Learning Teamwork with Cooperative Board Games

For the last several years, the gaming world has seen a real surge in the creation and production of new board games. This can include traditional family-style games, but also roll playing games, table top card games, strategy games, and cooperative games. The NCTC Libraries actually have a collection of circulating board games available for students, faculty, and staff.

The game collection is housed at the Gainesville campus, but can be sent out to other campuses and checked out as requested. Games check out for one week, and can be found by searching “board games” in the NCTC Library Catalog.

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Source–NCTC Libraries

A highlight of the NCTC collection is our section of cooperative games. Cooperative board games have become very popular in the last few years. In cooperative board games, most, if not all, of the players work together to beat the game itself. There are some games, such as Fury of Dracula, where all but one player work together to defeat the other player (Dracula). One of the earliest cooperative games of the modern gaming boom is Lord of the Rings, designed by Reiner Knizia, released in 2000.

 

In this game, based on the Tolkien books, the players are united against Sauron as they take on various boards and levels to reach Mordor. At the time of its release, it was only one of a few cooperative games available.

Especially popular today are the games by creator Matt Leacock. Leacock is the designer of the games Pandemic (2008), Forbidden Island (2010), and Forbidden Desert (2013). In Pandemic, players are given roles in the medical profession, with the job of working together to cure and/or eradicate several diseases from spreading across the globe. Teamwork is a must, as there are several ways to lose the game if all players are not working together. To defeat the game, all four diseases must be cured. If you don’t cure the diseases in time, epidemics breakout to other cities. Reach the limit on epidemics, and the game is over. New editions of Pandemic include Legacy, which allows players to continue the game over the course of a year; and more specific topics, such as Pandemic: Reign of Cthulu.

Pandemic was followed up by Forbidden Island, a game where players work together to collect treasures before taking a helicopter off a sinking island. Gameplay is very similar to Pandemic, with each player having a specific role, and portions of the island flooding each round, in the same way diseases spread in Pandemic. Forbidden Island is a quicker game, and does not use a traditional board. Its companion game, Forbidden Desert, follows generally the same rules and gameplay, but adds in several new steps and obstacles along the way.

Cooperative games can be great teambuilding activity, make for fun party games, and generally require 2-4 players. The NCTC Library Board Game Collection includes Lord of the Rings, Pandemic, and Forbidden Island, plus many other games, so grab some friends and check one out today!

For more information on all things Board Games, visit Board Game Geek at http://www.boardgamegeek.com

–Contributed by Dax Stokes, Librarian, Flower Mound Campus

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Dealing With Stress?

Stress – does anyone live without it? I know that I don’t.  If you are one of the lucky ones who has absolutely no stress in your life, then you may decide that you don’t need to take the time to read this; for the rest, read on.

Although there are two types of stress – “good” stress (eustress) that motivates us to do better and “bad” stress (distress) that can have harmful effects – the stress to which I refer is the kind that can be called “bad” stress. We all know what “bad” stress can do: high blood pressure, weight gain or conversely loss of appetite and weight loss, depression, insomnia, fatigue, headaches, a weakened immune system are just some side-effects of what can develop from “bad” stress. I’m sure you can easily add to the list.

I wish I had a magical answer that will help to make the “bad” stress go away but I don’t. However, I do have some suggestions.  I won’t say that I have any new insights and, yes, you may have heard these all before but I’ve found that sometimes a reminder is needed to help me get back on track. Maybe it will help you too.

One method I’ve found helpful when I’m stressed is to take deep breaths, inhaling deeply and then letting the breath out slowly. Sometimes taking one deep breath and letting it out slowly is all I need but there are times when I need to do this several times in a row before I begin to feel myself relax.  Although I have never tried it, I’ve read that stretching your arms while you breathe in and out helps also.

01 Beating StressExercise is usually on lists of how to relieve stress. It can be as simple as taking a walk or as complex as working out at the gym. Some people rely on the combination of exercise and meditation techniques such as yoga or tai chi as a way to reduce stress. Many people practice meditation as a stress reliever and say it helps them relax; in fact prestigious medical organizations such as the Mayo Clinic and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have recommended meditation to help reduce stress.

Find support from others. Sharing your concerns with others may help relieve stress but you need to choose someone who you know will listen and be willing to validate your feelings; otherwise, sharing can add to stress.

These are just a few suggestions I came up with and there are of course many more ideas. In fact, NCTC Libraries actually have several books that discuss stress, both the good and the bad (yes, I know you knew this was coming, but I am a librarian after all). The following is a selected list of books that you may choose from:

Chambers, Ruth, Anthony Schwartz, and Elizabeth Boath. Beating Stress in the NHS [electronic resource]. Abingdon, U.K.: Radcliffe Publishing Limited, 2003. Available in eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)

Although in the Introduction the authors state that the book is intended for anyone working in the health field and explain that, “The aim of this book is to provide you with opportunities and options to control and minimize stress that arises from your work in the health service,” there is information within the book that is useful for anyone experiencing stress, especially in chapters three, five, and six.

