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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)

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.

Cambridge University Video Series Added to the NCLOR


cambridge-university-logoToday, seventy-five 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, a collection of short films in which top researchers reveal some of their latest findings and discuss subjects ranging from energy to disappearing languages, and policing the streets to the future of robotics.

The topics included in this series are:

  • Cambridge Shorts – short films from top researchers at Cambridge
  • Lines of Thought – Discoveries that Changed the World – videos from the Cambridge Library
  • Nano-materials Up Close – images from a electron microscope
  • Under the Microscopevideos that capture glimpses of the natural and man-made world in stunning close-up
  • Engineering – department of engineering based videos at University of Cambridge
  • Law – videos relating to law at the University of Cambridge.

Example: Airflow across a wing engineering video – University of Cambridge

The NCCCS courses that these resource may supplement are: INT230, LEX240, CCT231, LEX160, OST149, BIO106, NAN111, EGR150, EGR230, EGR220, CJC131, AER113, ATR282, LEX110, and CMT218.

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)

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)

NC Dept. of Cultural Resources Collection added to NCLOR


North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources logoThe North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources has added a large collection of its educational resources to the NCLOR. Topics included in this collection are: Agriculture, Anthropology, Architecture, Business, Civics, Cultural studies, Government, Journalism, Literature, Performing arts, Public health, Religion, Sociology, State history, Transportation, and Visual arts. There are over 2100+ resources available in this collection.

Pioneers in Aviation Screen Shot

Collection Example: “Pioneers in Aviation” from the NC State Archives.

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

Intelecom Resource Series Added to the Repository


Intelecom LogoThe INTELECOM Online Resources Network is a hosted and supported digital repository and subscription database of academic video clips – streamed on demand – for use in support of online, hybrid and face-to-face classes. The NCLOR staff has recently added 17 free videos representing a sample of the INTELECOM content collection. The subjects included in this series are: Adult Basic Education, Anatomy & Physiology, Biological Sciences, Business, Environmental Studies, Health, History, Mathematics, Nursing, Oceanography, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.

Series Example: “DNA Structure and Replication”, BioMEDIA ASSOCIATES

 DNA Structure and Replication Example

Series Example: DNA Structure and Replication – How Cells Reproduce, BioMEDIA ASSOCIATES

The suggested NCCCS courses these resources may benefit are: BTC270, BIO150, BIO250, MSC160, PHS130,EVN110, EDT110, CHM081, CHM082, CHM090, CHM092, SGD3200, CET242,SOC210, POL220, PHI210, PHI215, NUR133, HRD3001, HRD3004, DMA040, DMA070, HEA110, ECO101,HIS131, HIS237 EGY2002, ENV214, WAT150, WAT110, BUS153, and BUS110.

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

Khan Academy Resource Series Updated in NCLOR


khan logoThe NCLOR’s  Khan Academy Resource Series was updated with over 2,500 new video tutorial resources, with a total resource count to over 4,500. This open educational resource series has now been promoted to a collection. All of the videos available from Khan Academy are now available within the NCLOR. Many of the videos have been tagged to a NCCCS combined course library course number.  The disciplines covered in this collection include: Economics and Finance, Humanities, Math, and Science. Each discipline can be sorted by subject, topic or sub-topic.

The Khan Academy is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation award winning not-for-profit organization with the goal of changing education for the better. Each video in this series is a digestible chunk of information, approximately 10 minutes long, closed captioned, and especially purposed for viewing on the computer.

IMPORTANT NOTE: As a result of a site redesign at Khan Academy, new resource urls were created. This means the old Khan Academy resources have been archived in the system and will soon be deleted. Please update any of your Khan Academy links with these new versions.

To access the Khan Academy 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 Khan Academy series.
  4. or just click here Khan Academy Resource Series

SBCTC Open Course Library Phase II Courses added to NCLOR


SBCTC logo

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) has updated the Open Course Library, which is a collection of expertly developed educational materials for 81 of the state’s highest-enrolled college courses. The materials 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 update  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. Some courses have content available via Google Docs which enables users to download the course resources directly to their Google account.

