MERLOT has 19 material types to help you identify your submission. Select the type that most closes matches the material. This field is required for the submission process. The material types that can be assigned to a material include:
• Animation: An animation is a dynamic and visual representation of concepts, models, processes, and/or phenomena that allow users to view, on their own, such processes in space or time. Users can control the pace of the visual presentation and can step backwards and forwards through the processes being viewed, but cannot determine and/or influence either initial conditions or outcomes/results of the visual presentation.
• Assessment Tool: Assessment tools and activities for measuring outcomes.
• Assignment: Activities designed to be used as a task for a student to complete. Could be based on a learning object in MERLOT.
• Case Study: Illustrates
a concept or problem by using an example that can be explored in depth.
• Collection: This can be a sampling or collection of web sites or a collection of subject specific applets for example.
• Development Tool: Any tool used for development of web sites, learning objects, or anything used to develop materials.
• Drill and Practice: Activities that require users to respond repeatedly to questions or stimuli presented in a variety of sequences. These exercises allow users to practice on their own and at their own pace and to develop the ability to reliably perform and demonstrate knowledge and skills.
• ePortfolio: A collection of electronic materials assembled and managed by a user. These may include text, electronic files, images, multimedia, blog entries, and links. E-portfolios are both demonstrations of the user's abilities and platforms for self-expression, and, if they are online, they can be maintained dynamically over time. An e-portfolio can be seen as a type of learning record that provides actual evidence of achievement.
• Learning Object Repository (LOR): A searchable database of at least 100 online resources that is available on the Internet and whose search result displays an ordered hit list of items with a minimum of title metadata. What is not a LOR: a webpage with a list of links.
• Online Course : A course that is taught completely online and can be accessed through a provided URL.
• Open Journal- Article : A material or article found in a journal
• Open Textbook: A textbook for online teaching and learning that is found online, not in print.
• Presentation: Any material intended for use in support of in-class lectures/presentations. Lecture notes, audio visual materials, and presentation graphics such as PowerPoint slide shows that do not stand alone are examples.
• Reference Material: Material similar to that found in the reference are of a library. This can include subject specific directories to other sites, texts, or general information. The material here has no specific instructional objectives.
• Simulation: A
simulation involves participation in an approximation of a real or imaginary
experience where their actions effect the outcome of the activity. Users
must determine and input, on their own, the initial conditions of some
dynamic scenario or set of circumstances that generate an output that
is different from and changed by the initial conditions. It
is also an engine that drives the dynamics of the learning module in accordance
with specific rules and that simulates real phenomena.
• Social Networking Tool: A site that allows users to communicate with others, create bookmark collections, share notices and get connected with others.
• Tutorial: Sequentially
organized information and activities with specific instructional objectives
structured to integrate conceptual presentation, demonstration, practice,
and testing to teach specific concepts or skills. Users
navigate through electronic workbooks to study, practice, and be tested
on information designed to meet stated learning objectives.
• Quiz/Test: This
can be any assessment device intended to serve as a test or quiz.
• Workshhop and Training Material : Materials from or for training. This could include workshop materials that are avaialble for use in a class.