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.

General Repositories

Discipline Specific Repositories


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).

This activity is part of the Spotlight on Repositories section of the Curator Module.

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7 Responses for this Activity

  • Curating Open Educational Resources to Support Learners
    by Lynn Chartrand (@lynn_chartrand)

    With the cost of education on the rise, it’s great that there are so many Open Educational Resources(EOR)available for our students. This gives them an alternative to purchasing costly textbooks. As always, educators must be cautious when selecting EORs. We should ensure that the resources selected are relevant and accurate. I have selected a few more… »

  • Free education is where its at!
    by Pamela Koski Bryant (@BryantKoski)

    These are amazing sites with great, ‘open’, information about a ton of topics!!! This has been extremely helpful 🙂

  • Curating Content Using OER
    by Mel Young (@melyoung00)

    Finding quality OER for the context in which you need it proves to be a challenge; however, you can find needles in the haystack by using proper search terms and narrowing down searches using filters.

  • Find Your Fit
    by Sidney (@data_professor)

    For this activity I am going to go through the process of three OER that I could potentially use in a course. I actually went through this activity last summer when looking for an open source text for a course. I searched through many resources until I came across the perfect book. I finally found more… »

  • OER for Porter’s Five Forces
    by Irene Stewart (@IrenequStewart)

    OER sampling of materials available to support teaching and learning of Porter’s Five Forces, a model for Strategic Management

  • Find Your Fit: Going Down the Rabbit Hole
    by Steven Secord (@stevensecord)

    In this blog post I discuss the Rabbit Hole Effect of curating resources from OER repositories. I also share three resources that I found in my trip down this rabbit hole.

  • Curation as course web site
    by Helen DeWaard (@hj_dewaard)

    I’ve been a curator for some time. When I’m prepping a new course, I create a course website and map out the course content as a curation of resources for the students. This is the starting point for our class or module conversations and a springboard for deeper learning. Since these are openly accessible, the more… »

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