Learning Objects    

Learning Object Collections

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  1. General Repositories
    1. ARIADNE - European Knowledge Pool System
      Developed to deliver educational content throughout Europe, the KPS facilitates the sharing and reuse of educational resources. This encouragement of the discovery and reuse of these materials encourages an increasing recognition that learning object production is a valid field of activity for academics. The collection contains materials of a wide variety of interactivity levels in many European languages, primarily English, French, Italian, German, and Dutch.
    2. Apple Learning Interchange - Learning Resources
      Searchable database of "thousands of Internet resources that can be valuable for teaching and learning"
    3. Blue Web'n
      Part of the SBC Knowledge Network Explorer, Blue Web'n provides users with access to over 1800 educational sites covering all ages and subject matters. Metadata for materials include Dewey Decimal Numbers. Materials are rated by onsite staff and users may suggest sites but do not apply metadata.
    4. CLOE - Cooperative Learning Object Exchange
      CLOE was founded at the University of Waterloo and currently consists of 17 university partners in Ontario. Of significance is that CLOE attempts to foster a collaborative model for the development, use, and reuse of learning objects. Fundamental to this is the creation of a virtual market economy whereby virtual credits are awarded for objects that are used and reused the most. # Membership in CLOE is closed. # Registration required to use CLOE services
    5. Connexions
      The Connexions Project at Rice University has created an open repository of educational materials and tools to promote sharing and exploration of knowledge as a dynamic continuum of interrelated concepts. Available free of charge to anyone under open-content and open-source licenses, Connexions offers high-quality, custom-tailored electronic course material, is adaptable to a wide range of learning styles, and encourages students to explore the links among concepts, courses, and disciplines.
    6. EOE - Educational Object Economy: Learning Objects Java Applet Library
      browse by subject or search by keyword features 2,600 Java applets
    7. ESCOT - Educational Software Components of Tomorrow
      "a testbed for the integration of innovative technology in middle school mathematics. The project investigates replicable practices that produce predictably high quality digital learning resources"
    8. EdNA - Education Network Australia
      Supported by education.au, a non-profit company limited by guarantee and owned by the Australian education and training Ministers, EdNA provides users with access to over 16,000 materials of interest to teachers and learners of all levels, covering a wide range of subjects.
    9. Fathom Archive
      The Fathom website ceased operations in March 2003, as part of a reorganization of Columbia University's digital media activities. Even so, Columbia will provide this Fathom archive so that interested users may continue to access to the complete range of free content developed for Fathom by its member institutions. Columbia encourages you to browse this archive of online learning resources, including lectures, articles, interviews, exhibits and free seminars.
    10. Filamentality
      A "fill-in-the-blank interactive Web site that guides you through picking a topic, searching the Web, gathering good Internet sites, and turning Web resources into learning activities."
    11. Gateway to 21st Century Skills of the GEM Exchange
      Searchable by subject, type, level, keywords, mediator, beneficiary, and priceCode.
    12. IDEAS - Interactive Dialogue with Educators from Across the State
      "provides Wisconsin (and other) educators access to high-quality, highly usable, teacher-reviewed web-based resources for curricula, content, lesson plans, professional development and other selected resources"
    13. Interactive University (IU) Project
      A collaboration of several diverse UC-Berkeley academic departments, research units, and museums, and Bay Area K-12 schools and community organizations. The IU explores how University/K-12 partnerships can best use the Internet to support schools and families.
    14. Intute
      Incorporates the former stand-alone "BIOME," "Humbul," and "Enhanced and Evaluated Virtual Library" repositories ree access to the very best Web resources for education and research Created by a network of UK universities and partners. Subject specialists select and evaluate the websites in our database and write high quality descriptions of the resources.
    15. LRC - Learning Resource Catalogue
      The Learning Resource Catalogue (LRC) is an EDTeC initiative that has been endorsed by the U21 Consortium. The LRC provides the mechanism for academics at University of New South Wales and other U21 Collegial institutions to manage and share their teaching resources online.
