Tuesday, December 7, 2010


I recently blogged about  open textbooks.  HippoCampus is another source for online course content.  Read more, courtesy of Sandy Cook:

HippoCampus is a great way for KCTCS colleges to get the media-rich NROC content into the hands of all faculty to support instruction. Faculty may search across disciplines, link to the NROC-hosted media from within Blackboard, or simply use the tools at the site to further customize a version for their students. Unique log-ins are NOT required to access these resources; however, the HippoCampus website can be customized to make it better suited to meet the needs of an individual instructor or a group of students.

The KCTCS URL is: http://www.hippocampus.org/myHippo/?user=myKCTCS.  This is KCTCS’s institutional site provided as part of the KCTCS/Kentucky-wide NROC (National Repository of Online Courses) membership.  NROC will maintain, update, correct, and add content at the site as it becomes available.
To use the customization features, faculty will create an account. Creating an account is quick and easy - just click on Create Account at the HippoCampus KCTCS URL and fill out a simple form: http://www.hippocampus.org/myHippo/create-account;jsessionid=19695EE0BC9EA9D170ED097A3F64269C .  Once faculty have an account, they can create announcements, hide unwanted subjects and courses, remove unused textbooks, and bookmark specific multimedia topics.

Additionally, faculty will have access to view the Standards tab.  The Standards tab shows the course topics that are correlated to a particular state or national learning standard – for KCTCS the standards align with the Kentucky Department of Education standards.  This can be an excellent resource as a tool to align competencies and standards for successful transitioning high school students to KCTCS.

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