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SciShow – Space Video Series added to the OER collection of NCLOR


Today over 400 video space science resources were added to the open educational resources collection from SciShow -Space. SciShow – Space is a video series from a family of science related YouTube channels. They make videos about: science news, history, particle physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, you name it. Their goal is to capture the awesomeness of our bizarre universe and make it easy for everyone to understand and enjoy. This space science video series includes topics like: Aliens, Astronauts, Black Holes, Comets, Dark Matter, Exoplanets, Galaxies and more.

Example: The Truth About Warp Drive,  Hank Green, May 14, 2015

The NCCCS courses that could be enhanced by using these resources are: AST-111 Descriptive Astronomy, AST-151 General Astronomy I

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

Periodic Table of Videos Series Updated within the OER collection of the NCLOR


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This resource series has now been updated to include fixed links that point directly to the YouTube videos. This resource series includes short video clips that explain all 118 elements of the periodic table. This project, devised by Brady Haran a BBC-trained video journalist, who had spent a year filming University of Nottingham scientists at work. The approach was unconventional: no scripts or storyboards, but a passionate desire to appeal to a general audience.

This series is available to everyone in the NCLOR including guests and all videos include closed caption options.

The NCCCS courses that could be enhanced by using these resources are: CHM3001, CHM081, CHM082, CHM090, and  CHM092.

Example: More White Phosphorus – Periodic Table of Videos Published on May 7, 2010

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

 

TED Ed series updated in NCLOR


Today, 331 videos from TED Ed were newly loaded or updated within the Open Educational Resources collection in the NCLOR. TED-Ed is TED’s (Technology, Entertainment and Design) youth and education initiative. Most of the resources made available are TED-Ed Originals and all are streamed from YouTube. These resources are short, award-winning animated videos about ideas that spark the curiosity of learners.

The videos are included in series such as: Animation Basic, Before and After Einstein, Getting Under Our Skin, Mysteries of Vernacular, Out of This World, Reading Between the Lines, and Superhero Science. The subject covered in the series are: Astronomy and astrophysics, Body systems and senses, Communication & Media, Literature, Physics, Simulation and game development, and Vocabulary.

Example: Newton’s 3 Laws, with a bicycle by Joshua Manley, TED Ed Published on Sep 19, 2012

All TED Ed content available in this series is free to use and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License  Creative Commons License.

The NCCCS courses that these resources may supplement are; AST-111 Descriptive Astronomy, BIO-161 Intro to Human Biology, ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry, ENG-251 Western World Literature I , ENG-252 Western World Literature II, GRD-275 Animation I, PHY-101 Fundamentals of Physics I, and  PHY-110 Conceptual Physics.

Accessibility Statement:  All of the videos and/or learning objects in this series are closed captioned or have links to the text version of the video narration on of each activity.

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: TED Ed 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 TED Ed link.
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)

World Science Festival Videos Added to the NCLOR’s OER Collection


Today, over 300 free video resources were added to the open educational resources collection of the NCLOR. The added resources were videos from the World Science Festival YouTube collection. The World Science Festival gathers great minds in science and the arts to produce live and digital content that allows a broad general audience to engage with scientific discoveries. Through discussions, debates, theatrical works, interactive explorations, musical performances, intimate salons, and major outdoor experiences, the Festival takes science out of the laboratory and into the streets, parks, museums, galleries and premier performing arts venues of New York City and beyond.

The World Science Festival is a production of the World Science Foundation, a non-profit organization headquartered in New York City. The Foundation’s mission is to cultivate a general public informed by science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future.

The topics included in this upload are: Biology, Cosmology, Physics, and Technology.

Example: Video “What does it mean for the speed of light to be constant?” World Science Festival , Mar 20, 2015

You can use the World Science Festival videos for free as long as you adhere to the terms of use available here: https://www.worldsciencefestival.com/terms-of-use/

Accessibility Statement:  All of the videos and/or learning objects in this series are closed captioned or have links to the text version of the video narration on of each activity.

The NCCCS courses that these resources may supplement are; ANT230, ANT245, AQU111, AST111, AST151, ATR280, BAS250, BIO130, BIO230, BIO243, BIO250, BIO275, BMT111, CSC211, CTS080, DET113, EDT110, EHS211, ENV255, MSC160, MUS110, NAN111, PHY101, PSG112, and PSY259.

