Archive for December, 2009
NC ExpLORe is North Carolina’s learning object repository. Simply stated, a learning object is a re-usable piece of content that meets a learning objective. A learning object can be a learning module, an audio or video clip, a simulation, an assessment, or other course content.
Instructors can locate content for courses by searching NC Explore, and then integrate the learning objects into online courses. Sharing and reusing content saves time and expands the amount of resources available. Also, these items can be adapted, if necessary.
To get started with NC ExpLORe, create an account or login as a guest to browse available learning objects. You can also create and contribute some of your own!
Blackboard Getting Started
This workshop will cover the very basics of Blackboard and online course design. It will provide you with just enough information to get started developing or editing your course.
When: Monday, December 21, 2009, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Where: L-210 Technology Training Center
Prerequisites: Completion of Bb 101 online, basic computing skills
Contact: Liz Stover, Instructional Technologist / S200-E / 910-362-7722 / email@example.com
As an online or hybrid instructor, you are always looking for interesting and effective course content. NC LIVE is a statewide collaborative that offers you and your students access to more than 50,000 articles, e-books, and streaming videos.
This service is free to use for members of the North Carolina Community College System, University of North Carolina System, or public libraries of North Carolina. If you or your students access the site off campus, simply insert your CFCC username and password to gain access.
As of December 14, NC LIVE has added 379 new eBooks through MyiLibrary, covering subjects such as medicine, history, project management, and language learning. Other eBook resources include NetLibrary, Literary Reference Center, Learning Express Library, ABC-CLIO E-book Collection, and OAIster.
NC LIVE offers a wide range of video subjects, including history, the arts, business, and science. Many of the videos have close captioning available, providing an accessible format for users who are hearing impaired. Also, users can select video quality, depending on their Internet connection, providing access for students with slower connections.
The Learning Resource Center at CFCC has helpful guides to assist you with locating content at NC LIVE. If you get stuck, NC LIVE offers live chat help, so take advantage of this great resource to make your courses come to life.
Distance Learning is offering another Blackboard Getting Started training in L-210 (Technology Learning Center in the Library) on December 17 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
If you will be teaching online (hybrid or fully online) and have not attended Blackboard Getting Started training, please mark your calendar as the spring semester is quickly approaching. Contact Liz Stover by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 910-362-7722 with any questions.
When considering textbooks for your courses, you might take a look resources offered by the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources. The goal of the consortium is for educators to pool their expertise to create resources for community college students and faculty.
Community College Open Textbook Collaborative offers a growing selection of subjects suitable for community colleges. Textbooks submitted must follow guidelines regarding copyright, formatting and accessibility. Textbooks are peer-reviewed; the Peer Reviews section will identify the results of reviews. Books are rated for clarity and comprehension, readability, consistency, appropriateness, interface, content usefulness, modularity, errors, reading level, and cultural relevance.
If you would like to get involved with the College Open Textbooks Professional Network, consider joining the forum or piloting textbooks.
From Inside Higher Ed, researchers at Purdue University at Calumet paired up experienced online course instructors with faculty who wanted to adapt classroom courses for online delivery and found that when professors learned to develop and administer distance education courses properly, they also improved their classroom-based course design and delivery.
Read the entire article, “Learning from Online”, from Inside Higher Ed.
Attention all online and hybrid instructors. If you are in need of Blackboard Getting Started training (required for online and hybrid instructors), Distance Learning will be conducting another 2-hour training on Friday, December 11 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. in L-210.
Please complete Blackboard 101 before attending the workshop so we can start talking about the instructor view and how to organize your course. I hope to see you there!
Liz Stover, Instructional Technologist
Distance Learning has added a new blog page with audio, video, and graphics resources that are free for you to use. Please visit our Free Media page to locate resources in the public domain or otherwise free from copyright restrictions. As always, you should read any disclaimers. Among the items you will find are digitized archives of old films, photographs, and music recordings.