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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)

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.

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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.

Dallas Learning Solutions series available from NROC


Dallas Learning Solution LogoThe Dallas Learning Solutions resources for: Sociology, General Business, U.S. History Before 1877, U.S. History Since 1877, and English Composition are now available in the NROC collection. Dallas Learning Solutions, formerly Dallas TeleLearning, part of the Dallas County Community College District, has been providing distance learning courses since 1972. Their dynamic content – including video and activities – features some of the most prominent voices in education from colleges and universities around the globe. Some of the topics included in this series are: Sociological Perspectives, Introducing Business, Exploring e-Business, Reconstructing the Nation, The Elements of Argument, and Refining a Thesis. The resources include videos and assessment material for each subject.

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Example Activity: The American Revolution: Advantages and Disadvantages, Part 1 (screenshot)

Accessing Content: To find this content you can do any of the following:

  •     Search by free text for: “Dallas Learning Solutions”
  •     Browse by NROC resource series: Navigate to the Browse by Resource Series area> click on the National Repository of Online Courses series> Subject Area> US History or Economics or Sociology

Important Note: Due to NROC license agreement this series is only available to NCCCS Faculty.

SBCTC Open Course Library Phase II Courses added to NCLOR


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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.

Nation Science Foundation Resources Updated in NCLOR


National Science FoundationThe National Science Foundation collection is now updated in the NCLOR to include 206 new videos. The National Science Foundation, along with its partners at NBC Learn and CBS News, have created a digital collection of science, technology and engineering related videos. The video series included in this collection are:  Chalk Talk, Changing Planet, Chemistry Now, Green Revolution, Innovation Nation, Profiles of Scientists and Engineers, Road to the New Energy Economy, Science Behind the New, Science Nation, Science in Motion, and The Science of the Summer Olympics.

These new video series join The Science of NFL Football, The Science of NHL Hockey, The Science of Speed (NASCAR), and The Science of the Olympic Winter Games series which were previously made available in the NCLOR.

Science of Summer Olympics

Collection Example: Science of the Summer Olympics: The Biomechanics of Usain Bolt, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt holds the World and Olympic records for the fastest time in the 100-meter sprint. Bolt’s stride, strength, and muscle coordination make him not just a biomechanical marvel, but also a gold medal winner at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The subjects included in this collection update are: Agricultural and Natural Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Computer Science, Education, Engineering, Health Medical Sciences, Information Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The NCCCS courses that could be enriched by using these resource are: ANT210, BIO130, CHM080, CHM082, CHM3001, CTS287, EDU271, EGR110, ENV110,ENV120, ENV230, FOR171, MSC160, MSC172, MUS110, PHY080, PHY090, SOC210, SOC220, SST110, and SST140.

Accessibility Statement:  All of the videos in this collection are closed captioned or have links to the text version of the video narration.

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 National Science Foundation series.

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.

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.

Princeton University Video Lecture Series Added to NCLOR


Princeton University LogoToday, 40 new video lectures were added to the NCLOR from Princeton University. These resources are video captures of their famous public lecture series and include lectures  given by Tom Brokaw, Noam Chomsky, Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, and Dr. Cornel West just to name a few. The subjects included in this series are broad and include: Political Science, Finance, Biology, Literature, Religion, and Physics.

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 Princeton University Lecture 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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