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Content Repositories

These repositories contain what are called Reusable Learning Objects (RLO). An RLO is a type of online instruction that provides a digital educational resource that can be reused, scaled and shared from a central online repository in the support of instruction and learning. Each RLO supports a single learning objective, which is streamlined into a digital library of RLOs. They vary in size, scope and level of granularity ranging from small chunks of instruction to a series of combined resources to provide a more complex learning experience. You can learn more about RLOs. Learn more about RLOs.

Assessment tools

The Field-tested Learning Assessment Guide provides an overview of classroom assessment techniques and discipline-specific tools that can be adapted for online use.

The Foundation Coalition offers links to concept inventories from multiple disciplines.

The Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative at the University of British Columbia provides “ConcepTest” clicker questions designed by many of the STEM programs at UBC.

The Science Education Initiatives at the University of Colorado at Boulder and UBC provide various course-specific materials, some of which can be used for assessment.


Flickr is an image hosting website that allows users to share pictures and videos with a selected audience.

Use Every Stock Photo to search over 3 million images.

For a repository of free, high quality images, use morgueFile

Compfight is an image search engine that helps you find non-copyrighted images

Learning goals

The Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative at the University of British Columbia provides learning goals established by many of the STEM programs at UBC and at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Learning objects

The Engage Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison provides a variety of tools for creating interactive learning objects.

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Reusable Learning Objects (CETL-RLO) offers a variety of learning objects

The Health Education Assets Library at the University of Utah provides digital materials for health science education

Ilumina is a digital library of sharable undergraduate teaching materials for chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, and computer science

The Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) maintains an extensive collection of peer-reviewed online teaching materials.

The National Science Digital Library includes STEM learning objects

Vanderbilt School of Medicine Learning Objects repository (need student login)

Wisc-Online offers a variety of learning objects for different content areas.

The Physics Teacher Education Program at Illinois State University offers a variety of teaching resources.

The PhET website offers interactive simulations for physics, biology, chemistry, earth science, and math.

Davidson College maintains the Physlets resource page, offering applets to aid in teaching physics.

Grenfell College offers a complementary set of Interactive Physlets for teaching physics.

Multiple types of resources

The Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative at the University of British Columbia maintains a great website with multiple resources, including “how to” guides on learning goals, assessments, clicker questions, etc.

The Science Education Initiative at the University of Colorado at Boulder also has a wide range of resources, including course-specific activities and assessments (see, for example, the tools developed for Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology).

Physics Education Research Central (PERCentral) offers links to important articles, curricula, conference listings and more.


YouTube: Just type what you’re looking to find. If that doesn’t work, try permutations.

TED: Some of the most incredible talks and demonstrations imaginable in the fields of technology, entertainment, design, global concerns, and science are available here.

Academic Earth: It offers amazing online videos in many disciplines. The downside is that many of them are long. You should preview them and use segments.

Make Use Of has a list of six sites with links to sample classes.

Kahn Academy: More than 4,500 micro-lectures covering almost any topic.

Teach with Movies provides matching assignments/uses and access to video clip for $1 per month ($11.99 per year)

Clips of famous movie speeches:

THE TOP 100 SPEECHES is an index to and substantial database of full text transcriptions of the 100 most significant American political speeches of the 20th century, compiled by Stephen E. Lucas and Martin J. Medhurst.

Search movies by mood, plot, genre, time period, place etc. with these sites:

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