MERLOT Programs and Projects
COMPASS: MERLOT's Strategy for Institutions' Academic Support Services
Collection - Community - Consultation - Customization Of MERLOT Partners’ Academic Support Services
Among MERLOT’s goals is to ease the burden on campus personnel in their planning and implementation of academic technology. The same principles of reuse and not reinventing the wheel that have been applied to faculty-centered services are being applied to services for academic administrators and leaders. MERLOT can help find ways to align with the work they are already doing and make their work more successful and take less time. For more information, visit the COMPASS page.
Mobile Learning with MERLOT
MERLOT has developed a Mobile Learning portal, designed to encourage our community of users to develop strategies and plans for using mobile devices in teaching and learning; to choose “best practices” for faculty and staff to design and use mobile applications; and to find existing mobile applications that can be reused and/or adapted for instructional purposes. To see the portal, go to http://mobilelearning.merlot.org.
In addition, is developing mobile OER search apps for both Android and iOS devices. Go to http://taste.merlot.org/Mobile/MobileSearchApps.html for more details.
Essential components of MERLOT are its underlying technologies. MERLOT works with its partner communities to continue to improve and evolve these infrastructure components and make them available in various ways to the MERLOT partners and others. Technologies include our RSS feeds, Federated Search, Blackboard Building Block and Web services. Go to http://taste.merlot.org/merlottechnology.html for all the details. For specific information on our Web Services, visit http://taste.merlot.org/MERLOTWebServices.html.
MERLOT is designed to support communities of faculty and instructors working together to identify and use (as well as develop) good online resources for teaching and learning.The collaboration within and across the discipline communities that make up MERLOT has been the essential ingredient that has helped MERLOT meet the needs of faculty, staff, administrators and other MERLOT users.
MERLOT Content Builder
As a MERLOT member, members have full acess to the Content Builder tool to create learning materials. For more information about using the MERLOT Content Builder, go to http://taste.merlot.org/Programs_and_Projects/ContentBuilder.html. The MERLOT Content Builder is a web page development tool that is integrated with MERLOT, and is directly accessible by registered and logged in members from the MERLOT homepage or a members profile page. It is an easy-to-use template-based tool for creating web pages. Complete, multiple page websites including a navigation bar, containing text, imported documents, and uploaded photos and videos can be created in the Content Builder.
ELIXR is intended to develop and test new collaborations amongst faculty development centers and online resource repositories. The goal is to create innovative models for the development, sharing and use of discipline-oriented resources which illustrate exemplary teaching practices and which also support faculty with exemplary learning objects to help implement those practices with their students.
The Global Learning Objects Brokered Exchange (GLOBE) is a consortium of online services and tools that will provide an integrated search of learning objects for individuals and educational institutions worldwide. The consortium will 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. For more information and a list of the founding members, including MERLOT, go to http://taste.merlot.org/globe.html.
Institutional Teaching Commons for MERLOT Partners
In collaboration with the MERLOT Project Directors and Editors, MERLOT has developed a service to enable MERLOT Partners to easily, effectively, and inexpensively customize and sustain the infusion of MERLOT services into their institution. MERLOT’s Institutional Teaching Commons services is a partner-only benefit and will enable the MERLOT Project Directors to bring greater value back to their own institutions and become more successful stewards of MERLOT services.
For more informaton, or to obtain the teaching commons package for your institution, contact the MERLOT Webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org To see examples of other Teaching Commons that have been started through the CSU, visit http://www.merlot.org/merlot/communities.htm and select from the Partner Communities drop down.
Learning Management Systems
MERLOT provides innovative LMS opportunities to systems to present instructional materials to students for learning and online teaching. MERLOT has determined that through the marketing efforts of the leading LMS vendors, our collection and services will be exposed to hundreds of thousands of higher education instructors and their students, worldwide.
Authoring Strategies within the MERLOT Community
MERLOT has never promoted any particular learning material development processes, but has often been asked for recommendations regarding methodologies and tools for instructors to use to create such learning materials. In order to address this growing requirement, MERLOT has formulated authoring strategies to build an understanding and foundation for those interested in developing online learning materials to select from among free, open access tools or proprietary, commercial ones. These strategies also suggest tools for novice as well as more experienced users. For more information, visit the initiative page at http://taste.merlot.org/Programs_and_Projects/authoringstrategies.html.
As part of our Authoring strategies, MERLOT has partnered with SoftChalk, a developer of content authoring software for eLearning. This strategic partnershiop will support the discover, distribution and sharing of eLearning digital resources. Go to http://taste.merlot.org/Programs_and_Projects/softchalk.html for more information.
Open Textbooks Project
Open textbooks are typically authored by faculty and published on the web with the support of universities, non-profit organizations, or new commercial companies. This new business model enables free online access to textbooks. Open textbooks are usually governed by Creative Commons licenses that enable users to download, customize, and/or print the textbook without expressed and prior written consent of the author. New commercial companies provide free access to the textbook content online, while charging lower prices for print products and supplemental services. The inclusion of advertisements can also be a condition of an Open Textbook. For more information and details on the Open Textbook Initiative, go to http://taste.merlot.org/opentextbooks.html.
revised 7/09/12 BBS
* As of November 1, 2009, the Carnegie KEEP Toolkit is now the MERLOT Content Builder.