Selected Learning Objects by Discipline and Topic

In today’s digital age, there is an abundance of open educational content online. There are repositories that contain free simulations, games, tutorials, practice drills, sample syllabi and more. These materials can help enhance teaching and learning in your courses.

At the same time, finding the right learning object can pose a challenge.  To help with this issue, the FCPE has created this Learning Objects Wiki which contains high-quality learning objects, organized by discipline. In addition to helping faculty locate learning objects, we are also available to discuss how to best integrate them into your course or we will even collaborate with you to make original learning objects to meet your needs.  Please contact the FCPE at or at 516-877-4221 for more information.

Art/Art Education

  • Google Art Project
    The Art Project is a unique collaboration between Google and some of the world’s most acclaimed art institutions to enable people to discover and view artworks online in extraordinary detail.

  • Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s timeline is a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world.

  • Khan Academy's Smarthistory
    Smarthistory is a free and open, not-for-profit, art history textbook. Part of the Khan Academy, Smarthistory uses multimedia to deliver unscripted conversations between art historians about the history of art.

  • MetPublications
    MetPublications is a portal to the Met's comprehensive publishing program with close to 1000 titles on Art History.

  • MoMA Learning
    MoMA Learning is your destination for tools and strategies for engaging with modern and contemporary art. Download and customize slideshows, worksheets, and other resources for use in the classroom or for independent study. Find follow-up questions, hands-on activities, and other opportunities for enrichment beyond the traditional classroom setting.


  • Animated Tutorials: General Biology
    This site has numerous animations covering the common topics of an introductory Biology course. The most complete animations have a step-through mode with text descriptions of each step in the animation, a narrated version of the animation, and two to four multiple choice quiz questions at the end.
  • Biology Simulations
    From the showcase of the Molecular Workbench (MW) site. More importantly, MW is a modeling tool for designing and conducting computational experiments across science. It provides an authoring system to create and publish model and simulation-based curriculum materials.

  • Cells Alive!
    This site provides interactive information about cell components, cell division and related worksheet and online quiz.

  • DNA Roulette - from Stanford at the Tech Understanding Genetics
    Play this fun game to learn how genes and the environment work together to determine who you are. From the same site, there are other interactive and fun activities helping students learn about genetics.

  • Learn.Genetics - The Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah
    The site includes high-quality interactive educational materials (including four virtual labs) on genetics, bioscience and health topics.

    In addition, the accompanying site Teach.Genetics provides resources to educators, including PDF-based Print-and-Go activities, unit plans and other supporting resources.

  • Virtual Labs
    Interactive multimedia and simulations content on human physiology with extra topics in anatomy and neuroanatomy.

  • Zygote Body (formerly Google Body Browser)
    A Web application that lets users explore a high resolution, interactive 3D model of the human anatomy--from the skin down to the nervous system.


  • DB Squared
    Relevant to students of human resources management, this white paper addresses best practices in compensation management and analysis.

  • SWOT Analyses report from Adelphi Library's database
    Detailed SWOT Analyses of various companies can be found through the Business Source Complete (Ebsco) database. For example, here is the list of SWOT Analysis reports for Google.

  • SWOT Analysis for Small Business
    Overview of three levels of SWOT analysis for small business beginners who want to just do it, intermediates who want a more sophisticated analysis, and advanced for the intellectuals in the crowd. Also included are links to a couple applications of SWOT analysis.

  • WikiSWOT
    Free research and analysis resource with hundreds of SWOT analyses covering a wide range of industries and companies. You can also create your own SWOT analysis using the SWOT Generator on the site.


  • Chemistry Simulations
    This showcase includes simulations on Thermodynamics, States of Matter, Chemical Bonds, Water and Solution, and Reactions. All the simulations are created with the modeling tool Molecular Workbench (MW).

  • Introduction to the Atom from Khan Academy
    This is the first video from Khan Academy's series of videos on Chemistry, which covers a first-year high school or college course.

  • Molecule Shapes
    Explore molecule shapes by building molecules in 3D. You can find out how molecule shape changes with different numbers of bonds and electron pairs by adding single, double or triple bonds and lone pairs to the central atom. You can then compare the model to real molecules.

    From the same site, there are many other chemistry simulations which you can embed into your course with the embed code provided.

  • Virtual Chemistry Labs from ChemCollective
    An online simulation of a chemistry lab. It is designed to help students link chemical computations with authentic laboratory chemistry. The lab allows students to select from hundreds of standard reagents (aqueous) and manipulate them in a manner resembling a real lab. Offline downloads of the lab are also available.

