GLOBE (Global Learning Objects Brokered Exchange) is a consortium of online services and tools that provide an integrated, worldwide search of learning objects. The consortium was formed to provide a distributed network of learning objects that meet quality standards. By sharing the resources through a federated search, strategic alliances and technical interfaces need only be made once, but all of GLOBE benefits from these partnerships.
The GLOBE alliance was established among the following founding members: the ARIADNE Foundation in Europe, Education Network Australia (EdNA Online - Australia), eduSourceCanada (Canada), Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT - US), and National Institute of Multimedia Education (NIME - Japan). These organisations have committed to work collaboratively on a shared vision of ubiquitous access to quality educational content. These include:
- K-12 schools and institutions.
- Higher education institutions
- Vocational education and training institutions to satisfy accreditation standards
- Corporate training programs
- Publishers to provide managed distribution of their learning materials to large and select audiences
- Digital library organizations that need low maintenance access to highly reliable, high quality (authentic, localized) learning content and need to provide enhanced services to their constituents by searching of other digital libraries.
Read the Press Release
Read an interview of Shimizu Yasutaka, President of the National Institute of Multimedia Education (NIME) and Professor Emeritus at the Tokyo Institute of Technology by EDUCAUSE Vice President Diana G. Oblinger about NIME, about IT in Japanese colleges and universities, and about issues facing higher education worldwide.
Revised June 2, 2008