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Free Learning Objects

This wiki is intended to be a place that educators and students can find free, public domain, and Creative Commons licensed materials that can be used both in the traditional face-to-face classroom and the ever-growing online classroom. Although there are many other free resources available, this wiki focuses primarily on rich media, including photos, videos, animations, and music files.


Although there are provisions for use of digital images and media covered under fair use guidelines, the scope of these provisions becomes somewhat narrower when instruction is moved from the face-to-face classroom to the online classroom. While the Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act attempted to loosen some of the restrictions imposed on distance education, there are still provisions that may limit the instructor's legal use of rich media. It is important that instructors in distance education become acquainted with the TEACH Act and other copyright and fair use laws that govern the use of rich media in their online classes.

In addition, many instructors may not be aware of the many free resources that are available to them through public domain, Creative Commons licensing, and other free mediums. By listing resources here, instructors may find resources that are of value to them and may enhance their courses through the use of these materials.

Find Learning Objects

Search in the categories listed and find learning objects and other items that can be used to enhance your instruction.

Giving Credit

Most of the sites listed in this wiki ask kindly that you give some attribution to their site, or to individuals who have produced materials on their sites. Please research each site's policies on giving credit and include those credits wherever you use the materials. If you have students using this site, please encourage them to give credit.

What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons tools give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work. For you to effectively use materials that are licensed through Creative Commons, you need to have an understanding of what the licenses mean. You are encouraged to view information about the licenses http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ (Opens in New Window) and explore the rest of Creative Commons for more information.

Your Contributions are Welcome

You are encouraged to submit sites that may useful to educators, but please do some research before submitting. Please be sure that the site(s) you submit:
  • Provide their resources without charge
  • Own the copyright to the materials they provide or are providing resources that are in the public domain. Or, if they do not hold the copyright to the material, they provide information on how to contact the holder of the copyright.
  • They provide easy identification of copyrights and usage restrictions if they have collections by multiple contributors with varying copyrights or usage restrictions
  • Allow users to distribute the resources to learners, by copying and reposting or retransmitting the resources through the use of a CMS, LMS or other course medium.
    • If copying and reposting or retransmitting are not allowed it should be clearly stated in the Terms of Use or other legal notices on the site.
    • If copying and reposting or retransmitting are not allowed, that the site provides easy, direct linking to the resources provided.
  • When recommending a site to be added, please include the URL of the home page site and the URL of the page that lists terms of use or similar information.

Sharing this Site

You are welcome to share this site with others. There is no membership fee or registration required. Anyone who is involved in education and is willing to abide by the terms of use of the sites listed is welcome to browse this site.. Please do not strip out this site or otherwise harvest the links here to create your own site or directory. You are welcome to link to this site from your own web pages, cite it in your blogs, or otherwise post the URL to those who might find it useful.


Although we attempt to only provide site links to sites that provide public domain, Creative Commons licensed, or other copyright-free materials, it is still up to you to verify that you can legally use the materials you find on the sites linked from this site. Learning Technology Services, Learning and Information Technology, the University of Wisconsin-Stout and the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents take no responsibility for any intentional or unintentional violation of copyright laws by users of this site. Also, this site is operating under an understanding of copyright laws of the United States. If you are accessing this site from another country, your copyright laws may be different and you are encouraged to investigate the copyright laws of your country before using materials from the linked sites.

The information presented here is intended for informational purposes only and nothing in this page or other pages included in this site should be construed or relied upon as legal advice. Your Campus Legal Counsel should be consulted regarding the specific facts and circumstances associated with any legal matter.

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