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Open Resources: Merlot

“MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community ( https://www.merlot.org/merlot/index.htm).”    This is a website created and maintained by the California State University System.  Like the OER Commons, its purpose to provide open resource options for educators for free.

Merlot home page

It’s membership qualifications are a bit more complex than the OER Commons because an individual most chose from a series of drop down boxes that then provides other users with a professional profile.  When I clicked I search “periodic table” in Merlot I received the following screen.

Search on Merlot

You can see on the left that the hits were filtered the categories that I specified while creating my free account.  I can see the other members that have used this lesson.  This allows for the sharing of ideas about the lessons listed.  This website also provides a short description of each lesson as well as peer reviews.  I received 140 hits with the search of “periodic table.”  This shows me that perhaps Merlot is used more widely than the OER Commons for my subject area.

One other amazing feature of Merlot is that the teacher can choose the “Learning Exercises” option on the drop down menu.  This provides lessons that are specifically used for learning content in the area chosen. Teachers can use these sources on their websites to provide content at home or supplement lessons from school. For a flipped classroom, this is a dream come true.

Merlot learning resources

 

Like the OER Commons, Merlot allows members to create content to upload.  They use the software, Content Builder.

Merlot reminds of the ERIC database that has been used by educators since the 1990s. It is an online library of resources that allows teachers to help other teachers at no cost.  Merlot is user friendly and it really helps me find valuable resources that have already been filtered and rated.

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~ by dm on March 7, 2016.

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