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: World Science Festival or log into the NCLOR and click on the More button on the left menu bar. Then click the Browse by Open Educational Resource Series link and then click the World Science Festival link.
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)

CrashCourse Video Series Added to OER Collection


On May 5th, the CrashCourse educational video series was added to the open educational resources collection within the NCLOR. CrashCourse is a YouTube based educational channel that creates free, high-quality educational videos used by teachers and learners of all kinds. CrashCourse is a educational video series created by John and Hank Green. Over 660 resources were added in the courses of World Mythology, Computer Science, Sociology, Media Literacy, Statistics, Film, History, Biology, Ecology, Chemistry, Psychology, Anatomy & Physiology, Physics, Philosophy, Astronomy, and U.S. Government and Politics. This series has helped changed attitudes towards education by creating a community of learners who are looking for more than just help passing a test. Each course includes animated videos to explain course topics in an easy to understand manner.

Example: Quantum Mechanics – Part 1: Crash Course Physics #43

Accessibility Statement:  All of the videos and/or learning objects in this series are closed captioned or have links to the text version of the video narration on of each activity.

The NCCCS courses that these resources may supplement are; AST111, AST151, AST152, BIO090, BIO145, BIO163, BIO165, BIO166, CHM082, CHM090, CHM092, CSC120, CSC130, FVP111, FVP112, FVP212, FVP213, FVP3100, HEA3002, HIS111, HIS112, MAT152, PHI210, PHI215, PHY110, PHY151, POL120, PSY150, SOC100, and SOC210.

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: CrashCourse or log into the NCLOR and click on the More button on the left menu bar. Then click the Browse by Open Educational Resource Series link and then click the CrashCourse link.
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)

Tufts OpenCourseWare resources added to OER collection


Today, fifty-four resources available from Tufts University’s OpenCourseWare project was added to the NCLOR. Tufts OpenCourseWare is part of an  educational movement initiated by MIT that provides free access to course content for everyone online. Tufts’ course offerings demonstrate the University’s strength in the life sciences in addition to its multidisciplinary approach, international perspective and underlying ethic of service to its local, national and international communities. This series includes a wide variety of course topics but the content focused on human, dental, and veterinary medicine, as well as arts & sciences and engineering.

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Image of Video game development online course home page. (Courtesy of M. Chow, 2009.)

The courses included in this series are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Unported LicenseCreative Commons License

The NCCCS courses that these resources may supplement are; AGR213, ANS3500, ARG110, BIO145, BIO155, BIO250, BIO271, BIO275, CEG111, CIM250, DEN103, DEN104, DEN106, DEN107, DEN230, DLT116, EDU244, ENV120, ENV214, ENV218, ENV220, FSE214, HIT112, HMT212, HTO110, HTO120, HUM160, HUM161, MED138, NUR3252, NUT110, PAD252, PHY101, PHY133, POL220, PTA170, RCP115, SCO213, SGD111, SGD114, SOC220, TRE270, VET122, VET125, VET131,  and VET137.

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: Tufts OpenCourseWare 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 Tufts OpenCourseWare link.
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)

Georgia Virtual Learning Content Added to OER Collection in NCLOR


Today, over 1100 individual learning modules were added to the open educational resources collection within the NCLOR. This series has been made available from the Georgia Department of Education. The Georgia Virtual Learning (GVL) is a large online repository of learning content used for online instruction. The virtual courses included in this series serve a wide array of student learning styles through interactive and engaging learning content that’s designed for best practice and flexibility. The resources included in this series are the “shared” or the open educational resources created for the Georgia Virtual Learning instruction. There are 94 complete courses included in this collection, in subjects such as: Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education, Fine Arts, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences, and World Languages.

The courses were created by Georgia Department of Education faculty. They are organized in modular format (SoftChalk) with audio/video interactive features and built in navigation. Specific attention was paid regarding ADA compliance with the inclusion of closed caption/audio features as well as universal design.

The courses included in this series are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Unported LicenseCreative Commons License

In the NCLOR, the courses are sorted by subject area, course name and then module order. Click a subject area listed below, to view the full list of courses available.

