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade course. This course is designed for anyone who wants to become a better writer. If you need to write more clearly for work, prepare for a placement test for a college, or improve your skills for current writing projects, this class is beneficial. Please be aware that basic writers are the targeted audience for this course. The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: ENG125, ENG126.  Number of items added =15  Subjects included = English, Writing


 

NMSU Learning Games Lab Logo New Mexico State University Learning Games Lab collection offers Math Snacks: Animations and Games for Middle School. Math Snacks are short animations and mini-games designed to present mathematics in a very different way. Math Snacks give students, especially those who don’t particularly like math, another way to look at math concepts. The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: MAT101.  Number of items added =22  Subjects included = Mathematics, Mathematics education


 

APES in a BOX Logo APES in a BOX collection contain AP Environmental Science Review courses. APES in a Box is an all-inclusive study guide for the AP Environmental Science exam. APES in a BOX has been updated to reflect changes in the 2011 APES Exam! APES in a Box was written by experienced APES teachers Benjy Wood and Dave Holbert. The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: AGR121, AGR170, ALT120, ARG121, ARG170, ATT135, BIO145, EGY3001, EGY3004, EHS115, ELC231, ENV110, ENV120, ENV220, EPP112, FOR175, IVS110, NUC210, and PHS140.   Number of items added =33  Subjects included = Environmental science


 

Virginia Historical Society LogoThe Virginia Historical Society, founded in 1811  in Richmond, Virginia, is a major repository, research, and teaching center for Virginia history. The mission of the Virginia Historical Society is to connect people to America’s past through the unparalleled story of Virginia.  The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: HIS131, HIS132. Number of items added =14  Subjects included = United States history and  State history


 

NASA eClips LogoNASA eClips™ are short, relevant educational video segments. These videos inspire and engage students, helping them see real world connections. New video segments are produced weekly exploring current applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, topics. NASA eClips™ offer unlimited flexibility in the classroom for timing, sequencing and pacing instruction to meet the needs of students and classroom instructors. The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: PHY080, PHY090, AST111, ENV120, and CHM092.  Number of items added =147  Subjects included = Astronomy and astrophysics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth science, Food science, Physics, and Space sciences

 

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

  • Search by free text by typing in the collection name: (i.e.“Chattanooga State Technical College” or “APES in a BOX” or “New Mexico State University Learning Games Lab” etc.)
  • Browse by NROC resource series: Navigate to the Browse by Resource Series area> click on the The NROC Project > Sort by Subject Areas or Sort by NROC Collection

Important Note: Due to NROC license agreement this content is only available to NCCCS Faculty.

BozemanScience Video Series added to the NCLOR


Bozemanscience logo Over three hundred new science videos have been added to the NCLOR’s Open Educational Resource collection. BozemanScience is a video series maintained by Paul Andersen a Bozeman Montana High School teacher who has been teaching high school science for the last nineteen years, and teaching science on YouTube for the last 3 years. Anderson was the 2011 Montana Teacher of the Year.   He has created hundreds of science videos that have been viewed millions of times by students and teachers around the world. Paul was recently selected as a YouTube Edu Guru. He has presented  at TEDx Talk on classroom game design and been called the next Sal Khan.

The topics included in the BozemanScience Series are: Anatomy and Physiology, AP Biology, Biology, AP Chemistry, Chemistry, AP Physics, Earth Science and Physics have been added to the collection.

(Beginner’s Guide – Balancing Equations video by Paul Andersen from Unit 5: Chemical Reactions, Chemistry course.)

The suggested NCCCS courses these resources may benefit are: BIO090, BIO100, BIO163, BIO165, CHM081, CHM082, CHM092, CHM121, PHY080, PHY090, PHY101, PHY102, ENV110, and MAT151.

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

Sumanas Inc. Learning Objects added as new Series


Sumanas Inc. LogoSumanas Inc is a education multimedia group that specializes in accurate high-impact interactive learning activities for higher education. Sumanas has made available 105 examples of the work they have completed for science textbooks and related fields. The subjects included in this series are: General Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, General Biotechnology, Biopsychology & Neuroscience, Environmental Science, Astronomy, and Chemistry. This series is a open educational resource and available to everyone.

Sumanus Heart Example

Example: Screenshot of the “Blood Flow through the Human Heart” learning object. from the Sumanas Inc. series. Click the image to view the resource.

The suggested NCCCS courses these resources may benefit are:  BIO100, BIO111, BIO112, BIO165, BIO166, BIO168, BIO169, BIO170, BIO175, BIO275,  BIO280, ENV110, EHS115, AST151, CHM080, CHM082, CHM090, and CHM094.

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