All of the course titles included in this series are:

American Government, American Literature I, American Sign Language I, American Sign Language II, American Sign Language III, Art Appreciation, Biology I, Biology II, Biology III, Business Calculus, Business Law, Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III, College Success Course, Cultural Anthropology, Elementary Algebra, Engineering Physics I, English Composition I, English Composition II, French I, French II, French III, General Biology with Lab, General Chemistry with Lab I, General Chemistry with Lab II, General Chemistry with Lab III, General Psychology, Health for Adult Living, Human Anatomy and Physiology 1&2, Intermediate Algebra, Interpersonal Communication, Intro to Communication, Intro to Drama, Intro to Humanities, Intro to Mass Media, Intro to Political Science, Intro to Sociology, Introduction To Astronomy, Introduction To Business, Introduction to Chemistry (Inorganic), Introduction To Literature I, Introduction To Logic, Introduction To Oceanography, Introduction To Philosophy, Introduction to Physical Geology, Introduction to Statistics, Lifespan Psychology, Macroeconomics, Math in Society, Microbiology, Microeconomics, Music Appreciation, Nutrition, Pacific NW History, Physical Anthropology, Physics: Non Science Majors, Precalculus I, Precalculus II, Pre-College English, Principles of Accounting I, Principles of Accounting II, Principles of Accounting III, Public Speaking, Research for the 21st Century, Small Group Communication, Social Problems, Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Survey of Anthropology, Survey of Biology, Survey of Environmental Science, Symbolic Logic, Technical Writing, US History I, US History II, US History III, Western Civilization, Women in US History, and World Civilizations I.

Creative Commons License
This content is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported 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:

ACC111, ACC115, ACC118, ACC119, ACC120, ACC221, ACC3107, ANT210, ANT220, ANT230, ART111, ASL111, ASL112, ASL211, ASL221, ASL222, AST151, BIO100, BIO106, BIO110, BIO111, BIO112, BIO155, BIO160, BIO163, BUS110, BUS115, BUS116, BUS121, CHM115A, CHM121A, CHM131, CHM131A, CHM151, COM110, COM120, COM150, COM160, COM231, COM3709, ECO251, ECO252, EGR150, EGR220, ENG090, ENG110, ENG111, ENG116, ENG131, ENG132, ENG138, ENG231, ENV110, FLI3714, FLI3717, FRE111, FRE112, FRE211, FRE212, FRE221, GEL120, HEA110, HIS111, HIS121, HIS122, HIS131, HIS132, HIS162, HIS165, HIS232, HUM211, LIB210, MAT070, MAT080, MAT101, MAT151, MAT171, MAT172, MAT210, MAT223, MAT271, MAT272, MAT273, MSC160, MUS110, PHI210, PHI216, PHI230, PHY080, PHY090, POL110, POL120, PSY110, PSY150, SOC210, SOC220, SPA110, SPA111, SPA211, SPA212, SPA241,and SPA242.

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.

Notre Dame University OpenCourseWare added to the NCLOR


University of Notre Dame LogoToday, fifty new courses from the Notre Dame University OpenCourseWare were added to the NCLOR. The Notre Dame OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a free and open digital publication of course materials. By offering free, high-quality course materials to the world, OCW strives to overcome the barriers geography, economics, age and language present to the spread of knowledge.

ND OCW Homepage

This is a screenshot of the Notre Dame University OpenCourseWare website at http://ocw.nd.edu/.

The courses included in this resource series have links to lessons, assignments, exams, and additional resources. There are IMS package links in every course in order to download the complete course at one time. The subjects included are: Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Africana Studies, Anthropology, Arabic and Middle East Studies, Architecture, Center for Social Concerns, Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences, Classics, Computer Applications, English, History, Latino Studies, Mathematics, Peace Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Poverty Studies, Sociology, Theology, and University Writing Program.

This is an Open Educational Resource series and you can access this resource series by:

  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 Notre Dame University OpenCourseWare series.

NC School of Science and Math Adds 500+ New Resources to NCLOR


NCSSM Logo The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics has added over 500 new learning resources to their resource series in the NCLOR. The topics included in this installment of resources are: Algebra, Calculus, Chemistry, History, Physics, Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry,  and Statistics. The format of the new resources are videos, animations and documents. The resources included this addition are the very ones used in the NCSSM Online program.

Atmospheric Pressure

Image from the Atmospheric Pressure animation from the Chemistry "CORE" collection of NCSSM.

This series is available to everyone in the NCLOR including guests.

The NCCCS courses that could be enhanced by using these resources are: CHM081, CHM082, CHM092, CHM131, MAT121, MAT122, MAT151, MAT162, MAT171, MAT172, MAT175, MAT271, HIS131, PHY080, PHY090, PHY101, and PHY102.

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 NC School of Science and Mathematics 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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