02 Stress Management SourcebookCunningham J. The Stress Management Sourcebook [electronic resource]. Los Angeles: NTC Contemporary; 2000. Available in eBook Collection (EBSCOhost).

The author claims that, “In reading this book and participating in its many exercises, you will become aware of your values, beliefs, habits, and behaviors. You will be introduced to a range of tools that you can use in designing stress management strategies individualized to your needs.” The author further asserts that this book, “…illustrates ways of reducing stress and developing a more satisfying and happier lifestyle.”

03 - 50 WaysRosenthal, M. Sara. 50 Ways to Prevent and Manage Stress [electronic resource]. McGraw-Hill Professional, 2001. Available in eBook Collection (EBSCOhost).

The author says that, “This book is designed to help you reorganize your priorities so that you can reduce chronic stress as well as incorporate a few new healing strategies to help combat acute stress” and lists 50 ways that he considers helpful.

04 College RulesNist-Olejnik, Sherrie and Jodi Patrick Holschuh. College Rules! How to Study, Survive, and Succeed in College. Ten Speed Press, 2011. Corinth Campus Library. Call Number: LB2343.32 .N57 2011

Abstract: An updated and expanded edition of a college survival primer by two college professors, this book shares essential advice and strategies on topics ranging from stress management and test preparation to staying motivated and balancing academics with a social life.

05 Under PressureVye, Christopher, Kathlene Scholljegerdes, and I. David Welch. Under Pressure and Overwhelmed: Coping with Anxiety in College. Praeger, 2007. Corinth Campus Library. Call Number: LA 229 .V94 2007

The authors mention two objectives for their book: “First, to enhance students’ awareness of the expected and normal stresses of college life and the ways in which, like those in the larger society, they are affected by them” and “Second, it is the intention of the book to describe the nature of anxiety, its common manifestations, and provide methods for effectively coping with it.”

06 BE SuccessPflum, Neil O. BE Success: Discover the Secret of Having the Life You Really Want. Musical Motivator Press, 2005. Flower Mound Campus Library. Call Number: BF637.S8 P45 2005

From the back cover of this book: “”BE Success reveals powerful insights and ideas on how to be successful. Most people aren’t doing the right things in the right order, which leads to stress, depleted energy, and overall ineffectiveness.”

07 Success under StressMelnick, Sharon. Success under Stress: Powerful Tools for Staying Calm, Confident, and Productive when the Pressure’s on. Amacom, 2013. Gainesville Campus Library. Call Number: HF5548.85 .M45 2013

The author states that in her book, “you’ll learn hundreds of strategies that will enable you to succeed quickly, even in the face of the most common stresses, such as interpersonal friction and having too much work but not enough time.” She states that the book is for people who “Work in an overwhelming environment where you have to influence people to get things done; Own your own business where you ‘wear all the hats’; Seek to ease your financial stress and feel you’re stretched thin; [and] Face a lack of self-confidence that causes you to ‘get in your own way’ or are reactive in relationships…”

08 Manage your StressStrand, Joseph and Leigh M. Devine. Manage Your Stress: Overcoming Stress in the Modern World. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2012. Gainesville Campus Library. Call Number: RA 785 .S544 2012

Provided by the publisher: “This book provides readers with psychological and physical strategies necessary to keep stress from undermining their health, their joy, and the happiness of those around them. These simple and practical strategies help relieve our stress, and the stress of those around us.”

09 Coping with StressCoping with Stress. [videorecording] Educational Video Network, 2005. Gainesville Campus Library. Call Number: BF575 .S75 C67 2005 DVD

Abstract: Stress affects everyone, both emotionally and physically. For some, mismanaged stress can result in substance abuse, violence, or even suicide. This program answers the question, ‘How can a person cope with stress?’

Contributed by Diane Roether, Dean of Libraries, NCTC

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Resources on The Hermit Kingdom

bigbang

 

Korean pop sensation Big Bang

 

South Korea is enjoying a moment; it reported $335 million in foreign sales of music in 2014 (remember Psy’s Gangnam Style? He was just the tip of K-Pop iceberg). Korean beauty products are routinely sold out at Ulta and Sephora. And we are only about 100 days away from Pyeongchang hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics. But for all of the good fortune our South Korean allies are experiencing, there is a grave threat looming just to their north.

 

Moranbong

 

North Korean group Moranbang. Still from their song, “Let’s Study (For the Benefit of Our Country).”

 

News of the North Korean crisis may have been lost in the shuffle of special counsel investigations and Hollywood scandals, but it remains a very real threat. After all, the Korean War never really ended, it has just been in a very protracted cease-fire. To help make sense of how we got here and what the future might hold, we have compiled an extensive list of resources about the nation commonly referred to as the “Hermit Kingdom.”

