Merlot for Faculty

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  • 11/11/09
  • What is Merlot? 1. It is a multimedia educational resource for learning and on-line teaching. 2. It provides access to incredible academic resources 3. It provides a community for academics in higher education 4, It provides a source for peer-review of academic research and learning materials Why use open source materials? Free sharing means broader, faster dissemination More people become involved in research projects and problem solving Leads to rapid improvement of materials and applied research Free sharing diminishes social inequality It increases publicity, reputation and enjoyment of learning for the sake of learning
  • This is Mary Volmer’s SMC Honors Portfolio page. You can sign up for updates when your students add to their pages!
  • Peer to Peer University
  • The UNESCO Open Education Project
  • Check out this wiki to learn how other Universities are using Open Educational Resources
  • Open Source textbooks!
  • Reference Materials that you can link to your class in order to help students
  • Merlot for Faculty

    1. 1. Merlot Resources for Faculty Carmel Crane, Instructional Technology Manager Saint Mary’s College
    2. 2. Why Use Merlot?
    3. 3. RSS Feeds <ul><li>RSS is an acronym for real simple syndication also known as rich site summary </li></ul><ul><li>RSS feeds provide a way to receive updates on news and websites from sources such as news, blogs and podcasts </li></ul>
    4. 4. How to Subscribe to an RSS Feed in Merlot and Add it to Your Course Site <ul><li>1. Find the subject matter you are interested in learning more about in Merlot: http://www.merlot.org/merlot/index.htm </li></ul><ul><li>2. Subscribe to the feed using your favorite feed reader such as: Gmail, Yahoo Mail or Outlook </li></ul><ul><li>3. Integrate your RSS feed into Blackboard or Moodle </li></ul>
    5. 9. http://www.p2pu.org/Courses
    6. 10. http://oerwiki.iiep-unesco.org/index.php?title=Open_Educational_Resources:_Conversations_in_Cyberspace
    7. 11. http://oerwiki.iiep-unesco.org/index.php?title=Main_Page
    8. 12. http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Main_Page
    9. 13. http://www.google.com/Top/Reference/Education/Instructional_Technology /
    10. 14. http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/top-news/?i=58861
    11. 15. Add an RSS Feed to your LMS A.K.A. Blackboard/Moodle
    12. 16. How to add an RSS to your LMS <ul><li>Find and RSS feed you want to add to your course site </li></ul><ul><li>Copy the URL </li></ul><ul><li>Open Feed2JS Build </li></ul><ul><li>Paste the URL into the appropriate field </li></ul><ul><li>Generate the JavaScript </li></ul><ul><li>Copy and paste the code to place into your site </li></ul>
    13. 17. <ul><li>7. Navigate to your course page where you want to insert an RSS Feed </li></ul><ul><li>8. Create a new “Content Area” and name it </li></ul><ul><li>9. Copy and Paste the JavaScript Code from the Feed2JS code generator </li></ul><ul><li>10. Submit and test! </li></ul>

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