MERLOT Classic Award Winners - 2010
The MERLOT Awards program recognizes and promotes outstanding online resources designed to enhance teaching and learning and to honor the authors and developers of these resources for their contributions to the academic community.
Each of the MERLOT Editorial Boards selects an outstanding resource from its discipline to receive the MERLOT Classics award. The winners of the 2010 awards were honored with a ceremony at the Emerging Technologies Symposium, jointly sponsored by MERLOT and Sloan Consortium on July 21, 2010 in San Jose, California.
Virtual Transgenic Fly Lab - Donna Messersmith - Howard Hughes Medical Institute
The virtual lab allows students to explore the techniques used to make transgenic flies. Transgenic organisms, which contain DNA that is inserted experimentally, are used to study many biological processes. In this lab, students create a transgenic fly to study circadian rhythms.
eClips@Cornell - Deborah Streeter - Cornell University
eClips amounts to a “virtual panel” of experts, to be used to stimulate discussion, illustrate concepts, and create a real-world feel in teaching entrepreneurship. The flexibility of having clips (as opposed to feature-length video) allows the instructor to intersperse the digital video material with the text-based or discussion-based exposition in the classroom.
Periodic Table Live! - John Moore - University of Wisconsin
This web site is an interactive periodic table that is amazingly comprehensive with a vast array of high quality data about every element. This is the most useful and effectively designed web site associated with the periodic table that has been entered into the MERLOT collection.
Guide to Grammar and Writing - Charles Darling - Capital Community College
This is a multi-faceted online resource for English writers. It furnishes information on all levels from basic sentence structure to writing research papers. This site can be used as either a teaching resource or for independent study. It is complete, self-contained, and generally easy to use. A suggestion for teachers is to create worksheets or specific assignments to guide students through specific segments of this site.
Brief Hybrid Workshops on Teaching Well - Ray Purdom - University of North Carolina - Greensboro
This website offers everything you need to run your own Brief Hybrid Workshop. Each Brief Hybrid Workshop package of materials a complete faculty development modulette in a nutshell that is well-developed but sharply focused, portable, and requires 15 minutes or less to complete.
Algebra2Go - Larry Perez and Patrick Quiqley - Saddleback College
This site visually presents lectures on pre-algebra and algebra, usually between 10 and 20 minutes in length. In each movie, a teacher is interacting with a student as the lesson is presented and discussed. The format of the lecture is a cross between a reality show and a sit-com and is engaging, with humor and drama.
Noteflight - Joe Berkovitz - Noteflight
This is a wonderful tool that has been needed for years. This is a Web 2.0 music notation program that allows musicians to share their compositions easily with just a web browser. It is structured to allow students and teachers to share notated musical work.
Java Optics Course - Grup d'Innovació Docent - University of Barcelona
The Java Optics Course is a collection of Open Source Physics simulations that cover important topics in optics. The simulations include ray tracing, refraction and optical fibers, interference effects, and Fourier optics. There is also an excellent simulation of the eye and the physics of poor vision. The theoretical background of the physics simulated is described for each applet, and videos of real experiments are available for comparison with simulations.
ARTIST (Assessment Resource Tools for Improving Statistical Thinking) - Joan Garfield - University of Minnesota
The ARTIST website makes a great contribution to the field of Statistics Education by including many assessment resources for instructors (such as an assessment builder with hundreds of questions about a variety of different topics, samples of authentic assessments such as project descriptions and article or graph critique assignments, and links to many other assessment resources such as papers about assessment and implementation issues related to assessment).
Voice Thread - Steve Muth - VoiceThread
A VoiceThread is an online media album that can hold essentially any type of media (images, documents and videos) and allows people to make comments in 5 different ways - using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file, or video (with a webcam) - and share them with anyone they wish. As teacher educators, we see tremendous potential for use both in and out of classroom
Novosti Nedeli - Richard Robin - George Washington University
NOVOSTI NEDELI delivers a survey of the previous week's news in simplified standard Russian language. The site provides recordings of Russian news presented at a slightly slower rate of speech, pre-listening background information and exercises, vocabulary support and post-listening activities with interactive exercises and transcripts. MERLOT World Languages applauds Dr. Robin’s use of authentic materials to enhance the listening comprehension of students of this critical language.
7/30/10 - CS