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Open eTextbook series now available in the NCLOR


etextbook logoA new eTextbook resource series is now available in the NCLOR. Initially, there are 17 open eTextbooks available in the series, but we will be expanding on the collection in the near future. All of the etexbooks are open and FREE to use. The subjects included in this series are:  business, mathematics, chemistry, psychology, physics, marketing and many others. The majority of the eTextbooks are from the Connexions Repository at Rice University and have been endorsed by the Community College Open Textbook Collaborative.

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The eTextbooks in this series are loaded to the NCLOR in multiple formats which include PDF, ePUB and links to online versions. The PDF versions of the eTextbooks are viewable on any PC and Mac computer and most mobile devices. The ePUB format is specifically designed to be viewed with mobile devices such as tablets and smart phones.  For more information about devices that can read the ePUB format, click here.

Why are Open eTextbooks important? Please view the video below from the Florida’s statewide Orange Grove Repository to find out the importance of open eTextbooks.

The eTextbook titles included in this series and the NCCCS courses the eTextbooks could enrich are:

  • AP Environmental Science (EVN-110)
  • Applied Finite Mathematics (MAT-167)
  • Business Fundamentals (BUS-110)
  • Collaborative Statistics (MAT-151)
  • Concept Development Studies in Chemistry (CHM-081)
  • Educational Psychology (PSY-263)
  • Elementary Algebra (DMA-020, DMA-040,DMA-050, DMA-060, DMA-070, DMA-080)
  • A First Course in Electrical and Computer Engineering (EGR-110)
  • Fundamentals of Mathematics (DMA-020, DMA-030)
  • Project Management for Scientists and Engineers (PMT-110)
  • Three Modules on Clear Writing Style – An Introduction to The Craft of Argument (ENG-090)
  • Introduction to Paleoanthropology (ANT245)
  • Core Concepts of Marketing (MKT-120)
  • Democratizing Innovation
  • Education for a Digital World – Advice, Guidelines, and Effective Practice from Around the Globe (EDU-3005)
  • College Physics (PHY-080)
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC-100)

To access this resource series:

  1. log into the NCLOR  www.explorethelor.org  as guest or through your institution’s learning management system (LMS)
  2. navigate to the Browse by Learning Resource Type area
  3. click on  eBooks.

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

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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.

ReadWriteThink Resource Series Updated


Read Write Think Logo Today, five new interactive resources from ReadWriteThink are now available for use. This K-12 series includes student interactive resources that focus on all aspects of literacy including literature, vocabulary, spelling, writing, and speech. All resources in this series have been reviewed and approved by the ReadWriteThink Advisory Board in partnership with the International Reading Association,the National Council of Teachers of English and the Verizon Foundation.

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The new interactive resources are the Cube Creator, Resume Generator, K-W-L Creator, Line Break Explorer, and Puzzle Me Words. Using these resources you can engage your students in online literacy learning with these interactive tools that help them accomplish a variety of goals—from organizing their thoughts to learning about language—all while having fun.

To access the ReadWriteThink series you can:

  1. log into the NCLOR as a guest or through your institution’s learning management system
  2. navigate to the Browse by Resource Series area
  3. click on the ReadWriteThink series.

Free and Open eTextbooks added to the NCLOR


FWK logoToday,  58 eTextbooks from Flat World Knowledge were added to the NCLOR. Flat World Knowledge (FWK)  is a college textbook publishing company with a mission to use technology and innovative business models to lower costs, increase access and personalize learning worldwide. They  work with successful textbook authors and well-known scholars to create great free textbooks. This open textbook model gives faculty complete control over their content. Students have a choice of low-cost print and digital formats, including a free online reader. FWK etextbook example image

With the FWK online reader you can search or jump to any part of the book using the table of contents. Click on any chapter title or section and head directly there.

Subjects included in this resource series are: Business & Economics, Science, Humanities & Social Sciences, Professional & Applied Sciences, and Mathematics.

The NCCCS courses that could be enhanced by using these resources are: ACA111, ACC120, AIB222, AIB246, BAF110, BUS110, BUS115, BUS125, BUS151, BUS153, BUS240, BUS255, BUS259, CHM081, CHM082, CHM092, CJC111, COE110, COM250, COM3711, CTS115, CTS240, ECO101, ECO251, ECO252, ENG080, ENG111, ETR210, GEO110, INS105, INT210, MAT050, MAT060, MKT120, MKT220, OMT222, POL110, PSY150, and SOC100

To access the series you can do any of the following:

  • Log into the NCLOR and click on “Browse by Resource Series” and then the Flat World Knowledge 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.

Open Learning Initiative Resource Series Added to NCLOR


OLI LogoFourteen courses from the Open Learning Initiative were added to the NCLOR.  The Open Learning Initiative (OLI), based at Carnegie Mellon University, is an open educational resources project that strives to transform instruction, significantly improve learning outcomes and to achieve significant increases in productivity in post secondary education. The Open Learning Initiative is supported by the National Science Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and others.

The topics of the courses include: Biology, Economics, Math, French, Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics. The courses are  exemplars of scientifically based online courses and course materials that enact instruction. The courses are designed based on learning science research.

The list of the courses along with the recommended NCCCS course the resource may enhance are outlined in the chart below.

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 Learning Initiative 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.
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OLI Course List

Open Yale Courses Resource Series Updated


Open Yale Courses Logo The Yale Open Courses Resource Series was updated today with 17 new courses. Open Yale Courses provide free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The new course resources include all video lectures and  course syllabi for the year the courses were offered at the institution. The list of the Yale courses along with the recommended NCCCS course the resource may enhance are outlined in the chart below.

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 Yale Courses 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.
Yale Resource Update Chart

Yale Course Update Chart

ReadWriteThink Resource Series Added to NCLOR


ReadWriteThink’s mission is to provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials. This K-12 series includes 54 student interactive resources that focuses on all aspects of literacy including literature, vocabulary, spelling, writing, and speech. All resources in this series have been reviewed and approved by the ReadWriteThink Advisory Board in partnership with the International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of English and the Verizon Foundation.

To access the ReadWriteThink series you can:

  1. log into the NCLOR or through your institution’s learning management system
  2. navigate to the Browse by Resource Series area
  3. click on the ReadWriteThink 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.
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