Planning successful course content can be a challenging process, requiring the consideration of student outcomes, organizational goals, spiritual goals, and other program and student-related issues. How information (facts, concepts, processes, procedures, principles) is sequenced does, indeed, affect student learning.
The Internet can be an excellent resource for learning materials for your courses whether you teach face-to-face or online. The following repositories may be helpful for you to consult when searching for pedagogical helps, drills, case studies, presentations, or tutorials. Searching by discipline may help you narrow the field.
Supported by a consortium of colleges, universities, and state systems, the digital resources are free and open to any users. Designed for higher education, the database includes links to more than 10,000 online learning materials, many with peer reviews, assignments, and ratings.
Federal Government Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)
This contains numerous educational resources, which include teaching ideas, instructional activities, photographs, maps, audio files, digitized paintings, lesson plans.
This is one of several repositories that contain high-quality photographs for educational as well as commercial use.
As a network for teaching and learning materials, the site offers engagement with resources for curriculum alignment, quality evaluation, social bookmarking, tagging, rating, and reviewing.
Wisconsin Online Resource Center
This digital repository contains more than 1,000 learning objects which are categorized for uses within certain higher education curricula. The image categories include business, general education, English as a Second Language, health, professional development, adult basic education, technical courseware.
Regent's Online Media Assets database.
Did you know that "the Fair Use Clause" of the US copyright law makes allowances for the educational use of copyrighted material without the users' having to pay for it? Perhaps you did... But did you know that Fair Use is not a right and for a work to fall under the Fair Use umbrella, certain key criteria first need to be met?
Here are just a few:
- Any piece used MUST directly achieve a specific educational objective of the course. A video clip can't just be shown if it's not pertinent to the course.
- Entire contents of a textbook cannot be scanned into a PDF file to give to students. For large sections of text content, the publisher must be contacted.
- Any used content must be inside the Blackboard course from which you are teaching and available only to enrolled students. If used content is openly available on the internet, then it's no longer being used in an educational context.
- Imagery found on the internet doesn't automatically mean it can be used in a course. Images must be copyright free.