Learning Objects Repository (LOR)

The NC Education Cloud Program, funded by the Race to the Top grant, includes in its approved plan the creation of a Learning Object Repository (LOR) for the Local Education Agencies in the state.  The Learning Object Repository is for the staff, teachers and students in North Carolina.  A LOR provides cataloging and, if necessary, storage, for educational content and resources.  The type of content may include videos, assessments, lesson plans, teaching resources (primary or supplemental), or professional development training materials or entire courses.

In North Carolina there already exists a Learning Object Repository service, the NCLOR.  It is maintained and operated by the NC Community College System (NCCCS).  Its vision is to serve the K-20 educational community.  While the current focus is primarily higher education, it does serve a number of K-12 educators.

The NCLOR contains content for K-20 educators; additionally, the NCLOR staff at the NC Community College System has over 3 years of experience operating and managing the LOR software platform.  The existing NCLOR project is based on the Pearson EQUELLA product for which NCCCS has existing contracts and pricing structures in place.

The recommendation of the NC Education Cloud project team is to leverage this existing resource.  The NC Education Cloud team wishes to collaborate with the NC Community College System staff to assist in realizing the original vision of the NCLOR project, which is to provide a Learning Object Repository to all K-20 educators in North Carolina.

This collaboration allows for many levels of cost savings for North Carolina:

  1. Shared hosting infrastructure;
  2. Shared support , including help desk;
  3. Shared licensing.

The NC Community College System has demonstrated the effectiveness of a LOR; the Race to the Top grant provides North Carolina the opportunity to extend that fully to our K-12 educators.

LOR Big Picture Concept
Project Management
James Robinson, Systems Architect
Jonathon Sweetin, Applications Integrator
LEA Working Group
Region 1 Region 2
Dawn Brinson
New Hanover County Schools
Region 3 Region 4
Vanessa Wrenn
Granville County Schools
Region 5  
Jennifer Buck
Thomasville City Schools
Keith Medlin
Chatham County Schools
Marlo Gaddis
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
Region 6  
Debbie Core
Gaston County Schools
Region 7  

Donna Murray
Hickory City Schools

Jill Reinhardt
Surry County Schools

Angie Blalock
Burke County Schools

Judith Ray
Catawba County Schools

Region 8 NC Virtual Public School
Nathan Thanos
NC Department of Public Instruction NC School of Science and Math
Neill Kimrey
Melissa Thibault