The Resources section provides annotated learning links to e-learning resources on the Web. These resources are broadly categorized by their primary offerings. The annotations describe the type of Web site and what resources can be found there (but make no claims for their use - see our Web site disclaimer link on the home page).

Digital Repositories

Wikimedia Commons - A database of over 4 million freely usable audio and/or visual media files (to which anyone can contribute) in the public domain or otherwise limited use with licensing information.

Wikiversity - A database of learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning.

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) - Web-based resource of all MIT course content: free lecture notes, exams, and videos from MIT.

Internet Archive - Internet library with historical collections that exist in digital format, includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages. The Internet Archive: Moving Image Archive on that same site contains movies, films, and video, and the Prelinger section includes early films from the Prelinger Archives.

MERLOT - is an online community that has a Learning Materials sections with samples of digital learning materials and lessons. Educational materials are available for Arts, Business, Education, Humanities, Mathematics and Statistics, Science and Technology, and the Social Sciences. Instructional material types include Animation, Case Study, Collection, Drill and Practice, Learning Object Repository, Lecture/Presentation, Online Course, Open Journal-Article, Open Textbook, Reference Material, Quiz/Test, Simulation, Tutorial, and Workshop and Training Material.

Perseus Digital Library - an online digital library collection of humanities resources.

Project Gutenberg - an online digital library collection of free e-books, audio books, CD and DVD content, and digitized sheet music.

ibiblio - an online digital library meta-collection of free e-books and other media resources (from other digital libraries).

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E-Learning Tools

Capture and Interactive Authoring Presentation Software

Camtasia - Screen/Image/Video Capture and Interactive Authoring software (Windows and Mac) for Flash and other media formats. Free limited-term trial software download available

Captivate - Adobe e-learning authoring software that creates Flash-based interactive presentations. Free limited-term trial software download available (Windows).

WIX - free Web-based service to create Flash-based Web sites.

Google SketchUp - free software for Windows and Macs to build 3D models.

Course managment and discussion software

Blackboard - (fee) Web-based CMS e-learning authoring and delivery software that is very popular with educational users. A free trial version is available.

SchoolOne CMS for K-12 - (fee) Web-based CMS software service geared for the K-12 market (note: demo requires Flash plugin). - open source (free) Web-based CMS software.

Nicenet CMS - the Nicenet non-profit organization offers a (free) Web-based CMS service with many features similar to Blackboard and other "for-fee" software. It offers free online CMS Web space for instructors and courses for students.

Language Support

Yamada Language Center Language resources available on the Web: links to WWW sites, language-related newsgroups and mailing lists, and font archives.

On-line Chinese Tools This is a site (in English) that uses Java applets to provide Chinese language learning, fonts, annotation, translation, and computer/Web utilities. It provides English, Pinyin, and Chinese ideographic characters.

e-Assessment tools

Exam Builder:

Hot Potatoes Software:

Question Mark:

Teacher Tap Teacher Tools - puzzles, quiz and activity builders:

Web-based survey tools



Wufoo (form builder can be used for online surveys):

Note: Google Docs tool supports online surveys.

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E-Learning Examples

These Web-based environments and the content have been by developed by Program House and used as the basis for college-level courses, corporate training, and/or seminars.

Here are examples of early Program House e-learning projects that grew out of teaching and research interests.

Quest For Knowledge

The QFK e-learning environment provides a cognitive odyssey through the ideas, practices, and artifacts of ancient to contemporary culture. Its goal is to gain deeper understanding of fundamental issues in learning, teaching, and the representation and use of knowledge. This program is composed of two complementary parts:

  1. Quest For Knowledge Web - An interlinked set of cases of ancient ideas, practices, and artifacts. Follow cues for reasoning from these cases to our contemporary concerns. Shared understanding is built through Web-based discussion forums, mailing lists, and other cognitive artifacts.

  2. Quest For Knowledge Study Abroad - a study abroad program in selected countries. In 1998, Quest For Knowledge explored Greece and its culture of learning.


The Palimpsest e-learning environment provides an historical, social, and cognitive exploration of the palimpsest - a shared artifact of learning, interaction, and collaboration. This tradition is examined in ancient manuscripts and its benefits for e-learning are explored through interactive hypermedia on the World Wide Web.

Tiddlywiki. is an experimental microcontent WikiWikiWeb built by Jeremy Ruston. It is kin to the popular read-write Wiki applications, but it is distinct in its form as a portable, read-write Web site contained in one HTML file. Doc's Tiddlywiki. is a early-stage work-in-progress educational use of Ruston's tiddlywiki template. This limited version is being used to evaluate user acceptance and ease-of-use and to provide a brief introduction to its use.

The compact, transparent, and mobile capability of this type of wiki may prove useful for making course materials such as a syllabus more portable and interactive. Based on the work of Ed Coll, Asst Prof, Computer Science at Kauai Community College, Hawai'i, a syllabus contained in a single wiki of this type could be used to collaboratively refine it when teaching a course for the first time or to fine-tune it to meet individual learner differences. In extended application, this single file wiki could carry the syllabus and assignments, including student assignment responses. Students could save the syllabus wiki on their laptops and use it as the basis for their course assignment work, including responding to the assignment within the wiki. When assignment work is completed, students can upload the wiki or send it as an email attachment to the instructor for review and comments. This can be iterated as many times as needed.

Online courses offered through accredited schools and certified training providers abound, but here are a few online learning sites that provide a more home-grown perspective on how individuals and organizations can support learning and schools.

CyberSchoolBus - the United Nations "CyberSchoolBus" site provides information and interactivity for students and educators as part of a global teaching and learning project.

Dave's ESL Cafe This site is designed for ESL/EFL teachers and students. It supports a chat room, discussion forum, mailing list, FAQ, e-mail, and other applications of technologies for learning.

KIDLINK: Global Networking for Youth through the age of 15 Kidlink encourages kids around the world to talk to each other online. They also provide informal meeting places for teachers, coordinators, parents, and others interested in kids.

Odyssey Online provides an educational journey using museum objects from the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. Children can make their own discoveries about the objects from the Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome.

ThinkQuest - a global network of students, teachers, parents, and technologists exploring youth-centered learning on the Net.

UNICEF Voices of Youth Home Page is a web site maintained by UNICEF in New York City where students, educators and community meet to discuss education related to global issues such as children and work, children's rights, etc.

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E-Learning Information

ALN Web - This site is sponsored by the Sloan Organization and is an information interchange for researchers and practioners in the field of asynchronous learning. There is an online journal as well as a magazine.

Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine Computer-Mediated Communications Magazine is a monthly electronic magazine that covered several areas of interest for Cognitive Scientists, Educators and Students.

elearningpost is a Web-based digest of daily links to articles and news stories about e-learning.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) provides free access to publications, surveys, data tools, fast facts, school search, and reports related to education.

The United States Distance Learning Association promotes distance learning for education and training in Pre-K through grade 12 education, higher education, home school education, continuing education, corporate training, military and government training, and telemedicine.

U.S. Department of Education provides a portal to educational research, statistics, evaluation, and assessment sites.

Virtual University Gazette - a Website and email newsletter providing information about distance learning offerings in higher education.

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E-Learning Course Directories - search for online graduate programs by discipline/degree. Learning - find certification and degree-based program courses using this popular directory service.

DANTES Distance Learning Program - helps military service members find useful distance learning information and approved online courses.

UNESCO Portal for e-learning - a newly established site to promote access to education resources in different regions of the world (in different languages).

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Internet Resources

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