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Repurposing Teaching Materials for Self-Directed Learners in Online Courses

Time: Please visit the current Events Calendar for the workshop schedule or inquire at
Location: IRC 210

Guideline and Resources for Repurposing Teaching Materials as Digital Learning Objects


Keep it short and strategic. The outcomes of learning objects should be single-minded so that they could be

  • flexible when integrating with other objects and
  • meaningful when students' interaction with the objects need to be assessed.
  • Use software that you are familiar with to get started.
  • Save your learning objects in file formats that allow convenient play back on different computing devices and platforms, i.e. html, pdf, mov, mp4, mp3, etc.
  • Use materials that you can share the copyrights (i.e. Creative Commons) or create your own.
  • Repurpose or share learning objects with other authors (i.e. MERLOT).
  • Use cost effective online reading resources over a text book


  • Practice universal for learning (UDL). Consider using a variety of media or technologies to present your information or activities to motivate participation and expression from all students.
  • Comply with accessibility. Provide alternatives or supplements to your learning objects so that they will support a variety of learning styles and specific learning abilities.

Examples of practice of accessibility:

  • Provide text file (and/o audio file) versions for your learning objects such as speaker notes, script or captions for your narrated video clips.
  • Create alternative texts for your images, including charts and diagrams, that are not decorative.
  • Use heading styles to prioritize your information in the contents
  • Convert files to a file format that would enable text-to-speech easily such as html, pdf, etc.