Adult Basic Education and WorkForce Training needs are similar across the state. Many instructors are part-time and some centers are struggling to keep up with client needs using limited resources. It's difficult to free up those resources to create new coursework and to keep up with technology. By sharing resources, we can provide all centers with access to training materials and programs they might not otherwise be able to provided to their clients. Contributors can also earn CEUs by organizing, posting and sharing their materials online through MnROC.
Most contributors will be entering stand-alone courses or workshops. You can enter a program when you need to create a link between more than one course. For example, if you have a FastTRAC grant project with several courses leading to a certificate, you will probably enter the courses individually, but then enter high-level program information to link those courses together. That allows someone looking at your material to see that these three courses are interrelated.
You enter syllabus information into the repository, but your actual course materials will be stored locally and a URL (link to that information) will be entered along with the syllabus information. Guests will use that URL to locate your course materials. You can either get your IT support team to help you post the files to and open location on your organization's server, or you can post the files yourself to a Wiki or other online location. See the wiki information in the "Contributors Before You Start Guide" for more information.
If you started entering a course, workshop or program into MnROC, and saved at least the first page, that information still exists in the repository. Log in with your contributor ID and select Modify Programs or Courses/Workshops.
The best way to include them - in a way that is Section 508 compliant - is to rebuild them electronically using a word processor like Microsoft Word. That will allow screen readers to read the text. You can scan the documents, but scanning a document creates a picture of the document and screen readers are not able to interpret the image.
You can create a simple wiki and upload your documents to the wiki space. See Wiki information in the MnROC Contributors' Before You Start Guide. If that option doesn't work for you, contact the MnROC Administrator at: 651-259-7595.
It's not recommended for two reasons: 1) Scanned images are not Section 508 compliant - screen readers are not able to read text from a scanned page. 2) Depending on the material, you may be violating a copyright. It's probably better to provide complete information about the source material which then allows someone to track down the source and obtain the materials directly from the book. For more information on copyright and plagiarism, use these links and tools:
There are different formats for citing sources depending on the field of study. The standard for this repository is MLA. Citation Machine will help you automatically format your source citations just by filling in the blanks. After you select the link, there are just four simple steps:
Visit this URL to help you understand what types of materials need to be properly cited and how to avoid plagiarism: University of Minnesota - explanation of sources that need to be cited.
Remember that graphics, photos and other images are protected by copyright and must also be properly credited.
When you finish entering information for a course, workshop or program, it is submitted in a "pending activation" status. An administrator will review the information to make sure it's appropriate material for an ABE or WorkForce Center, then change the status to "Active." If the administrator has questions about the material you entered, you may be contacted before the status is changed and the course/program is available for searching and viewing.
After a program or course you entered has been activated, return to the repository and select "Modify Programs, Courses or Workshops." Select the course you entered. The field on the right will be activated and will allow you to request and print your CEU certificate.
Sign on with your contributor ID and select the "Modify Programs, Courses and Workshops" button. Select Modify on the course for which you would like to request CEUs. Select the Request CEUs button on the right. You will be instructed on how to fill out the form and print your CEU certificate.
If you have a question that isn't answered here, or with the additional MnROC resources, contact the MnROC Administrator at 651-259-7563.