    16. Learn-Alberta
      Contains multimedia learning materials for use by K-12 educators within Alberta.
    17. Learning-Objects.net
      Part of a larger collection of resources and forums that inform educators about the potential uses of learning objects and encourages their use and creation.
    18. LoLa Exchange: Learning Objects, Learning Activities
      "LOLA serves multiple purposes. At its home at Wesleyan, it serves as a way for us to keep track of the Learning Objects that we are developing as part of our Learning Objects project. We will be able to use LOLA to present our Learning Objects rather than having to make a container for each object by hand. It will also allow us to discover materials developed by other faculty that we might otherwise not know about. Within the context of the group of schools participating in this project, it will make visible materials that we otherwise would not know are available at our institutions."
    19. MERLOT
      MERLOT is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students in higher education. With a continually growing collection of online learning materials, assignments and reviews, MERLOT helps faculty enhance instruction.
    20. MIT OpenCourseWare
      A "large-scale, Web-based electronic publishing initiative" funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and MIT itself. It has been created in order to "Provide free, searchable, access to MIT's course materials for educators, students, and learners around the world."
    21. MLX - Maricopa Learning Exchange
      Established by the Maricopa Community Colleges in Arizona the Maricopa Learning Exchange provides users with access to over 500 materials on various subjects. Materials, submitted by users within the Maricopa community college network, ranges from teaching materials and pedagogical tips to links to sites containing educational content. The site has an RSS feed to allow communication of new records. Users are permitted to comment on resources.
    22. National Learning Network: Materials
      The National Learning Network, a government-supported project based in the UK, was inaugurated in 1999 to encourage the adoption of Information and Learning Technology in post-16 education. The NLN collection, which was launched in 2001, exists in order to provide high quality materials with which to encourage this adoption. This collection is intended to eventually contain a large variety of materials, including lesson plans.
    23. PBS TeacherSource
      TeacherSource PBS permits teachers to search for materials that will be useful in their pedagogy. Users are permitted to create a user profile with which they will be recommended resources. Users locate materials through a simple browsing interface that allows them to locate materials according to their educational level and topic
    24. Problem-Based Learning Clearinghouse
      The Problem-Based Learning Clearinghouse is a "collection of problems and articles to assist educators in using problem-based learning." Materials are accompanied by notes and supplementary materials from teachers regarding their uses in the classroom setting. Accompanying materials also include listings of student and teacher resources that may aid in the carrying out of the problem.
    25. Wisconsin Online Resource Center - Wisc-Online Learning Object Project
      Chitwood, K., May, C., Bunnow, D., & Langan, T. (2000). "Battle stories from the field: Wisconsin online resource center learning objects project," in D. A. Wiley, ed., The Instructional Use of Learning Objects: Online Version.
  2. Discipline-specific Repositories
    1. CITIDEL - Computing and Information Technology Interactive Technology Interactive Digital Education Library
      CITIDEL serves to "establish, operate, and maintain a part of the NSDL that will serve the computing education community in all its diversity and at all levels." CITIDEL activities include community development, expanding through workshops knowledge and skills regarding the development and use of online educational content.
    2. CSTC - Computer Science Teaching Center
      Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Association for Computing Machinery Education Board, the CSTC collection consist of roughly over one hundred materials useful in college and graduate level computer science education. Much of the material is not browser based but is downloaded directly and run off the user's system. Metadata for materials are created by users.
    3. Exploratories
      This project, dedicated to producing electronic materials for use within courses has developed 71 Java Applets demonstrating concepts in science and mathematics. The materials are for college and graduate teaching. Materials have no searchable metadata but can be accessed by browsing the project's site.
  3. Global Studies
    1. GEODE - Global Education Online Depository and Exchange
      Is being migrated in early 2007 to new web address Maintained by the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee's Institute of World Affairs
  4. Health and Life Sciences
    1. BIOME
      See Intute
    2. DLESE - Digital Library for Earth System Education
      Funded by the NSF, DLESE provides educators and learners with access to thousands of resources that support Earth system science education. The collection includes resources such as lesson plans, maps, images, data sets, visualizations, assessment activities, curricula, online courses, and other materials. DLESE prioritizes community building, which is reflected in its Web page, containing sections on using online resources in education, news from the fields of earth science and science education and information on resources for professionals within the earth sciences. Resources are contributed by the science and education community individually or as thematic collections, and include both formally reviewed and unreviewed items.
