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NC School of Science and Math Adds New Calculus Videos to NCLOR


NCSSM Calculus Video Example

NCSSM Calculus Video Example

NCSSM Logo The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics has added 46 new math videos to their resource series. The additions cover a range of topics in Calculus. Some of the topics covered in this series are:  Modeling, Functions, Applications of Derivatives and Sequences & Series…and more.

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

The NCCCS courses that could be enhanced by using these resources are: MAT172, MAT271, MAT272, and MAT273.

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.

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.
OLI Course List Chart

OLI Course List

NC BioNetwork Collection Updated


NC BioNetwork LogoSix new learning resources have been added to the NC BioNetwork collection of the NCLOR. The newly added resources included in this addition are: Performance Verification of an Analytical Balance (video), Strawberry DNA Extraction (video), pH Meter Calibration (video), Manufacturing Safety & Awareness (tutorial), Preparing for the Professional Interview (tutorial) and the VINSIM – Virtual Vineyard (Simulation). These new resources join the other 53 outstanding resource also included in the NC BioNetwork collection.

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 BioNetwork 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.

Football & Fast Cars: National Science Foundation Resource Series


National Science Foundation LogoA new resource series from the National Science Foundation is now available in the NCLOR. This series initially  includes two video collections of the Science of NFL Football® and the Science of Speed (NASCAR)®. These video series explores the science behind two of America’s most popular sporting events.

Science of NFL Football LogoSummary: NBC News’ educational arm, NBC Learn, has teamed up with NSF and the National Football League® to release the “Science of NFL Football®”–an informative 10-part video series that explores the science behind America’s most beloved sport.
Accessibility: Closed Captioned Instructional Materials: Lesson Plan available for each episode.

Science of Speed LogoSummary: You can’t win NASCAR® races without getting the science right. NSF has partnered with NASCAR® in the production of the “Science of Speed”, a fast-paced 12-part video series that explains the scientific principles that are so essential to the NASCAR® experience. Accessibility: Closed Captioned

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 National Science Foundation 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.

Khan Academy Resource Series Added to NCLOR


The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere. This series includes over 1600 mathbiology, chemistry, finance, physics, and history videos tutorials. Each video is a digestible chunk, approximately 10 minutes long, and especially purposed for viewing on the computer.

This material is directly suited for supplementing standard lesson activities and gives the student the opportunity to review complicated procedures many times.

Bill Gates calls the Khan Academy “the future of education”.

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.

PhET Interactive Simulations Added to NCLOR


PhET LogoThis resource series is a free and open collection made available by the PhET Interactive Simulations Project at the University of Colorado. This STEM related resource series was added to the NCLOR as a direct result of faculty interests  according to last summers NCCCS faculty resource poll. The  subject area Physics is the main focus of this series but other subjects included are Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science and Math.

The PhET is a National Science Foundation sponsored project and all of the simulations have been extensively researched and evaluated. They are written in Java and Flash, and can be run using a standard web browser as long as Flash and Java are installed. Each simulation in the series has a link to corresponding teacher contributed activities.

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 PhET Interactive Simulations series.

Math Open Reference Added as Resource Series in the NCLOR


In the Math Open Reference resource series, you will find geometry resources that include interactive animations explaining a variety of geometry topics. The goal of Math Open Reference is to provide high-quality math content free of charge to the end user, and provide numerous benefits over paper textbooks.  Some of the geometry topics included in this series are angles, parallel lines, triangles and quadrilaterals.

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 Math Open Reference series.

Harvard University Open Learning Initiative Resource Series Added to the NCLOR


The Harvard University Extension School’s Open Learning Initiative resource series includes 8 noncredit courses featuring Harvard faculty. This 194 item series is comprised of courses in disciplines such as: the classics, English, computer science, mathematics and history. All courses include lecture videos but some may include links to lecture notes and/or problem sets.

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 Harvard Open Learning Initiative series.

New STEM related Resource Series from Wisc-Online added to the NCLOR


A new science, technology, engineering and math related resource series from Wisc-Online has been added to the NCLOR. Over 1000 learning objects  that include subjects ranging from Anatomy and Physiology to Technical Physics are available in this series. There is also a large collection of Health related learning objects as well. The learning objects in this series have been designed and developed by a team of instructional designers, editors, technicians, and student interns from the Wisconsin Technical College System.

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 Wisc-Online series.
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