Other Useful Resources

Blended Learning Toolkit

The Blended Learning Toolkit is a series of tools, resources and applications which will advise and facilitate the staff use of Blended Learning. Most of our staff will find a link named ‘Support’ on their desktop.

Free tools and web resources, both internal and external are listed. In the case of any software downloaded to your local PC, please ensure you have the correct rights to install it, and you comply with the individual licence conditions. The links are to the homepages for these tools or web resources, so you may have to install (or have installed for you) downloaded software.

Note that currently we are unable to offer training or detailed support for the majority of these applications.

External Reusable Learning Objects

Repository NameDescription
Merlot Peer-reviewed RLOs.
MERLOT is a free repository of over 16,000 learning objects.
  • Access by creating a free user account.
OpenLearn Learning SpaceA collection of resources from the Open University. Note that units are quite lengthy, eg 4 hours, 12 hours.
  • Register for free resources.
Centre for Excellence in Teaching & Learning in Reusable Learning Objects RLO–CETL is a HEFCE-funded repository of learning objects that can be accessed by anyone.
  • Freely accessible — no password needed.
Anatomy.tv via FINDitGraphics objects bank of 3D human anatomy models.
  • Located under e-Databases within FINDit.
    TasiTechnical Advisory Service for Images.
    • Online resources.
    • Links to other online resources — note that individual copyright restrictions may apply.
    • Information on good practice in using images online, including copyright issues.
    Please read Tasi’s: Information for new users
    University of Cambridge, Universities’ Collaboration in eLearningRLOs — mainly for Health sciences.
    • Freely accessible — no password needed.
    MathcentreMathcentre provides a range of materials on many different branches of maths. These include guides, practice and revision materials, video tutorials, workbooks and online practice exercises.
    Health Education Assets LibraryHEAL is a digital library of assets (images, learning objects, presentations, videos etc) for health science educators and learners in a range of fields in health science, including medicine, nursing and pathology.
    • HEAL assets are freely available for use under the Creative Commons licence.
    • HEAL is a contributory library, so you can join (for free) and contribute your own work to the collection.
    Intute via FINDit Search the Internet page“…a range of free support materials for staff in universities and colleges to use to help raise the standard of Internet research and information literacy in their own institutions.”
    • “You are welcome, with correct accreditation, to copy or adapt these materials for educational purposes.”
    Martin Greenhow’s Maths RLOsUseful links to materials for mathematics.
    SONETRLOs for nursing students.

    Other Useful Learning Resources

    NameDescription
    OdeoMillions of free MP3s, podcasts etc under various topics, eg business, science, technology, politics.
    Stock.xchngPhotographs available under Creative Commons licence.
    • Free to sign in and create your own username/password.
    Note that most pictures are available for use without charge but may carry conditions such as giving accreditation or notifying the owner or usage. Pictures in the bottom section of the search results window are often of a higher quality but usually require payment for reuse.
    MorgueFilePhotographs available under Creative Commons licence.
    • Free to sign in and create your own username/password.
    Note that most pictures are available for use without charge but may carry conditions such as giving accreditation or notifying the owner or usage.
    Microsoft Office Online Clip ArtAccess to Microsoft’s online repository of more than 150,000 free images and sounds.

    Getty Museum has put 4,600 high-res images of pieces of art in the public domain for all to use as they wish. Requirements: must acknowledge the museum, must state purpose when downloading.

    Rijks Museum has also released images of artwork for reuse. Requires a sign-in.

    General Support Resources and Information

    NameDescription
    Creative CommonsFor information about how the Creative Commons system works.
    The HEA SNAS Online DatabaseResources to support new academic staff.
    The HEA Subject NetworkThe HEA subject Network.
    Pedagogic PlannerA Jisc-funded resource to help academic staff:
    • identify learner needs;
    • design learning activities; and
    • assess learning outcomes.