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Python Programming Resources Added to NCLOR OER Collection


Today, ninety-two resources from Pythonlearn.org were added to the OER collection of the NCLOR. These resources are a set of generic Python Learning Resources to allow self-paced learning of the Python language. The materials from the site are collected from several courses at the University of Michigan. The instructor for this course is Chuck Severance of the University of Michigan. This content covers both 2.x and 3.x versions of Python. The content includes two open courses that cover many programming topics some of which include the following topics: Functions, Loops, Strings, Files, Lists, Dictionaries, Tuples and Using Web Services.

The two courses available are:

Example: Python for Informatics: Chapter 2 – Expressions Video, Chuck Severance. Jan 15, 2013

Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

The NCCCS courses that these resources may supplement are; CSC-121 Python Programming and CSC-122 Python  Application Development.

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: Pythonlearn.org.
  • Also you may log into the NCLOR and click on the More button on the left menu bar. Then click the Resource Series link and click the series of your choice.
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)

CrashCourse Video Series Added to OER Collection


On May 5th, the CrashCourse educational video series was added to the open educational resources collection within the NCLOR. CrashCourse is a YouTube based educational channel that creates free, high-quality educational videos used by teachers and learners of all kinds. CrashCourse is a educational video series created by John and Hank Green. Over 660 resources were added in the courses of World Mythology, Computer Science, Sociology, Media Literacy, Statistics, Film, History, Biology, Ecology, Chemistry, Psychology, Anatomy & Physiology, Physics, Philosophy, Astronomy, and U.S. Government and Politics. This series has helped changed attitudes towards education by creating a community of learners who are looking for more than just help passing a test. Each course includes animated videos to explain course topics in an easy to understand manner.

Example: Quantum Mechanics – Part 1: Crash Course Physics #43

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.

The NCCCS courses that these resources may supplement are; AST111, AST151, AST152, BIO090, BIO145, BIO163, BIO165, BIO166, CHM082, CHM090, CHM092, CSC120, CSC130, FVP111, FVP112, FVP212, FVP213, FVP3100, HEA3002, HIS111, HIS112, MAT152, PHI210, PHI215, PHY110, PHY151, POL120, PSY150, SOC100, and SOC210.

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: CrashCourse or log into the NCLOR and click on the More button on the left menu bar. Then click the Browse by Open Educational Resource Series link and then click the CrashCourse link.
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)

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)

New Digital Literacy Series Added to NCLOR


digitallearn.org logo Today, 92 new digital literacy resources were made available in the NCLOR’s Open Educational Resource collection. This new series contains content from the Public Library Association’s website “DigitalLearn.org”.   DigitalLearn.org is an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant-funded project to create an online hub for digital literacy support and training. Included in this series is a collection of self-directed tutorials for end-users to increase their digital literacy, and a community of practice for digital literacy trainers to share resources, tools, and best practices. For user convenience, the resources available from this series have been organized by DigitalLearn.org: course topics, courses, and activity modules within the NCLOR.

All DigitalLearn.org content available in this series is free to use and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported LicenseCreative Commons License

The following list is an outline of the new content in order of topic name, course name, and the number of activity modules in each course.

  • Being Productive – Cloud Storage (4), Microsoft Word (5)
  • Being Safe Online – Accounts & Passwords (3), Internet Privacy (4), Online Scams (4)
  • Connecting with Others -Intro to Facebook (6), Intro to Skype (6)
  • Job Skills – Creating Resumes (4), Online Job Searching (6)
  • Online Shopping – Buying a Plane Ticket (4)
  • Operating Systems – Using a Mac (OS X) (6), Using a PC (Windows 10) (6), Using a PC (Windows 7) (7)
  • Searching the Internet – Basic Search (4)
  • Using Computers – Getting Started on a Computer (4), Why Use a Computer? (3)
  • Using Email – Intro to Email (6), Intro to Email 2: Beyond the Basics (7)
  • Website Navigation – Navigating a Website (3)

Figure #1 is annotated screen capture of an example learning object available within this series. The layout of important screen features for each activity module have been noted for your reference.

Learning Object Example: What is Windows 10, from the “Using a PC (Windows 10)” course by Jenny Rathmell of Kixal

Image of Using Windows 10 course page with callout boxes

Figure #1: Image of “Using Windows 10” course page with callout boxes pointing to: the course progress bar in the upper right of the screen, the course navigation area in the lower left of the screen, the module activity display area in the center, and the links to narration text PDF files in the lower right of the screen.

The NCCCS courses that these resources may supplement are; CIS110, CIS111, CIS113, CIS3100, OST136, and OST145.

Accessibility Statement:  All of the videos and/or learning objects in this series have links to the text version of the video narration at the bottom of each module activity. You may also download the text narrations for all Digitallearn courses from the: DigitalLearn Text Narration for All Courses  NCLOR resource.

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: DigitalLearn – Public Library Association 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 DigitalLearn – Public Library Association link.
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)

Khan Academy Series Updated w/ Computer Sci, History & Grammar content


khan logoThe NCLOR’s  Khan Academy resource series has been updated with 94 new video tutorial resources.  All of the videos available from Khan Academy are now available in a tutorial-based format with built in navigation. Many of the resources have been tagged to an NCCCS combined course library course number.  The disciplines covered in this collection update include Computer Science, U.S. History, and Grammar.  Each discipline can be sorted by subject and topic.

Each tutorial in this series is a digestible chunk of information, approximately 10 minutes long, closed captioned, and especially purposed for viewing on the computer.

Some of the topics covered in the tutorials are:

  • Computer Science – Algorithms, Cryptography, Information theory, the Internet
  • U.S. History – Colonial America, Pre-revolution, Early republic, Civil War …more
  • Grammar – Nouns, Verbs, Pronouns, Preposition, Conjunctions …more

Example: “What is the Internet”,  Jun 27, 2016, Khan Academy by Code.org

The NCCCS courses that these resources may supplement are; COM150, CSC120, CSC130, CSC230, CSC249, EFL081, EFL082, EFL083, EFL084, ENG110, ENG138, ENG138, HIS131, HIS132, NET111, SEC150, SEC3100, and WEB110.

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 Khan Academy.
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)
  • or just click  Khan Academy Resource Series to view the content as an NCLOR guest user.
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