Web-Based Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching 1 Web-Based Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching in Higher Education: The MERLOT Project
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AbstractMERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) is a Web-based open resource designed primarily for faculty and students in higher education that aims to alleviate the difficulties in locating relevant materials of high quality. The resources in MERLOT include learning materials and support materials from a wide variety of disciplines that can be integrated within the context of a larger course. Support resources attached to materials include sample assignments and evaluations of the learning materials, and help faculty members identify learning materials that are high quality and pedagogically appropriate for their courses. Evaluation materials include discipline panel peer reviews and individual user reviews. The resources in the MERLOT repository currently include 8,500 free learning materials and support materials. The number of registered individual members who can add teaching-learning materials, comments, and assignments to the MERLOT collection has exceeded 13,600. The paper presents an overview of the MERLOT and its current state. Keywords: Web-based learning, online teaching, peer review evaluation.