Learning Resources Material Types

Below are definitions of various Material Types that can be selected during the upload process for both the “Primary Material Type” field and the “Other Material Type” field.

  1. Animation: Allows users to view the dynamic and visual representation of concepts, models, processes, and/or phenomena in space or time. Users can control their pace and movement through the material, but they cannot determine and/or influence the initial conditions or their outcomes/results.
  2. Assessment Tool: Assessment tools and activities for measuring outcomes.
  3. Assignment: Activities designed to be used as a task for a student to complete. Could be based on a learning object in MERLOT.
  4. Case Study: Illustrates a concept or problem by using an example that can be explored in depth.
  5. Collection: Any collection of learning materials such as web sites or subject specific applets.
  6. Development Tool: Any tool used for development of web sites, learning objects, or anything used to develop materials.
  7. Drill and Practice: Requires users to respond repeatedly to questions or stimuli presented in a variety of sequences. Users practice on their own, at their own pace, to develop their ability to reliably perform and demonstrate the target knowledge and skills.
  8. ePortfolio: A collection of electronic materials assembled and managed by a user. These may include text, electronic files, images, multimedia, blog entries, and links. E-portfolios are both demonstrations of the user’s abilities and platforms for self-expression, and, if they are online, they can be maintained dynamically over time. An e-portfolio can be seen as a type of learning record that provides actual evidence of achievement.
  9. Hybrid/Blended Course: 
  10. Learning Object Repository: A searchable database of at least 100 online resources that is available on the Internet and whose search result displays an ordered hit list of items with a minimum of title metadata. What is not a LOR: a webpage with a list of links.
  11. Online Course: A material that is designed to be used in an online course.
  12. Online Course Module: A series of module comprised to use in a course..
  13. Open Journal – Article: A journal or article in a journal that can be submitted to MERLOT.
  14. Open Textbook: An openly-licensed textbook offered online by its author(s). The open license sets open textbooks apart from traditional textbooks by allowing users to read online, download, or print the book at no additional cost.
  15. Presentation: Any material intended for use in support of in-class lectures/presentations. Lecture notes, audio visual materials, and presentation graphics such as PowerPoint slide shows that do not stand alone are examples.
  16. Quiz/Test: Any assessment device intended to serve as a test or quiz.
  17. Reference Material: Material with no specific instructional objectives and similar to that found in the reference area of a library. Subject specific directories to other sites, texts, or general information are examples.
  18. Simulation: Approximates a real or imaginary experience where users’ actions affect their outcomes. Users determine and input initial conditions that generate output that is different from and changed by the initial conditions.
  19. Social Networking Tool: A site that allows users to communicate with others, create bookmark collections, share notices and get connected with others.
  20. Syllabus: an outline of the subjects in a course of study or teaching.
  21. Tutorial: Users navigate through electronic workbooks designed to meet stated learning objectives, structured to impart specific concepts or skills, and organized sequentially to integrate conceptual presentation, demonstration, practice and testing.
  22. Workshop and Training Material: Materials best used in a workshop or tutorial for the purpose of teaching others about learning and teaching online, demonstration, practice, and testing.
  23. Other: