Links to Collections of Instructional Resources


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Exploration Guide:   Collections,
Repositories, Referatories of
Instructional Resources on the Web

Here are some links to Collections, Repositories, and Referatories of instructional resources available through the Web:

Collections of Collections of …
Educational Resources Information Center
 “…. largest education database in the world-containing more than 1 million records of journal articles, research reports, curriculum and teaching guides, conference papers, and books. “
The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Center for International Education has a collection of links to “learning objects collections,” related organizations, a bibliography, etc.
National Science Digital Library
The comprehensive source for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.  Funded by the National Science Foundation.”
"Will be" "...testbed of linked and interoperable learning object repositories across Canada and provide leadership in the ongoing development of the associated tools, systems, protocols, and practices that will support such an infrastructure."
Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL)
is “ informal national alliance working to build strong learning environments for undergraduate students in mathematics, engineering and the various fields of science.”                                                                                             This site provides annotated Web links to instructional materials and other resources of interest to Chemistry teachers and course designers. The links are carefully selected to represent what this author considers to be the most useful and exemplary resources. Special emphasis is placed on CAI lessons, digital text, Web-based tutorials and similar materials that can serve as alternatives to traditional methods of instruction."
Resources to Help Faculty and TA's Develop Online Pedagogy  from Harvard's "iCommons" project  ["Some sites listed limit participation to their respective university communities."] iCommons is a collaborative project between many of Harvard's schools coordinated by the Office of the Provost. The iCommons project brings together academic software developed at Harvard's schools and creates an integrated platform from these modules to support Harvard faculty with online resources to support teaching.
The TLT Group offers an introductory selection of MANY links to “Open Source” or “Open Course” collections of instruction-related resources. 

Collections of Instructional Resources
LTA (Low-Threshold Application/Activity) of the Week!
Library of hundreds of ideas for improving teaching and learning with technology, organized around "Seven Principles of Good Practice for Undergraduate Education." Many of these activities are LTAs.
MERLOT is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. Links to online learning materials are collected here along with annotations such as peer reviews and assignments.
CAREO is a project supported by Alberta Learning and CANARIE that has as its primary goal the creation of a searchable, Web-based collection of multidisciplinary teaching materials for educators across the province and beyond. CAREO (Campus Alberta Repository of Educational Objects) is being undertaken jointly by the Universities of Alberta and Calgary in cooperation with BELLE (Broadband Enabled Lifelong Learning Environment), CANARIE (Canadian Network for the Advancement of Research in Industry and Education), the University of Calgary Health Education Cluster project, and as a part of the Campus Alberta initiative.
Maricopa Learning Exchange.   Online service to help Maricopa Community College faculty share resources with one another, and with the larger world.
The Harvey Project
“An international collaboration of educators, researchers, physicians, students, programmers, instructional designers and graphic artists working together to build interactive, dynamic human physiology course materials on the Web.”
National Institute for Science Education  "Enhancing the first science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning experiences for all college students." - a project of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research
Educause offers a set of items from its publications and other sources on the subject of “learning objects.”
The XanEdu digital and print publishing services for faculty – in fact, a collection of publications intended to be used as part of digital coursepacks.
Provides standards-based, rigorously reviewed Internet content and professional development material in a variety of disciplines for K-12 teachers and students through the United States. Its teacher-maintained search engine searches by keyword, producing a high ratio of relevant "hits."
"The Library of Crop Technology ... presents unbiased, research-based information through lesson modules focused on plant genetics, genetic engineering, and biochemistry. These lessons are composed of text enhanced with images, animations, a hyper-linked glossary and quizzes. Extension educators, journalists, businesses, college professors and high school teachers from around the world have used these lessons."

The 3 Most Valuable Collections of All for a Faculty Member
The recommendations of those colleagues or librarians who have already thought about some of your instructional needs and who are willing to help with your Web search for ways of improving teaching and learning.
Your own growing collection of Web links to instructional resources that you have found useful for yourself and for your students.
The instructional resources that you are willing to recommend to others – along with any pre-requisites, caveats, warnings and encouragement you can provide.  (Based on your own searches and what you are learning from using what you have found.)



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