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Three New Open e-Textbooks Series Added to the NCLOR OER Collection

Today, fifty-one new open e-textbooks were added to the open educational resources collection available within the NCLOR. The e-textbooks have been created by The University of Wisconsin, The University of Minnesota, and Oregon State University. The textbooks were created under a creative commons license and are free and open to use.

The subject included in this addition are: Accounting, Biochemistry and molecular biology, Biological and life sciences, Business administration, Change management, Climatology, Communication & Media, Cultural studies, Economics, Educational technology, Finance, Fisheries and wildlife sciences, Geography , Geology, Government, Human relations, Human resources, Information systems, Law, Linear Algebra, Marketing, Materials science, Organizational development, Physiology, Psychology, Social science, Sustainable agriculture, Technology and civilization, Web technologies, and Writing. 

The University of Minnesota collection of Open Textbook collection states its mission as “promoting access to higher education and collaborating to advance knowledge benefiting communities, the state, and world.”

The some of open textbooks available from The University of Minnesota are:

The Open Oregon State collection is an part of OSU’s open educational resource initiative.

The some of open textbooks available from Open Oregon State are:

University of Wisconsin – Madison has made small set of open textbook available for use.

The some of open textbooks available from University of Wisconsin – Madison are:

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The works listed above are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Unported License.

The NCCCS courses that these resources may supplement are; ACA-111, ACC-120, AGR-139, AGR-300, BIO-165, BIO-175, BUS-110, BUS-137, BUS-153, BUS-237, BUS-255, BUS-260, CHM-130, CJC-131, COM-150, CSC-211, ECO-151, ECO-252, EDU-271, ENG-011, FWL-142, GEL-120, GEO-111, GEO-130, GIS-121, LIB-112, MAT-280, MEC-265, MKT-120, POL-120, PSY-150, PSY-237, SOC-210, and WEB-210.

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


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  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.

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.
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