    The ChemCollective site is a collection of virtual labs, scenario-based learning activities, tutorials, and concept tests. Teachers can use our content for pre-labs, for alternatives to textbook homework, and for in-class activities for individuals or teams.

Criminal Justice

  • Catching Killers
    The Catching Killers game asks players to try to catch a serial murderer on the loose. The murderer can be caught by generating leads, correctly following up on leads, and correctly analyzing evidence.

  • CSI: The experience
    This game are designed to teach students the process of forensic investigation and problem solving through five cases of increasing difficulty level. The site also provides accompanying educator's guides such as content overview, quizzes, classroom activities.

Data Literacy

  • Google Public Data Explorer
    The Google Public Data Explorer makes large, public-interest datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate. As the charts and maps animate over time, the changes in the world become easier to understand. The interactive charts can be embedded on your own webpages or Moodle course and will be updated automatically.



  • The Literacy City - Bay Area Literacy Map
    This interactive literary map of San Francisco celebrates the region’s storied past and tracks its ever-evolving present with descriptions and locations of independent booksellers, writers’ passages about places that fired their imagination, and dozens of landmarks.

Environmental Science

  • Animations for Environmental Science
    Animations that demonstrates basic concepts and principle in Environmental Science.

  • Ecology Lab
    This simulation lab allows you to "build your own" ecosystem, and explore the effects of interrelationships between species.

Foreign Languages


  • American History Timeline: 1876-1999
    See how the histories of Indians, women, African Americans, and labor have continued to be a key part of the American story from the Centennial to the end of the 20th Century.

  • Museum of the City of New York Collections
    These rich primary and secondary sources found on the City Museum's online Collections Portal range from archival photographs of people and places to political cartoons and colorful lithographs.

  • National Hispanic Heritage Month
    The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

  • The Literacy City - Bay Area Literacy Map
    This interactive literary map of San Francisco celebrates the region’s storied past and tracks its ever-evolving present with descriptions and locations of independent booksellers, writers’ passages about places that fired their imagination, and dozens of landmarks.

Information Literacy



  • Musopen
    Free recordings of performances and sheet music of the works of more than 150 composers.
  • Keeping Score
    A comprehensive website full of educational materials about composers, scores, musical techniques, and symphonies.

Nursing/Public Health

  • Assessing Blood Pressure
    This learning module presents the proper technique and common errors associated with assessment of blood pressure. The program includes audio of blood pressure sounds, interactive simulations, and self-assessment tools.
  • Cardiology Virtual Lab
    This virtual lab will familiarize you with heritable diseases of the heart. Learn about the diagnostic tools used to examine and diagnose patients.

From the same site, there are more Virtual Labs in Biology and/or Nursing and other interactive teaching materials such as animations, multimedia tutorials.
  • Heart Sounds Lessons
    Those Online courses provide text, audio, dynamic waveforms and animated cardiac videos for many heart murmurs.

  • Interactive Health Tutorials from NIH
    Interactive tutorials in the following categories: Diseases and Conditions, Tests and Diagnostic Procedures, Surgery and Treatment Procedures and Prevention and Wellness.

  • Outbreak at Watersedge- A Public Health discovery game
    A simulation game shows a variety of people involved in halting an outbreak. The players receive case files, maps, visit locations, take samples and draw conclusions. Players not only try to solve the case, but learn about public health careers.

  • Solve the Outbreak - iPad App from CDC
    Free iPad app that puts you in the shoes of a member of the Epidemic Intelligence Service.

  • Tox Town
    An interactive introduction to toxic chemicals and environmental health risks you might encounter in everyday life, in everyday places. 


  • PhET
    A collection of simulations and virtual labs focusing on first-year college physics and other science disciplines.

  • Scale of Earth and Sun from Khan Academy

Political Science

  • Explore the map of US immigration trends
    Interactive map showing immigration data since 1890.

  • Future States
    Collection of 20 to 30 minute dramatizations that project possible futures for the U.S. and American society. Very thought provoking and will generate significant class discussion.

  • Scoring Africa - Tracking the Development of a Continent
    Using the following interactive infographic, you can see how African Countries score against one another on a scale from 0 to 100 on a range of economic, social and security factors. The infographic can be easily embedded into a course page with the embed code provided.

  • Where U.S. Workers Come From
    Interactive map showing foreign-born workers by occupation or country of origin.