Subjects

Example: “Introduction to Digital Design” – Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education

The NCCCS courses that these resources may supplement are; ACC-125, AIB-110, ART-111, ART-114, ART-115, AST-111, ATR-282, BAF-110, BIO-106, BIO-110, BIO-111, BIO-163, BIO-165, BIO-280, BUS-110, CHM-090, CHM-131, CIS-070, CIS-110, CIS-111, CIS-115, CIS-3100, CJC-111, CJC-251, CJC-5001, CJC-5070, COM-120, DET-112, DMA-030, DME-110, DME-140, ECO-251, EFL-093, ENG-231, ENG-241, ENG-261, ENG-271, ENV-110, ENV-120, FLI-3712, FLI-3714, FLI-3715, FLI-3720, GEL-111, GEO-111, GEO-112, GEO-113, HIS-111, HIS-112, HIS-131, HIS-132, HRD-3008, HUM-130, JOU-110, LAT-111, LAT-112, MAT-110, MAT-121, MAT-122, MAT-171, MAT-271, MKT-227, MUS-110, MUS-121, NUR-3100, PHY-101, PHY-110, PHY-131, PHY-132, POL-120, PSY-150, SGD-112, SGD-3200, SOC-210, SPA-110, WEB-210, and WEB-3000.

Technology Note: Many of the resources in this series use embedded Flash elements within the modules. You should be sure to configure your web browser to accept embedded Flash content.  

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: Georgia Virtual Learning or log into the NCLOR and click on the More button on the left menu bar. Then click the Open Educational Resource Series link and then click the Georgia Virtual Learning link.
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)

TED Ed series added to NCLOR


Today, 240 videos from TED Ed were made available in the Open Educational Resources collection in the NCLOR. TED-Ed is TED’s (Technology, Entertainment and Design) youth and education initiative. Most of the resources made available are TED-Ed Originals. These resources are short, award-winning animated videos about ideas that spark the curiosity of learners. The videos also include quizzes, more detailed information, and a discussion area under the: Think, Dig Deeper, Discuss links respectively. Some of the subjects included in this series are: mathematics, biology, history, literature, and health.

TED-Ed’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world. TED-Ed’s supports learning by producing a growing library of original animated videos , provides an international platform for teachers to create their own interactive lessons, helps curious students around the globe bring TED to their schools and gain presentation literacy skills, celebrates innovative leadership within TED-Ed’s global network of over 250,000 teachers. TED-Ed has grown from an idea worth spreading into an award-winning education platform that serves millions of teachers and students around the world every week.” – Source About TED Ed, (https://ed.ted.com/about)

 

Example: “Do schools kill creativity?”, Sir Ken Robinson, February 2006 at TED2006

All TED Ed content available in this series is free to use and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License  Creative Commons License.

The NCCCS courses that these resources may supplement are; ANT220, ANT230, ART111, ART114, ART115, BIO094, BIO110, BIO120, BIO230, BUS225, CHM090, CJC111, CJC231, CUL150, DAN110, EGR110, EMS3000, ENG101, ENG131, ENV120, HIS111, HIS112, HIS115, HIS132, HIS145, HIS211, HIS212, HIS221, HPT3100, HUM120, MAT141, MAT3713, MSC160, MSC172, MUS110, PHI210, PHI215, PHM265, PHY101, POL110, PSY101, and REL110.

Accessibility Statement:  All of the videos and/or learning objects in this series are closed captioned or have links to the text version of the video narration on of each activity.

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: TED Ed 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 TED Ed link.
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)

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)

New Science and Math eBooks from Siyavula added to NCLOR


siyavula-logo-tiny Today, 14 new open textbooks (eBooks) from Siyavula Education were added to the open educational resources collection in the NCLOR. Siyavula Education is South African based organization dedicated to creating and enabling engaging, integrated, high-quality learning experiences in Mathematics and the Sciences for learners and teachers in South Africa and globally. The set of 14 textbooks are completely open and free to use. All resources are Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported licensed.

The subjects covered in this resource series are: Earth science, Physics, Chemistry, Biological and life sciences, Algebra, Trigonometry, Statistics, Probability, and Math literacy.

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Image: Siyavula Physical Sciences Grade 12, Textbook Cover

The list below is complete listing of textbook added:

  • Natural Sciences and Technology Grade 4,5,6 – Open Textbooks (3 resources)
  • Natural Sciences Grade 7,8,9 – Open Textbooks (3 resources)
  • Physical Sciences Grade 10,11,12 – Open Textbooks (3 resources)
  • Life Sciences Grade 10 – Open Textbook (1 resource)
  • Mathematics Grade 10,11,12 – Open Textbooks (3 resources)
  • Mathematical literacy Grade 10 – Open Textbook (1 resource)

The NCCCS courses that these resource may supplement are: PHY101, CHM090, CHM094, MAT121, DMA065, MAT3713, and MAT110.

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 Siyavula Education.
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)
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