Repositories abound with learning objects, from the smallest (e.g., graph, article) to the largest (e.g., captured lectures, entire courses) shared by colleagues from around the globe.
Some offer objects for all disciplines, and others are discipline-specific, often having grown from one department at one institution with a commitment to sharing its knowledge and then allowing it to grow beyond its borders. The ones listed below are full introduced in the Spotlight on Repositories section of the Curator Module.
- MERLOT – https://www.merlot.org/
- CORE – https://core.ac.uk
- eCampusOntario Open Textbook Library – https://openlibrary.ecampusontario.ca
- MIT Open Courseware – https://ocw.mit.edu/educator
- Public Domain Review – https://publicdomainreview.org
Discipline Specific Repositories
- Mathematics and Sciences (University of Colorado at Boulder) – https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations
- Nursing (Montgomery College) – http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/edu/department.aspx?id=8522
- Business (MIT Sloan School) – https://mitsloan.mit.edu/LearningEdge/simulations/
- English as a Foreign Language (Open Education Database) – http://oedb.org/ilibrarian/50_essential_resources_for_esl_students/
- Humanities (Harvard University) – http://justiceharvard.org
- Open Culture – http://www.openculture.com
Take some time and explore the repositories listed to find resources that are connected to your course content or interests.
- Try out the search strategies you’ve practiced. Rather than just using your normal vocabulary, consider synonyms and terms other educators and experts may have used. Feel free to jot down your search strategies. HINT: A mind map is a great tool to plot your search and ensure you cover all the bases.
- Pay close attention to which of the repositories have advanced search capabilities, and explore how you might optimize those capabilities.
- Once you have spent some time exploring the resources, curate three (or more) OERs to support learners’ understanding of an element or concept for a course.
- Add a response to this activity by listing the OERs that you found, including their web address, and how each one would support learners’ understanding of an element or concept for a course (use the link for the best one in the example entry field for the response).
Example for "Find Your Fit":