Participate in Our Virtual Speakers Bureau
How it Started
In 2003, students and faculty in Colorado Community Colleges Online (CCC Online) classes began interacting virtually with storytelling experts, literary experts, online writing lab directors, and even a tenor from the Metropolitan Opera through the CCCOnline Virtual Speaker Bureau. MERLOT Management was asked to developing a similar sustainable service for higher education.
Become a Guest Expert in the Virtual Speakers Bureau
The human element has always been important to MERLOT's collection of teaching and learning resources. Now, in addition to helping you find online learning materials that you can use in your classrooms, you can share your expertise with students and faculty on other campuses.
You can volunteer to be a Guest Speaker in your area of expertise. When you are logged in to MERLOT, you will find “Join the Virtual Speakers Bureau in the upper right area of the home page. Click on this link and complete the form. You will be asked to provide:
This information will then be posted and will be searchable through MERLOT, so others may find you. We ask that when contacted by potential hosts, you discuss all terms with them. Additionally, your sincere effort in participating will be appreciated by those contacting you. Your profile in MERLOT will reflect that you are part of the VSB with a icon
- Topics of expertise
- Presentation Titles (if already prepared)
- Technical format preferred: (Chat, Conference Calls, Discussion Forums, Email, Face-to-Face, Instant Messaging, Online/Video Conferencing and Other.
- Best way to contact (Email, Phone)
- Availability, Special Terms, etc.
- Fees (yes, no, negotiable)
- Agree to follow the guidelines for participating in the Virtual Speakers Bureau
Locate a Guest Expert for your Class
Through the MERLOT Virtual Speakers Bureau, you can search for, locate, and invite guest speakers to your courses, professional development workshops, and special online events. You can even use it to invite content experts to visit your classes face-to-face.
Faculty members, faculty development specialists, and administrators who have expressed a desire to participate as Guest Experts have identified themselves in their MERLOT member profiles. They have provided information about their specific area(s) of expertise, specific topics they are available to discuss, the presentation format(s) they prefer (such as email, synchronous and/or asynchronous discussion forums, chats, online conferencing, and face-to-face meetings or visits), and any special arrangements they require for participation.
Use MERLOT today to easily find both online and human resources to engage the minds of your students.
Revised 7/30/10 - CS