Issue No. 19, Fall 2010

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2010 MERLOT Conference – Emerging Technologies for Online Learning

2010 conference bannerThe Emerging Technologies Symposium, July 20-23rd in San Jose, California is MERLOT's inaugural partnership conference with the Sloan Consortium and MoodleMoot.

The 2010 conference will have 120, forty-minute regular sessions and ninety-minute panel sessions, plus posters. Register before June 30 for the Early Bird registration price at

The conference is being held at the Fairmont San Jose hotel. The rate is $135 per night, and California State employees are tax exempt when providing appropriate identification. Room registration is at:

Three Conference Keynote Addresses

ellen wagnerEllen Wagner is Executive Director of WCET (, a cooperative association of like-minded institutions, vendors, and educational stakeholders looking to advance excellence and accelerate adoption of innovative technology-enhanced teaching and learning practices and policies in higher education. Ellen is the former senior director of worldwide eLearning, Adobe Systems, Inc. and was senior director of worldwide education solutions for Macromedia, Inc. prior to working in software solutions marketing and product development.milton chen


Milton Chen has worked at the George Lucas Education Foundation for 12 years as executive director and became senior fellow in early 2010. GLEF produces a multimedia website ( showcasing 21st Century schools, as well as Edutopia magazine and documentary films. Milton was education director at KQED-San Francisco (PBS), research director at Sesame Workshop, and an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

lisa dawleyLisa Dawley, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Technology at Boise State University. With over 20 years of experience in teacher education research, practice, and policy, Dawley provides innovative leadership in the design and pedagogy of virtual environments for teaching and learning. She co-founded EDTECH Island, a virtual world resource supporting international teacher education and is a member of the MERLOT Virtual Worlds Taskforce.

Conference Preview Webinars

Free previews of the conference will be presented on:

  1. Tuesday, May 18 - 2:00 PM Eastern – Introduction of speakers and symposium partnership with Moodle, Symposium overview and Moodle Featured Sessions; Kevin Kelly and Marc Oehlman, from Moodle.
  2. Tuesday, June 15 - 2:00 PM Eastern – Discussion of symposium partnership with MERLOT, and MERLOT Featured Sessions; Cathy Swift and Sorel Reisman from MERLOT
  3. Tuesday, June 23 - 2:00 PM Eastern - Discussion of the Virtual Symposium and the types of sessions that will be provided by Sonic Foundry.

Register at:



Out and about with MERLOT: MERLOT Classics Series

With the assistance of Elluminate, MERLOT had several webinars featuring MERLOT Classics winners who demonstrated their resources. Past webinars include:

  • Bernard RobinEducational Uses of Digital Storytelling (2009 Faculty Development)
  • David Hill and Lila RobertsDemos with Positive Impact (2008 Math)
  • Jan CheethamConnecting Concepts (2008 Biology)
  • Carl BlythTexas Language Technology Center (2009 World Languages)
  • Jack Censer and Lynn HuntLiberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution (2008 History)

During these sessions, the author of the material explained the resource and provided a tour. Any of these recordings would provide an excellent faculty development program, particularly for instructors in the discipline. However, each is so outstanding that even those not schooled in the discipline can appreciate the effort that went into producing an exemplary learning material. Links to the recorded sessions and information about the upcoming session and instructions for attending can be found at:



SREB Report on Use of Digital Educational Resources

A new report has been released by the SREB Educational Technology Cooperative. An Expectation of Sharing: Guidelines for Effective Policies to Respect, Protect and Increase the Use of Digital Educational Resources was prepared by the SCORE Working Group on Digital Content Rights. Phil Moss, MERLOT Director of Educational Partnerships and Planning, served as a consultant to SREB and participated in writing the report as a member of the working group. The report is intended to help promote state and campus policies that would encourage sharability and use of open educational resources. To view the full report visit:



line features

Become a Peer Reviewer for MERLOT


MERLOT GRAPE Camp, a series of three webinar training sessions focusing on the MERLOT peer review process, is open to anyone wishing to do peer reviews for MERLOT. The June GRAPE Camp sessions are Thursdays (June 3, 10, & 17) at 12 PM Eastern/9 AM Pacific. Sign up at or contact Cathy Swift at



Update on the MERLOT community


Open Textbook Initiative

MERLOT has been collaborating with the CCOTC (Community College Open Textbook Cooperative), funded by the Hewlett Foundation, to ensure that free textbooks are added to the MERLOT collection. open text book initiativeThere are now over 840 open textbooks in MERLOT - check out the collection. The textbooks are of varying quality, ranging from scanned copies to online, interactive, material.  The California State University is leading a major initiative, Affordable Learning Solutions, where open textbooks are one option for replacing  hardcopy textbooks. For more information about Open Textbooks, visit


MERLOT Place on YouTube

screenshot of merlot videoVisit MERLOT's YouTube channel. MERLOT's YouTube channel has been completely re-organized to make it easier to find useful videos related to teaching and learning. Some of the main topics are: Understanding MERLOT, How to Use the MERLOT website, Why Join MERLOT?, Improve Teaching and Learning with MERLOT, and others. Visit the site at



JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching - March issue now available online!

