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NCLOR and SoftChalk Integration


SoftChalk, the very popular learning module creation software, is releasing it’s new 7.o version this month. The NCLOR staff know that this application is widely used and wants take this opportunity to remind users that they can directly integrate resources loaded in  NCLOR with their SoftChalk application. Therefore,  if you wish to take advantage of the great learning resources already available in the NCLOR, you should add the NCLOR as a repository in your SoftChalk application.

Want to know how to add the NCLOR as a repository in SoftChalk?

Review this tutorial for step-by-step instructions:

Important Notes:  The following conditions must be met in order for the resources to be viewed from your SoftChalk project:

  1. You must have a NCLOR account for the main interface to use the SoftChalk integration.
  2. Only NCLOR resources available to guests can be imported to SoftChalk projects.
  3. SoftChalk will only link to resource summary pages in the NCLOR and not directly to resource attachments.

VLC Webinar Series Added to NCLOR


Six Virtual Learning Community webinars were added to the NC Community College collection this week. This series consists of links to the archives of the webinars as they were given in April of 2011.   The topics covered in this series were: Exploring the NCLOR, Using VLC Courses, Using Rubrics, Creating Quality Online Courses, Writing Measurable Outcomes and Understanding SACS & Student Learning Outcomes. Each webinar is approximately 40 minutes in duration and uses the Adobe Connect player in the web browser.

This webinar series is only available to the North Carolina community college faculty and staff.

The NCCCS faculty and staff can access this series by logging in the NCLOR directly or through their college’s learning management system and enter “VLC Webinar” in the basic search field.

Integration of NCLOR with Softchalk


It is now possible to add the NCLOR as a repository in Softchalk 5 & 6.  Many NCCCS colleges are already using Softchalk but in case you are unfamiliar with it. Softchalk is a powerful web lesson editor that lets you easily create engaging, interactive web lessons for your e-learning classroom. It has the ability to add media directly from learning object repositories.  The following video tutorial will demonstrate how to  add the NCLOR as a media source repository in Softchalk.

Important Notes:

  1. You must have a NCLOR contributor account for the main interface in order to use the Softchalk integration.
  2. Only items available to guest can be imported to Softchalk projects.
  3. Softchalk will only link to item summary pages in the NCLOR.

Academic Conference Presentations added to the NCLOR


The Academic Conference Presentations resource series has been added to the NCLOR. This series will include presentations from the different education conferences held in North Carolina. The first conference to be included in this series is the North Carolina Community College Association of Distance Learning (NC3ADL) conference. For the NC3ADL conference, you will find 26 of the presentations given in November, 2010. The presentations could be in PowerPoint or PDF formats and may include handouts given out at each session. We hope that this series will grow and become the standard archiving choice for all educational related conferences in North Carolina.

To access this resource series:

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

New SREB Web 2.0 Resource Series Added to the NCLOR


As part of the SREB State Virtual Schools Alliance in partnership with the AT&T Foundation, a list of New Media/Web 2.0 Tools has been prepared especially for SREB and online teachers by Chris O’Neal, Faculty Associate for the George Lucas Educational Foundation. This list provides practical explanations and examples of numerous new media tools that have direct applicability for teachers. Most resources are intended to be used by students, primarily in an online environment. Some are geared more toward teacher productivity.

In both cases, the intent is to focus on learning applications for new media tools. As with any Internet resource, it is critical that teachers practice discretion when deciding which sites are appropriate for their grade level and content area. All of the sites and tools listed are free or have a free version for educators.

These resources have now been added to NCLOR and you can access the resources by using the browse by Resource Series or simply by searching on the term “SREB” from the LMSs or from the main NCLOR interface.

As part of the SREB State Virtual Schools Alliance in partnership with the AT&T Foundation, a list of New Media/Web 2.0 Tools has been prepared especially for SREB and online teachers by Chris O’Neal, Faculty Associate for the George Lucas Educational Foundation.
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