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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Library of Learning Objects

I do a lot of work with organizations funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). My work as an evaluator provides me the opportunity to see the high quality work these organizations produce.

One of the NSF funded organizations, Wisc-Online has created a large database of online, multimedia learning objects on dozens of topics. There are even social networking aspects such at "write a review" and "tell a friend" built into the library. You need to register to view the items but their is no cost to check them out and see if they would be of value to you.

As the web site states:
The digital library of objects has been developed primarily by faculty from the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and produced by multimedia technicians who create the learning objects for the online environment.
These objects can be used by other organizations. Currently they have 2093 objects online and about 90 under development.

These learning objects cover topics such as:
  • Math
  • Science
  • Health
  • General Education
  • Technical Subjects (HVAC, Plastics, Welding, Forklift Safety)
  • Business Subjects (Quality, Accounting, Business Law)
  • And many, many more

You can gain access to other learning objects developed under the direction of Terry Bartelt of Fox Valley Technical College on the topic of Electromechanical Devices, Systems and Applications.

If you are involved with creating online technical training or educating students in technical topics, you owe it to yourself to check out this web site and sign up to use these objects. Even if you teach other topics, there is probably at least one object that will meet your needs.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...


I work for an elearning firm in Bangalore, India. We are looking at building a database of off the shelf content providers for different industry verticals. Would you know any content providers who have domain related content on retail / manufacturing / healthcare? Would be a great hekp if you could let me know. As mentioned we are not looking at custom course development, only off the shelf providers.