The March issue of JOLT is available for viewing. It contains 27 papers from authors around the globe. Although this is our largest issue to date, only about 1/3 of the 70 papers submitted for this issue were accepted for publication. Our thanks go out to Co-Editors Ed Perry and Michelle Pilati who have worked hard to make the journal so successful. Great work, Ed and Michelle and your Editorial Board. Some recent changes include an RSS feed, a Twitter account and a Facebook account.

If you have an article "in the making" be sure to contact Ed Perry ( or Michelle Pilati ( to learn how to publish in JOLT. JOLT also welcomes new reviewers. For more information about the journal and to view the Guideline for Authors, visit

The MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT) is also seeking additional reviewers for its peer review panel. Like all scholarly journals, JOLT's success depends heavily on its panel of dedicated individuals who are involved in online education themselves and who are willing to provide critical reviews of papers submitted for publication consideration. The review process is quite straight-forward, and most reviews can be completed in an afternoon or two. If you would like to be considered for a position on the JOLT peer review panel, please submit a brief curriculum vitae and a note indicating your main areas of interest to



tech update

TLT Group FridayLive! Webinar: Catching the Wave - An Introductory Exploration of Google Wave (May 21, 2010)

Chuck Ansorge, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Bonnie Mullinix, TLT Group, will conduct this 1-hour webinar on exploring the educational potential of Google Wave. For more information and to register visit:

eLearning Africa's 5th International Conference on ICT (May 26, 2010)

eLearning AfricaeLearning Africa's 5th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training will be held at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka, Zambia. For information visit:


TLT Group FridayLive! Webinar: Professional Development 2.0: Social Media and Personal Learning Networks (June 25, 2010)

Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University, will conduct this 1-hour webinar on educational uses of social media and personal learning networks. For more information and to register visit:

3rd International Symposium on Academic Globalization (June 29 - July 2, 2010)

AG 2010 will be held in Orlando, Florida. For information visit:

Educause Southeast Regional Conference (June 2 - 4, 2010)

This year's Educause Southeast Regional Conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia. For information visit:

2010 New Media Consortium Summer Conference (June 9 - 12, 2010)nmc logo

The 2010 NMC Summer Conference will be held in Anaheim, California. For information visit:

2010 Sakai Conference (June 15 - 17, 2010)

sakai logoThis year's conference will take place in Denver, Colorado. For information visit:


Call for Papers: JALN - Special Issue on Open Educational Resources (Deadline: June 15, 2010)

The Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks invites submission of papers for
a special issue focusing on Open Educational Resources (OERs). OERs are
learning materials that are made publically available for free to be used,
modified, and redistributed in original or modified form.

This special issue will explore the phenomenon of Open Educational Resources.
Papers should present a research study, an analysis, or detailed case study of
OERs, including data where possible. Papers might focus on the evolution,
present situation, or expected future of OERs. Examples of possible topics

  • Inhibitors and incentives to creating and using OERs
  • Methods and issues in finding and using OERs successfully
  • Quality control and collection management for OERs
  • Implications of OERs for online education
  • Intellectual property issues
  • Social media and OERs
  • Collaborative construction of educational materials

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2010.
To submit a paper, please review JALN guidelines and submit papers to Greg Hislop of Drexel University and Heidi
Ellis of Western New England College will serve as guest co-editors for this
special issue.