 

Movies and Documentaries

First40

 

Still at 6:24 of “The First Forty Days in Korea”

 

Title: The Big Picture, Episode 169: “The First Forty Days in Korea”
Creator:
Army Signal Corps
Length:
29 minutes
Database:
Academic Video Online: Premium
Description:
Footage of the first days of the Korean conflict as captured by Army combat camera operators on the ground. Look for other episodes in this series including engagement of the US and our allies with North Korean soldiers, and the post-cease fire recovery of South Korea.

KimJongIl

 

Still at 12:59 of North Korea: Portrait of a Red Dictator

 

Title: North Korea: Portrait of a Red Dictator
Director: Lee Kyu-Chul
Length: 29 minutes
Database: Academic Video Online: Premium
Description: When Kim Jon Un assumed leadership of North Korea in 2011 the world hoped the Western educated son of Kim Jon Il would usher in new freedoms for its people. It quickly became apparent that he had no intentions to rule any differently than his father. This film takes a deep dive into the mind of Kim Jong Il through interviews of those who knew him best, including his personal chef and former bodyguard.

Ongoing

 

Movie still provided by Alexander Street

 

Title: The On-Going War
Director: Lee Kyu-Chul
Length: 51 minutes
Database: Academic Video Online: Premium
Description: Describes the story of a US-organized guerrilla unit of South Koreans that helped recover territory from the North during the Korean conflict. Many still live in fear of retribution to this day.

Books

HiddenPeopleTitle: The Hidden People of North Korea: Everyday Life in the Hermit Kingdom
Author: Ralph C. Hessig.
Call number: DS 932.7.H37 2015
Location: Corinth

 

NorthKoreaProductionTitle: A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator’s Rise to Power
Author: Paul Fischer
Call number: PN 1993.5 .R63 F57 2015
Location: Gainesville

KoreanWarTitle: The Korean War: An International History
Author: Haruki Wada
Call number: DS 918.W33613 2014
Location: Gainesville

 

EscapeFromTitle: Escape from Camp 14
Author: Blaine Harden
Call number: HV 9815.6 .H37 2013
Location: Flower Mound

 

NothingtoenvyTitle: Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
Author: Barbara Demick
Call number: HV 730.6 .A8 D46 2010
Location: Flower Mound

 

Suggested Databases

Military and Intelligence Database Collection (Gale)
Search for “North Korea,” and limit your results to full-text. Results are divided by type including magazines, journals, videos and more.” Results can be further limited to a specific date range or sorted by newest publications first.

  • Find out how North Koreans stay up to date with the latest news and South Korean Pop music, and what the North does to counter it in the article “Making Waves: Radio North Korea,” from the October 7th issue of the Economist.
  • Learn how technology can save us from nuclear war in “How Trump Can Destroy Kim Jong Un’s Nukes Without Blowing Up the World,” from the October 6th issue of Newsweek.

CountryWatch

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“The Eternal President,” Kim Il Sung. Photo by Bjørn Christian Tørrissen.

 

Click countryreview and choose “Korea, North” from the drop down menu that appears to the left. Navigate political, environmental and, economic metrics using the menu also on the left. Statistics on women, including the fact that 88% of women are in the workforce, can be found under the “Social Overview” section. If North Korean-United States relations ever improve enough for travel warnings to be lifted, look to the “Travel Guide” and “Culture Etiquette” sections. How else will you know to bow to the 65.5 foot bronze statue of the “Eternal President?”

Curious how the North and South Koreas compare? Click countryreview, select any elements (GDP for example), and indicate “Korea, South,” and “Korea, North.” For greater context and perspective on North Korea’s numbers try comparing the United States or Japan and North Korea.

Institutions and Organizations

uski

www.uskoreainstitute.org

The US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins has been central to the study of North and South Korea for over eleven years. As part of the School of Advanced International Studies it is located in Washington, DC. A highly suggested resource is USKI’s Korea Yearbook, in which graduate students publish original research findings gleaned through interviews of high ranking officials.

  • The 2016 Korea Yearbook is from the USKI course titled “Korean Reunification and Asian Regionalization: Challenges and Perspectives,” offered fall 2014. Available as a PDF for free. Frames challenges to unifying North and South Korea in both a historical and future looking context. Challenges include the two countries’ very different political ideologies, how to finance reunification, and the North’s poor electrical grid.
  • The 2012 Korea Yearbook is a product of graduate students in the course, “The Two Koreas: Contemporary Research and Record.” Those interested in the fates of North Korean refugees in China, and the state of North Korea-Chinese trade will find articles of use here.
  • The 2009 Korea Yearbook looks at among other things, the peculiar Kaesong Industrial Complex where North and South Koreans work together. And where South Korea capitalizes on cheap labor in the North, while North Korea gains access to South Korean currency.

38north
www.38north.org

America may be cut off from fully understanding North Korea, but it does deal with some of our allies for economic and humanitarian purposes. 38 North assembles news and analysis of North Korea from those not shut out from North Korea, as well as those select few who have had the unique experience of living there.

