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SBCTC Open Course Library Courses added to NCLOR


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The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) has created the Open Course Library, which is a collection of expertly developed educational materials for 42 of the state’s highest-enrolled college courses. The materials cost $30 or less per student and 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 resource series 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.

IMS Common Cartridge files are usually loaded to the LMS by the system administrator but you can view the course content by entering the WashingtonOnline (WAOL) system with the guest account here: https://sites.google.com/a/sbctc.edu/opencourselibrary/courses/phase-1-courses

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This content is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 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: ACC119 ,ACC120 , ACC3107 ,ACC111 ,ACC115 ,ACC118 , ANT220 , ANT230 , ART111 ,BIO106 ,BIO163 ,BIO111.BUS110 ,CHM131 ,CHM151 ,COM231 ,ECO251 ,ECO252 ,EGR150 ,EGR220 ,ENG110 ,ENG090 ,ENG111 ,ENG116 ,ENG131 ,ENG138 ,GEL120 ,HIS131 ,HIS132 ,HIS232 ,HIS165 ,LIB210 ,MAT080 ,MAT070 ,MAT151 ,MAT171 ,MAT172 ,MAT271 ,MAT272 ,MAT273 ,MSC160 ,MUS110 ,PHI210 ,PHI216 ,PHI230 ,PSY110 ,and PSY150.

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.

History Animated Resource Series updated in NCLOR


History Animated Logo The History Animated resource series was updated with 6 new animations. This collection is a series of   depictions of the key naval and land battles using animation technology. The new animations include 4 on The War of 1812 , 1 on The Mexican American War, and 1 animation about the road to the Civil War.

The NCCCS courses that could be enhanced by using these resources are: HIS131, HIS132, HIS145, HIS216,HIS228.

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 History Animated (Military History) 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.

Black History Month Resource Series Added to NCLOR


Harriet Tubman, Image from the Library of Congress

Harriet Tubman, Image from the Library of Congress

In honor of Black History Month, the NCLOR has created this resource series to help faculty teach African-American history. The theme for 2012 is “Black Women in American Culture and History”. This February take the opportunity to discover the great leadership and heroism of African-American woman in our county’s history including: Phillis Wheatley, Ida B. Wells, Harriet Tubman, and Rosa Parks. You can find many resources related to exceptional women black women as well as other black history topics.

To access this series, you can do any of the following:

  • 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.

Open Yale Courses Resource Series Updated


Open Yale Courses Logo The Yale Open Courses Resource Series was updated today with 17 new courses. Open Yale Courses provide free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The new course resources include all video lectures and  course syllabi for the year the courses were offered at the institution. The list of the Yale 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 Yale Courses 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.
Yale Resource Update Chart

Yale Course Update Chart

Khan Academy Resource Series Updated in NCLOR


khan logoThe NCLOR’s  Khan Academy Resource Series was updated with over 300 new humanities video tutorial resources. The History, Art History, and American Civics subject areas have been added to this great series.  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.

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.

History Animated Resource Series Updated


Nine new animations were added to the History Animated resource series. Of the newly added animations, six relate to World War II  battles in Europe including  Rommel’s battles in North Africa. The Battle of Monmouth and the French and Indian War animations were additions to the Revolutionary War series and the Battle of Wilson’s Creek is the new addition to the Civil War series.

The History Animated resource series is open to everyone including guests.

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 History Animated (Military History) 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.

History Animated Resource Series added to the NCLOR.


History Animated is a 50 item collection of depictions of the key naval and land battles in WWII (Pacific Battles), US Civil War and the US Revolution using animation technology. These animations can be used in many ways by  providing students with something different than just reading about a battle. The animation are great discussion starters on why a battle happened the way it did.

You can access the this series by logging into the NCLOR and clicking on Browse by Resource Series and then History Animated (Military History). You will be able to sort the items by WWII (Pacific Battles), US Civil War and the US Revolution.

NROC online


We are happy to report that NROC lessons and topics, over 4,900 items, are now available to community colleges throughout North Carolina.  NROC materials cover:

Algebra, Algebra (Spanish), American Government, Biology, Calculus, Calculus (Spanish), Environmental Science, Physics, Psychology, Religion, Statistics, and US History.

NROC purchase


The NCLOR recently acquired the 2,500+ object NROC collection.  We are in the process of collecting and structuring the metadata for upload to the NCLOR.  Further announcements will be forthcoming.

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