    3. HEAL - Health Education Assets Library
      Conceived in 1998, and having begun its collection development in 2002, HEAL provides "building-block multimedia items such as images, videos, and animations, and textual materials such as cases and quiz questions." Its current prototype collection of over 1,000 materials contains resources useful to medical students and medical professionals. The collection will eventually contain materials of use to all educational levels. The collection currently contains images and interactive tutorials.
    4. SMETE
      a dynamic online library and portal of services by the SMETE Open Federation for teachers and students
  5. Human Physiology
    1. The Harvey Project
      An international collaboration of educators, researchers, physicians, students, programmers, instructional designers and graphic artists working together to build interactive, dynamic human physiology course materials on the Web.
  6. Humanities
    1. Digital Scriptorium
      Conceived as an image database of dated and datable medieval and renaissance manuscripts, intended to unite scattered resources into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research. Has evolved into a general union catalog designed for the use of paleographers, codicologists, art historians, textual scholars and other researchers.
    2. FLORE - French Learning Object Repository for Education
      FLORE is a free repository of French language educational resources. It is meant to help the user find appropriate sites and specific learning objects to learn or teach French. FLORE is designed for faculty and students in post-secondary institutions and it offers over 1000 online resources with annotations such as content descriptions and peer reviews. FLORE differs from online repositories because it contains links to very specific objects such as tables extracted from a larger web site for instance. By using the advanced search function, you can find sites or learning objects that answers your own learning needs.
    3. Humbul Humanities Hub
      See Intute
    4. LearningLanguages.net
      LearningLanguages.net is a portal that brings together online foreign language resources for English-speaking K-12 students and teachers of French, Spanish and Japanese. The project was created and is maintained and enhanced by staff at the Internet Scout Project.
  7. Social Work
    1. The Learning Exchange
      "the world's first digital repository of learning resources for social work education. The content includes interactive games, video clips, case studies, official publications and radio broadcasts, all of which may be used for non-commercial, educational purposes." o Supported by the Scottish Institute for Excellence in Social Work Education Access is free to staff and students of the nine collaborating Scottish Universities.
  8. Science, Math, Engineering and Technology Education
    1. Chemical Education Digital Library
      A collection of digital resources, tools, and online services--your 24:7 aid for teaching and learning chemistry.
    2. EEVL - Enhanced and Evaluated Virtual Library
      See Intute
    3. Math Forum
      One of the oldest collections of learning materials on the Internet, The Math Forum is a leading center for mathematics and mathematics education on the Internet. The Math Forum is a learning repository for both interactive and text-based materials as well as a site for mathematics educators and learners to engage in person-to-person interactions, and discuss and exchange educational products and services. The Math Forum encourages the exchange of educational materials by facilitating dialog and connections among educators.
    4. NEEDS - National Engineering Education Delivery System
      A digital library of resources for educators and learners within engineering. Records are drawn from various smaller collections. Cataloging records contain multiple searchable fields including type of learning resource and publication year. Metadata is based on IEEE LOM. The collection will soon be searchable by user education level and for the existence of peer reviews.
    5. NSDL - National Science Digital Library
      Funded by The National Science Foundation
    6. National STEM Education Distributed Learning
      NSDL is the Nation's online library for education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.
    7. iLumina
      iLumina is a digital library of sharable undergraduate teaching materials for chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, and computer science. It is designed to quickly and accurately connect users with the educational resources they need. These resources range in type from highly granular objects such as individual images and video clips to entire courses. Resources in iLumina are cataloged in the MARC and NSDL metadata formats.
  9. Commercial/Hybrid Repositories
    1. goENC.com
      Formerly the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC) for Mathematics and Science Education