  • “Atlas: North Korea” Curtis Melvin of USKI at SAIS used Google Earth crowd-sourced information to compile the only publicly available comprehensive map of the secretive North. Zoom in to see infrastructure, prison camps, communist party buildings, missile launch sites and agricultural projects. For more on the sources and methods Melvin employed for his Atlas, start at minute 40 of this talk he gave in January 2016.
  • “Mediabusters” Seeks to shine a light on shoddy reporting on North Korea and fact-check it.

piie

www.piie.com

The Peterson Institute for International Economics headquarters in Washington, DC employees 35 prestigious researchers and fellows. It is focused on promoting globalization as a tool for improving the world and is in their words, “non-partisan and non-profit.” Its Board of Directors include very powerful individuals with a direct interest in the success of globalization. Members include the CEO Emeritus of Caterpillar, the CEO of Mastercard, CIO of Liberty Mutual, and the Vice Chairman of Pepsico.

Hosts a blog titled, “North Korea: Witness to Transformation” maintained by researchers at the institute. Topics include, the prevalence of foreign currency in the DPRK, analysis of the latest sanctions, and the inclusion of North Korea in the most recent iteration of the “Travel Ban.” Look for posts that include the phrase, “Academic Sources.” These posts highlight additional scholarly books and articles on North Korea.

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www.libertyinnorthkorea.org

Refugees risk death and imprisonment for attempting to escape not just for themselves, but their family members as well. Defectors who are successful frequently flee to China, only to be captured and sold as sex slaves or forced into some other form of servitude. LiNK works to intervene and stop the cycle of abuse and slavery. They work directly with established routes to ensure North Koreans are escaping to a future much brighter than the one they left– without cost. Look under the “Learn” tab at the top to learn more about North Korea, and the hardships of those trying to escape.

–Contributed by Sabrina McKethan, Librarian, Corinth Campus

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YouTube in the Classroom

downloadOver the past couple of years YouTube has experienced a massive boom in high-quality, well-researched educational content. Using YouTube as a supplement to instruction or as part of a flipped classroom has many benefits. Students have been shown to be more engaged and can more easily remember the content being taught. Whether shown in class or linked to in an online learning management system like Canvas, students have the ability to go back and re-watch content, pause, take notes, and learn at their own pace.

Is it legal to show YouTube videos in class? YouTube videos shown in a classroom setting or YouTube videos that are directly linked to in a LMS fall under Fair Use and are protected under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (1998). However, you should ensure that the content being shown is in compliance with YouTube’s Terms of Service. Mainly this requires ensuring that the video in question is not a blatant infringement of copyright (ex: a full movie), and you are not downloading the video and re-hosting it, unless you have been given express permission to do so from the copyright holder.

Below are some fantastic educational content providers to get you started with using YouTube in the classroom.

Do you have other educational YouTube channels that you’d like to recommend? Comment below – we love to hear from you!

Contributed by Michelle McLaughlin, Librarian, Corinth Campus

Art Appreciation and Art History

amorsciendi (1)Amor Sciendi : Amor Sciendi introduces viewers to art history and art appreciation by examining specific works of art including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, photography, and architecture.

Popular videos include: Girl with a Pearl Earring, Physics of Seduction; The Alhambra, Divine Symmetry; and Prehistoric Cave Art from Font de Gaume Cave.

theartassignmentThe Art Assignment : The Art Assignment, produced by PBS Digital Studios, explores art and art history through a modern lens. Videos include museum visits, discussion of art movements, specific artists and/or works, and news about today’s art world. Hosted by curator Sarah Urist Green.

Popular videos include: I Could Do That; The Case for Minimalism; and How to Critique.

Astronomy

pbsspacetimePBS Space Time : PBS Space Time explores the outer limits of the universe. Always based in real research, Space Time looks at everything from our closest friends in the sky to speculative sci-fi possibilities. Hosted by astrophysicist Matthew O’Dowd.

Popular videos include: Is Gravity an Illusion?; How the Quantum Eraser Rewrites the Past; and Why Is the Earth Round and the Milky Way Flat?

scishowspaceSciShow Space : SciShow Space is a fascinating look at what lies beyond our atmosphere. Breaking astronomy and space travel news is shown alongside provoking viewer questions and explanations of the history of our universe.

Popular videos include: The First Star-Within-A-Star; The Oort Cloud: Believe It or Not; and The Gamma Ray Burst of 775.

Chemistry

periodicvideosPeriodic Videos : Coming to you from the University of Nottingham, Periodic Videos makes learning chemistry fun and explody. There are videos for every element on the periodic table, as well as videos about interesting molecules and chemistry news.

Popular videos include: Cheeseburger In Hydrochloric Acid; Can You Drink Heavy Water?; and Chemistry of Crème Eggs.

reactionsReactions : Reactions exposes the chemistry at work around us all the time. Part of the PBS Digital Studios family and produced by the American Chemical Society.

Popular videos include: The Chemistry of Sriracha: Hot Sauce Science; How Does Adderall™ Work?; and How Can You See an Atom?

