Networking and Collaborating with MERLOT: Using a Leading Edge Resource to Support Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Jeanne Sewell (Georgia College & State University, US)
Laura Franklin (Northern Virginia Community College, US)
Session Information
July 11, 2011 - 9:00am
Session Type: 
Pre-conference Workshop AM
Session Duration: 
1/2 Day - 3 Hours
Virtual Session
Session Chair: 
Taryn Chase Jackson

This session is designed as a 3-hour preconference workshop. MERLOT resources ( assist faculty and faculty developers to network, gather resources, and collaborate with others using emerging technologies and social media/networking tools. Two MERLOT editors, going into their second decade with MERLOT, will show participants how to find the best of the collection, and then build collaborative personal collections to support their courses, faculty development activities, and joint projects. Users will gain skills doing the following:

  • Building a profile in the Member Directory
  • Creating a personal collection of learning resources and discovering personal collections of other users
  • Networking and building communities with other MERLOT users using the Member Directory and MERLOT Voices
  • Utilizing the MERLOT Virtual Speakers Bureau
  • Utilizing the MERLOT Content Builder
  • Accessing information about the MERLOT African Network (MAN), open educational resources (OER), and open access (OA) to scholarly publications.
  • Using MERLOT learning resources with SoftChalk


MERLOT is a free and open community of resources, designed primarily for faculty, staff, and students of higher education around the world. It is designed as a leading edge collection of peer-reviewed learning materials that are contributed and catalogued by registered members. MERLOT provides a social media experience for users with MERLOT Voices ( MERLOT Voices allows members to share in community conversations, create and customize their own Voices page, share videos related to online teaching and learning. Similar to other social media websites, members can invite others to join and participate.