Learning objects

The Linked Heritage Learning Objects (Los) are  multimedia digital lesson units, with specific learning objectives, that can be reused in different courses and translated in different languages.

They are 8 “peer to peer”  open educational resources with high quality content developed by Library-Information-Sciences and Cultural-Heritage professionals useful for professional update by their peers within Lifelong Learning initiatives. They are  addressed mainly to entry-level users but they offer also advanced readings and further materials.

The Linked Heritage LOs are part of a comprehensive training programme focused on key aspects of the Linked Heritage project: Europeana, aggregation, metadata standards, linked data, permanent identifiers, multilingual terminology and public-private partnerships.

The training programme was drawn up by a large multi-country and multilingual team from across the Linked Heritage consortium, co-ordinated by the University of Padova Library Centre (CAB).  The team consists of educators, content experts, instructional, visual and multimedia designers, system administrators, usability and accessibility testers, translators.

Audios and videos included in the Linked Heritage LOs were produced thanks also to the support of music composers and performers, multimedia project experts,  young IT experts, photographers, camera operators, set designers and illustrators, who devoted their talents, availability and work to the project for free.

The 8 LOs are available in English. Some of them were translated into the following languages: Bulgarian, French, German, Greek, Italian, Latvian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish.

The CAB team produced, in addition to the Learning Objects, two multimedia resources devoted to the dissemination of the project results:

  • Video presenting the Linked Heritage Virtual Learning Environment and the first two Learning Objects created: “PIDs:What if?” and “Digitisation Life Cycle”


  • Stopmotion animation promoting Europeana which was also included in the Linked Heritage Learning Object “Why and How to contribute to Europeana”.


  • and a set of postcards describing the aims and the intended audience of each LO.

Learning object: Digitisation Life Cycle
Learning object: Linking Cultural Heritage Information
Learning object: Mint services
Learning object: Persistent identifiers
Learning object: Persistent identifiers. What if?
Learning object: PPP with Europana
Learning object: Terminology
Learning object: Why and How to contribute to Europeana

Futhermore the University of Padua carried out the following activities:

  • Upload of the “EU project: Linked Heritage” Moodle course in the LOs repository FreeLOMS  (Free Learning Object Management System - CNR, Palermo) aimed to create an environment where teachers and education professionals can produce and share their Learning Objects. The project was developed within the EU-funded projects "SLOOP:Sharing Learning Objects in an Open Perspective" and "SLOOP2DESC".

LH in FreeLOMS:

  • Creation of the Linked Heritage training material Web page in MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and online Teaching - California State University), "a free and open peer reviewed collection of online teaching and learning materials and faculty-developed services contributed and used by an international education community.