Computer Science

computerphileComputerphile : Computerphile and its expert hosts present a massive database of MP4’s on just about everything. From programming and networking to neural networks and information theory, Computerphile has got you covered. Interviews and explanations come from some of computer science’s greatest thinkers, including the creator of the C programming language, Brian Kernighan.

Popular videos include: Just How Do Macs and PCs Differ?; Floating Point Numbers; and Hashing Algorithms and Security.

Engineering

realengineeringReal Engineering : Real Engineering explains the how and why of some of humanity’s greatest engineering feats in addition to addressing speculative engineering questions and exploring the history of engineering.

Popular videos include: Why the US Military Made GPS Free-To-Use; Stealth – How Does it Work (Northrop B-2 Spirit); and Transistors – The Invention That Changed the World.

Environmental Sciences

minuteearthMinuteEarth : Created with care, the highly qualified team at MinuteEarth provides viewers with an animated look at the science and stories of our amazing planet.

Popular videos include: Why Do Rivers Curve?; Tidal Locking – Why Do We Only See One Side of the Moon?; and Null Island: The Busiest Place That Doesn’t Exist.

Film & Television Analysis

screenprismScreenPrism : ScreenPrism provides careful in-depth analysis of films and television shows. Topics explored include an anatomy of a scene, symbolism, themes, historical context, deciphering cryptic endings, and character studies.

Popular videos include: Game of Thrones: Rhaegar Targaryen Character Study; “Get Out” Explained: Symbols, Satire & Social Horror; and Who Is Wonder Woman? Her Origins, History & Impact.

Game Design

extracreditsExtra Credits : Extra Credits explores the world of game design from all aspects imaginable. For developers and players alike, Extra Credits brings thought-provoking content to this relatively new area of study.

Popular videos include: Making Your First Game: Basics – How To Start Your Game Development; The Blue Shell – Why Mario Kart’s Most Hated Item Exists; and Video Game Music – How to Create a Timeless Theme.

*note, Extra Credits also creates the series “Extra History” with videos on a variety of historical topics.

Geography

geographynowGeography Now : Geography Now creates videos profiling individual countries. Each video includes information about physical geography, demographics, international relations, and more. Countries are presented in alphabetical order, and at the time of publication, Geography Now just published their video about Italy.

Popular videos include: Geography Now! Denmark; Geography Now! Bangladesh; and Geography Now! Botswana.

Healthcare

healthcaretriageHealthcare Triage : At Healthcare Triage everything from healthcare policy, breaking medical research, and viewer questions about health, nutrition, exercise, and medicine are discussed. Appropriate for experts and novices alike!

Popular videos include: Pregnancy Myths; Breakfast. Take it. Or Leave It.; and What We Know About Pot In 2017.

History

bazbattlesBaz Battles : From Ancient Rome to the Twentieth Century, Baz Battles explores historical battles, tactics, and politics using animated narration.

Popular videos include: First Crusade: Siege of Jerusalem 1099 AD; Alexander the Great: Battle of Gaugamela 331 BC; and The Battle of Teutoburg Forest 9 AD.

historiacivilisHistoria Civilis : Focused largely on Ancient Rome, Historia Civilis provides clearly animated and wildly entertaining narrative videos about the politics and military history of  the Roman Empire. Occasionally other topics are explored (Sparta, The Crusades, etc.).

Popular videos include: Roman Battle Tactics; The Battle of the Trebia River (218 B.C.E.); and His Year: Julius Caesar (59 B.C.E.).

militaryhistoryvisualizedMilitary History Visualized : Gorgeously illustrated, highly analytical, and always entertaining, Military History Visualized uses academic sources to bring you videos about logistics, weaponry, tactics, fortifications, and so much more. Covers a wide range of time periods and places, but does have an emphasis on WWII.

Popular videos include: Panzerfaust – How Effective Was It?; Urban Combat – Room Breaching & Clearing – US Army (2011); and [Winter War] Motti Tactics – How the Finns Destroyed Soviet Divisions.

thegreatwarThe Great War : The Great War explores World War I in painstaking detail, day by day, from numerous perspectives.

Popular videos include: What Happened After a Trench Was Captured?; Stormtrooper – German Special Forces of WW1; and The Best Sniper of World War 1 – Francis Pegahmaganow.

Languages & Linguistics

alliterativeAlliterative : Alliterative specializes in videos about etymology, using word origins as a jumping off point for examining history and culture more broadly.

Popular videos include: What’s the Earliest English Word?; Sublime: The Aesthetics & Origins of Romanticism; and Japan: Place Name Connections.

nativlangNativLang : From linguistic oddities and logic to sociolinguistics and the history of writing systems, NativLang brings both spoken and written language to life.

Popular videos include: What Montezuma’s Aztec Sounded Like – And How We Know; Kanji Story – How Japan Overloaded Chinese; and Does Time Work Differently in Different Languages? – Hopi Time.

