Make your course come to Life with NC LIVE

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

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.

OpenSource Free Textbooks

Friday, December 11th, 2009

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.