In practice we promote re-usability, flexibility, and the sharing of resources. How do our current practices actually support these desired outcomes within an international context? Observation within a discipline may show that learning materials are autonomous by design. Why? The argument presented in this paper is that academics are subject to their own cultural understandings and rules which lead to questioning the usability of learning materials in the first place. To afford usability of learning materials it is proposed that a collaborative multi-cultural approach be explored for their development.