Mathematics

3blue1brown3Blue1Brown : Explanations for difficult mathematical problems using animation. Using a change of perspective challenging material is made much simpler.

Popular videos include: Thinking Visually about Higher Dimensions; Linear Transformations and Matrices; and Music and Measure Theory.

numberphileNumberphile : An endless array of videos about numbers. From topology to statistics and everything in between, Numberphile will surprise you with the strange, mysterious, and, yes, even fun world of mathematics.

Popular videos include: Infinity Is Bigger than You Think; Problems With Zero; and Illegal Numbers.

pbsinfiniteseriesPBS Infinite Series : Hosted by mathematician Kelsey Houston-Edwards, this PBS Digital Studios production provides ambitious content for those seeking a deeper understanding of the world. Emphasis is on higher mathematical concepts, paradoxes, and the use of math in cutting edge technologies.

Popular videos include: The Mathematics of Quantum Computers; How Infinity Explains the Finite; and Voting Systems and the Condorcet Paradox.

Natural History & Museums

objectivityObjectivity : Hidden behind archive and museum doors are some of the world’s most fascinating objects. Objectivity brings these items direct to you with fascinating interviews providing historical context.

Popular videos include: Anna Atkins & the World’s First Photo Book; World’s Oldest Science Journal; and Ariel-1 and the Atomic Space Bomb.

thebrainscoopTheBrainScoop : TheBrainScoop highlights strange, beautiful, and curious museum collections. Curators are interviewed and seemingly inaccessible collections are brought to life.

Popular videos include: Why Did King Tut Have a Flat Head?; The Human Biology Collection; and The Gem Room.

Philosophy

academyofideasAcademy of Ideas : Academy of Ideas creates clear and concise videos focusing on well-known Western philosophical thinkers and on modern philosophical problems.

Popular videos include: Nietzsche and Psychology: How to Become Who You Are; Introduction to Existentialism; and The Ideas of Socrates.

wirelessphilosophyWireless Philosophy : Learn about philosophy with professors from MIT, Oxford, Yale, Stanford and more. Wireless Philosophy is an official Khan Academy Partner.

Popular videos include: Fundamentals: Introduction to Critical Thinking; Metaphysics: The Problem of Free Will; and Epistemology: The Problem of Skepticism.

Physics

lookingglassuniverseLooking Glass Universe : Using animated white board drawings, Looking Glass Universe focuses largely on presenting simple explanations in the fields of quantum mechanics and mathematics.

Popular videos include: What Is Spin? – Quantum Mechanics; What Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle Actually Means; and What Numbers Exist In the Real World?

minutephysicsMinutePhysics : Simple animated videos explaining physics concepts using everyday examples and the not-so-everyday.

Popular videos include: Immoveable Object vs. Unstoppable Force – Which Wins?; The True Science of Parallel Universes; and Is It Better to Walk or Run In the Rain?

physicsgirlPhysics Girl : Physics Girl, from PBS Digital Studios, explores the physics of our everyday lives as well as physics far beyond our planet.

Popular videos include: Are Perpetual Motion Machines Possible?; What Are Antibubbles?; and Special Relativity and the Twin Paradox.

Prehistory & Paleontology

pbseonsPBS Eons : PBS Eons explores the history of life on Earth. A collaboration with PBS Digital Studios, PBS Eons discusses life from the Archaean Eon to the Ice Age in the Cenozoic Era.

Popular videos include: The Extinction That Never Happened; The Age of Giant Insects; and When Did the First Flower Bloom?

Psychology & Neuroscience

braincraftBrainCraft : Another great channel from PBS Digital Studios, BrainCraft covers all aspects of human behavior.

Popular videos include: The Bizarre Ways Your Name Affects Your Behaviour; The Psychology of Accents; and Why Are Some People So Easily Fooled?

scishowpsychSciShow Psych : SciShow Psych provides viewers with engaging and entertaining information about the human brain and our interactions with the world. Both ground-breaking studies and historical psychological concepts in context are discussed.

Popular videos include: Does IQ Really Measure How Smart You Are?; Imposter Syndrome: You’re Doing Better Than You Think; and Are Fandoms Good or Unhealthy Obsessions?

Various Topics

crashcourseCrash Course : Crash Course is the mother of all educational YouTube channels. A PBS Digital Studios production, to date Crash Course has created lovingly animated videos for the following subject areas:

Anatomy and Physiology; Astronomy; Big History (history of the universe); Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Economics; Ecology; Film: History, Production, and Criticism; Games; Intellectual Property; Literature; Philosophy; Physics; Psychology; Sociology; Study Skills; U.S. Government and Politics; U.S. History; World History; and World Mythology.

Popular videos include: The Agricultural Revolution: Crash Course World History #1; Depressive and Bipolar Disorders: Crash Course Psychology #30; and The Electron: Crash Course Chemistry #5.

itsokaytobesmartIt’s Okay to Be Smart : It’s Okay to Be Smart, hosted by biologist Joe Hanson, explores our mind, our world, and our universe through interesting and unusual questions. Part of the PBS Digital Studios family.

