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Learning Objects

In today’s digital age, there is an abundance of open educational content or “learning objects” online. There are repositories that contain free simulations, games, tutorials, practice drills, sample syllabi and more. These materials can help enhance teaching and learning in your courses. At the same time, locating the right learning object can pose a challenge.  To help with this, the FCPE has curated a list of learning objects, organized by discipline within this Learning Objects Wiki.  Browse the list or add your own resources to the collection. Once you find materials you would like to use, the FCPE is available to discuss how to integrate them with your teaching.

List of Learning Objects Repositories

Applied Math and Science Education Repository: NSF and National Digital Library funded Math and Science educational resources built specifically for use by those in Community and Technical Colleges, but free for use by all.

Connexions: Open source educational content repository.

Fathom Archives: No longer being developed, but still available as an archive; a Columbia University curated collection of multi-disciplinary lectures, interviews, articles and performances contributed by scholarly consortium members.

FCPE’s Learning Objects Wiki: Explore the list of learning objects, or contribute your own.

Harvard University Library Open Collections Program: Six subject-specific virtual collections of thematically linked material selected from numerous Harvard’s libraries, archives and museums.

History Matters: A gateway to History resources on the web, created by the American Social History Project / Center for Media and Learning, CUNY.

Khan Academy: A non-profit educational organization that provides a library of over 2,700 instructional videos on topics ranging from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history plus 289 practice exercises.

Merlot: User-centered collection of peer reviewed, higher education, online teaching and learning materials.

MIT Open Courseware: Open access to MIT course content.

National Science Digital Library: NSF’s online library of interactive resources for the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education community.

NY Times Blogs: Topic news blogs on current issues

Open Courseware Consortium: Free and open digital access to quality higher ed materials and courses developed by worldwide community of hundreds of higher education institutions and associated organizations.

PBS Teacher Source: Geared towards K-12 teachers but with links to some materials that could be adapted for college courses.

PBS – Learning NOW: Education blogs – A huge collection of podcasts organized by subjec.

Science Podcast from the “Scientific American Magazine”: Podcasts

Smarthistory: A media-rich, free and open, online Art History “textbook” developed and edited by art historians Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker, with Dr. Juliana Kreinik and others.

Social Innovation Conversations – A Conversations Network Channel: Podcasts

Stephen’s Web: A blog about the use of online media in education

Ted Talks Videos: A collection of video lectures sponsored by TED (a non profit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading”). TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. The “talks” are multi-disciplinary and are generally given by charismatic luminaries in the areas of technology, education, entertainment, science, business, “global issues” and design.

Wikipedia: Online encyclopedia

YouTube: Online videos of varying quality. Targeted searches can reveal valuable resources including short documentaries, keynote addresses from academic conferences, etc.

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