Why look for international learning objects if there is plenty of choice already in your own national language or in your own national repository?
A simple search on the web returns a lot of learning objects, unfortunately these are not often useful for teachers in another country.
Yet looking beyond national borders can result in a lot of opportunities.
A learning object can be of good quality, yet not be useful for teachers and learners in other countries. Some supplemantary characteristics will make that learning object valuable in an international context.
Let’s define criteria for learning objects that travel well.
The home page of the MELT/LRE portal highlights some resources considered by users to travel well.
Ex1 Nuclear power plant: http://www.nek.si/
Ex2 Normandy 1944: http://search.eb.com/dday
Ex3 Maths software: http://www.bookcase.com/library/software/win3x.math.undef.html
From these examples we can deduce some characteristics that make a learning object interesting from an international point of view. Of course the general characteristics that make learning resources high in quality apply.
Additional criteria are: