Learning about Digital Learning Materials

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On August 9 instructional design librarian John Shank (Penn State Berks) talked about digital learning materials (DLMs).  At the risk of oversimplification DLMs are web-based, interactive multimedia items designed to meet specific learning objectives.  Examples include games, simulations, and tutorials.

They can engage students and reinforce learning.  A quality DLM needs to have: 1) an interactive component; 2) components for more than one modality;  and 3) an assessment component.

Where can you find such objects?  Here are some collections:

Wisconsin Online (WISC-ONLINE)

PRIMO (Peer Reviewed Instructional Materials Online)

MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Teaching

OER (Open Educational Resources) Commons


You can also find via such sites as PBS or the Discovery Channel.  Don’t forget websites for government, such as NASA, as well.

Try some of these out for yourself and see if you can find materials to match your objectives.  That is the way to learn about digital learning materials.