For more information, visit:

Online Teaching Conference 2010 (June 16 - 18, 2010)

The 2010 Online Teaching Conference will be held in San Diego, California. For information visit:

11th Global Information Technology Management Association (GITMA) World Conference (June 20 - 22, 2010)

The 11th annual GITMA conference will be held in Washington D.C. For information visit:

American Library Association 2010 Annual Conference (June 24 - 29, 2010)

The ALA 2010 Annual Conference will also be held in Washington D.C. For information visit:

2010 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference (June 27 - 30, 2010)

The 2010 ISTE (formerly known as NECC) will be held in Denver, Colorado this year. For information visit:

8th International Conference on Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications (June 29 - July 2, 2010)

EISTA 2010 will be held in Orlando, Florida. For information visit:

ED-MEDIA 2010 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (June 29 - July 2, 2010)

ed-medial logoThe 2010 ED-MEDIA World Conference, organized by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), will be held in Toronto, Canada. For information visit:

Desire2Learn Fusion 2010 Conference - Architects of Education (July 11 - 16, 2010)

fusion 2010The Fusion 2010 Conference will be held in Chicago, Illinois. For information visit:


Blackboard World 2010 (July 13 - 16, 2010)

This year's Bb World conference will be held in Orlando, Florida. For information visit:

International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 2010 Conference (October 19 - 22, 2010)

issotl logoThe 2010 ISSTL Conference will be held in Liverpool, United Kingdom. For information visit:


16th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning (November 3 - 5, 2010)

Sloan Consortium invites you to submit a presentation for the 16th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning: "The Power of Online Learning: Stimulating New Possibilities" by May 3rd. The conference will be held in Orlando, Florida.

The conference strongly encourages presentations that report on online and blended learning research, theory, and practice at all levels. Proposals that address blended learning, issues of diversity, and international applications of online learning, open educational resources, social networking, online learning and community colleges, and/or K-12 online education are especially encouraged. An abstract can be submitted for one of the following Program Tracks:

  • Learning Effectiveness
  • Technology and Emerging Learning Environments
  • Student Services and Learner Support
  • Faculty Development
  • Professional Development and Workforce Training
  • Leadership, Values and Society
  • K-12 Online Education

In addition to submitting a proposal, Sloan invites you to submit a proposal for a pre-conference workshop. Sloan is looking for intensive, in-depth, highly interactive sessions that explore key issues, tools, and subjects in great detail. The pre-conference workshop format allows for more detailed descriptions and walkthroughs during the quieter time before the conference. For more information visit:

WCET 2010 22nd Annual Conference (November 11-13, 2010)

WCET's annual conference, held in La Jolla, California this year, is the premier professional development event in the field of eLearning.  Attendees gain practical solutions, expand their professional networks, and have the opportunity to influence future WCET initiatives. MERLOT will be featured in a session that will be led by Sorel Reisman, Managing Director of MERLOT.  Panelists include Vicki Suter, Director, California Virtual Campus, California Community Colleges; Andrea Gerstenberger, Principal Analyst and Project Director, University of California Office of the President Health Sciences and Services; and Eli Shmueli, Director, MEITAL, the Israeli Inter-University Center for e-Learning. For more information on the conference, go to



Upcoming Events

Want to add images or videos to your Content Builder webpage?


Adding images and videos to your Content Builder webpage is easy! (But make sure you have permission to use those images or videos!) If you are a registered MERLOT member you can access the Content Builder from the MERLOT homepage or from your profile page. In the editor, click Edit Box where you'd like to add the images or videos.

edit box

Then click on the Add/Edit Image tab at the top of the popup window. Click Choose File, and select the image you'd like to upload from your computer. Then enter Alternative Text for your image, any optional information you'd like, and click Save Image.

add or edit an image

To add a video, click the Add/Edit Video tab, browse to the video you want to add from your computer (20MB maximum), and click Save Video. Or, to add a video from a video sharing site such as YouTube, copy the embed code (usually beginning with "<object") provided by the video sharing site and paste it into the field provided. Add any optional information you'd like and click Save Video.

add or edit a video

For more on adding and editing images and videos check out our QuickStart Guide here.

To learn more about the MERLOT Content Builder visit:

- Webmaster



The Numbers

In case you were wondering what goes on in MERLOT, here are some statistics to give you a sense of Member activity.

As of May 1, 2010 here's what's in the MERLOT collection:

  • Learning Materials – 22,853
  • Peer Reviews - 3,093
  • Member Comments – 7,270
  • Personal Collections - 16,212
  • Learning Exercises - 1,406

How reliable are the links to materials in MERLOT?

  • Of the 22,853 materials in MERLOT, [99.5%] of the links are valid*
    (*We are constantly fixing broken links to valuable learning materials, and you can too. If a material link doesn't work, just click on Report Broken Link to let us know!)

How many people are using MERLOT?

  • MERLOT had 51,946 visits in the month of April 2010

What are the top 10 countries using MERLOT?

1. United States  6. India
2. United Kingdom  7. Malaysia
3. Canada  8. Australia
4. Chile  9. Mexico
5. Philippines 10. Spain




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