Popular videos include: The Science of Snowflakes; The Oldest Living Things In the World; and Why Do We Cook?

kurzgesagt-inanutshellKurzgesagt – In a Nutshell : In-depth explanations of scientific phenomena, futurist concepts, and philosophy using beautiful animation.

Popular videos include: Quantum Computers Explained – Limits of Human Technology; The Last Star In the Universe – Red Dwarfs Explained; and The Death of Bees Explained – Parasites, Poison and Humans.

scishowSciShow : SciShow presents content about unexpected, fun, and curious scientific questions. From earth sciences and medicine to computer science and the latest in science news, SciShow is always engaging, informative, and well-researched.

Popular videos include: 5 of the World’s Most Dangerous Chemicals; Why We Haven’t Cured Cancer; and 9 Futuristic Materials.

ted-edTED-Ed : TED-Ed videos cover a wide range of topics. All videos are animated and are scripted by educators.

Popular videos include: The Unexpected Math Behind Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”; How Do Tornadoes Form?; and The Atlantic Slave Trade: What Too Few Textbooks Told You.

References

“Appendix B: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.” (n.d.) U.S. Copyright Office. Retrieved from: https://www.copyright.gov/title17/92appb.html

“Copyright & fair use: Media in the classroom.” (2017). University of Texas Arlington, UTA Libraries. Retrieved from: http://libguides.uta.edu/copyright/media#YouTube

Fleck, B. K. B., Beckman, L. M., Sterns, J. L., & Hussey, H. D. (2014). YouTube in the classroom: Helpful tips and student perceptions. The Journal of Effective Teaching, 14(3), 21-37. Retrieved from: http://www.uncw.edu/jet/articles/Vol14_3/Fleck.html

“Flipped classroom.” (2017). The University of Texas at Austin, Faculty Innovation Center. Retrieved from: https://facultyinnovate.utexas.edu/flipped-classroom

“More information on fair use.” (2017). U.S. Copyright Office. Retrieved from: https://www.copyright.gov/fair-use/more-info.html

“Terms of service.” (2010). YouTube. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/static?template=terms

 

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Change

change brings opportunityOne of the biggest things about starting a new school year is CHANGE. Students study new subjects with instructors they have never had before. Instructors teach subjects (sometimes new to them) to students they have never had before. Moms and dads send their children off to college while other moms and dads become college students. Whatever the change may be in your life, there is one thing that never changes: the NCTC libraries are here to help you.  We are adapting the way we serve you to accommodate a changing environment, but we are here!

Available in CANVAS to every NCTC student and instructor is the Library Tutorial. Please take advantage of this resource early in your semester. Instructors may want to make this a part of your class requirements. It is found in “courses.”

The NCTC Libraries have a YouTube channel! The link can be found on the Library home page at www.nctc.edu as well as the Library home page in MyNCTC.  It is full of short, informational videos that offer help with many things that apply to a wide variety of classes. From “Choosing a Topic” to “Accessing Databases 2.0” to “Basic Catalog Searching,” your NCTC Libraries can help.

Also found on those Library home pages are links to your NCTC Libraries’ Facebook, Twitter, and Blog.

As you take advantage of our ever-changing ways to serve you, please remember that a face-to-face visit is still the very best part of our day. NCTC librarians are available to conduct Library Information sessions in any class on any campus. Please call, email, or visit your local NCTC library to schedule that.

As instructors are tweaking their syllabi, now is the perfect time to make the NCTC Libraries a part of your students’ lives. Let us help you help them to CHANGE their lives.

–Contributed by Robin Studdard, Librarian, Bowie/Graham Campus

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Never Too Late for Pride

This past June was Pride Month for the LGBTQ community across the world. Pride flags were raised and diverse voices cried out in celebration of love. It was also a time of remembrance of those that came before, the hatred they faced, and the perseverance they displayed in the face of adversity.

It’s July now–but Pride is eternal, and so is the need to learn and, thus, to understand.

51fxs7+cmDL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America by Christopher Bram (PS153 .G38 B73 2012 — Gainesville Campus)

This multi-generational historical exploration weaves the stories of twentieth-century greats such as Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, and James Baldwin with the next generation of gay writers such as Armistead Maupin, Edward Albee, and Tony Kushner. Setting these icons in context with the cultural events of their time is a brilliant achievement and one worthy of taking a second, even third, look.

