Resources about Online Learning Objects/Learning Materials

MERLOT - Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching

MERLOT provides links and descriptions for higher education online materials that faculty and students can use by linking to the original source. Learning objects include simulations, multimedia presentations, tutorials, quizzes, case studies, lectures/presentations and reference materials. A portion of the resources are peer-reviewed. Search by subject, topic, or type of material. Membership is free.


Shodor Educational Foundation works to advance math and science education by using computational science, technology, and modeling. Search here for curriculum materials that are math and science related or interdisciplinary. The Shodor project is supported in part by the National Science Foundation.

Connexions is a repository of open educational resources that enables content to be shared, modified, and reviewed. Content as learning objects/modules are published under a Creative Commons license so others are given some rights for use and give attribution to the creator. Look here for learning modules (small units of educational material limited to one topic.) Learning objects can be used in online courses, hybrid courses, and supplementary resources for classroom courses.

The Global Learning Objects Brokered Exchange (GLOBE) - "an international consortium that strives to make shared online learning resources available to educators and students around the world. The consortium provides a distributed network of learning objects that meet quality standards. GLOBE aims to connect the world and unlock the ‘deep web’ of quality online educational resources through brokering relationships with content providers."

Prolearn - "Our mission is to bring together the most important research groups in the area of professional learning and training, as well as other key organisations and industrial partners, thus bridging the currently existing gap between research and education at universities and similar organisations and training and continuous education that is provided for and within companies.