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“Don’t Be So Gay!”: Queers, Bullying, and Making Schools Safe by Donn Short (LB3013.34 .C3 S56 2013 — Gainesville Campus)

In a series of interviews with analysis, Donn Short explores the question of whether or not so-called “safe-schools” legislation actually results in making queer high school students more safe from the depredations of bullies. Short does an excellent job of displaying the differences between the actual day-to-day world of the “out” student and the policies designed to protect them. An insightful read.

fun homeFun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel (PN6727 .B3757 Z46 2007 — Gainesville Graphic Novel Collection)

This highly-acclaimed “graphic memoir” highlights author Bechdel’s father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family’s Victorian home, a third-generation funeral home director, a high school English teacher, an icily distant parent, and a closeted homosexual. The book explorers Bechdel’s yearning for a relationship with her father and her own adolescent foibles. Both tragic and comic, this graphic novel appears on many “best of” lists.

gay historyA Little Gay History: Desire and Diversity Across the World by R. B. Parkinson (HQ76.25 .P376 2013  — Gainesville Campus)

A Little Gay History is a brief exploration of the British Museum’s collections of art and artifacts that seeks to illustrate that same-sex desire has been part and parcel of the human experience since time immemorial. Indeed, it is an integral part of human history. From the urns of Ancient Greece, to Elizabethan sonnets, to the modern novel, homosexuality is an undeniable facet of the human condition–as is its intolerance. This book is a small, but powerful gem with 80 pages of color photos that enhance it.

trans bodiesTrans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community by Laura Erickson-Schroth (HQ77.9 .T714 2014 — Corinth Campus)

This revolutionary resource for the transgender community is based upon the classic work Our Bodies, Ourselves, a well-regarded reference work centered on the lives and bodies of women. Trans Bodies has chapters devoted to a variety of issues of interest to the transgendered person, not only covering health issues but also social issues as well. With each chapter written by transgender or genderqueer authors, it is truly a work sensitive to the needs of the community for which it is targeted.

transportraitsTrans/Portraits: Voices from Transgender Communities by Jackson Wright Schultz (HQ77.9 .S55 2015 — Gainesville Campus)

Trans/Portraits is a unique work in that it collects the first-hand accounts of over thirty transgender Americans–ranging in age from 15 to 72–from a wide variety of socioeconomic, political, racial, religious, and sexual identities. It is less academic study and more oral history and, thus, illuminates the authentic humanity of its subjects far more than any pedantic or clinical examination could do.

cromptonHomosexuality and Civilization by Louis Crompton ( HQ 76.25 .C76 2003 — Corinth Campus)

This impressive academic monograph attempts to chronicle the history of homosexuality in Europe and parts of Asia from the time of Homer until the Age of Enlightenment. Crompton (emeritus professor of English at the University of Nebraska) uses a series of short vignettes to effectively impart the story and to demonstrate just how strange the European Judeo-Christian aversion to the practice is when placed in global context. This work will surely become a seminal work in the field.

charityCharity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America by Rachel Hope Cleves (HQ1034 .U5 C54 2014 — Gainesville Campus)

Based on diaries, letters, and poetry, among other original documents, the forty-year union of Charity Bryant and Sylvia Drake is brought to life in vivid detail. In the process, what is illuminated is the fact that early 19th century America was far more accommodating and diverse than is generally believed.

battle over marriageThe Battle Over Marriage: Gay Rights Activism Through the Media by Leigh Moscowitz (HQ1034 .U5 M67 2013 — Corinth and Gainesville Campuses)

In this fascinating work, the author offers an analysis of the way prominent news networks and media outlets presented issues of interest to the LGBTQ community over the period of 2003 to 2012, as well as the way leaders in that community were able to use media to reform their public image. Along they way, she exposes the advantages, and pitfalls, to using modern media outlets to promote social change.

–Contributed by Shedrick Pittman-Hassett, Associate Dean of Libraries

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Summer Research at the NCTC Libraries

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Due to NCTC’s limited schedule during the summer semesters, getting help with research may seem difficult. But, the NCTC Library does have several resources available for students on our Research Help page that can make summer research a little easier.

With limited hours that the campus libraries are open, students can use our “Ask a Librarian” form to ask questions that don’t require an immediate response. Before submitting a question, though, it can be a good idea to check out the Library FAQ page to see if your question has already been answered.

Students can also find a comprehensive selection of Subject Guides to guide them toward resources for different topics. Subject guides provide suggestions for databases and catalog searches, as well as links to useful websites that have been vetted by librarians.

Learning a new citation style? We have resources for those as well on the Research Help page, including updated handouts for MLA 8th edition.

The Research Help page also has links to other useful resources and tutorials for scholarly research. Just check out the menu on the right side of the page for more information.

Finally, the NCTC Library has the Library Instruction Tutorial on Canvas. Every student currently enrolled in a summer class at NCTC should have the tutorial listed under their Courses. If you do not have the tutorial, send an email with your NCTC user ID to dstokes@nctc.edu to be added.

The Canvas tutorial has 6 modules:

Introduction to the NCTC Libraries
Research Strategies & Authoritative Sources
Internet Research
Library Databases
Citing Sources
Skills Assessment

At the conclusion of the tutorial, complete the Skills Assessment and send a screenshot to any instructors that have assigned it to get credit.

And always remember, Off-campus access to the Library Databases is always available through MyNCTC.

–Contributed by Dax Stokes, Librarian, Flower Mound Campus

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