The MERLOT repository is not only learning materials, but learning exercises comments, personal collections and Content Builder web pages, all designed to enhance the teaching experience of an learning material. The learning materials are categorized into 18 different learning material types. A large selection of materials in MERLOT also have assignments and comments attached to them. It is also possible to add any material to a personal collection, to make organizing your teaching materials for each of your courses.
are projects, papers, or activities that can be part of the coursework for a class. Learning Exercises are linked to a learning module in MERLOT and may involve only that learning object or may involve other activities as well. In writing the Learning Exercises, the contributor describes the type of activity (i.e. in-class, homework assignment, individual assignment, group, etc) as well as the time involved. The contributor also can identify objectives for the assignment as well as any assessment activities. You can also do an advanced search in MERLOT to find only learning materials that have a Learning Exercises submitted.
are observations of individuals who have either used the module or just reviewed it. Any Member of MERLOT can make a Comment. The contributor of the Comment is asked to rate the module from one to five stars and is also asked to indicate if it has been used in the classroom. A Comment requires remarks as well as the star rating. As with assignments, materials that have member comments posted can be found through an advanced search in MERLOT.
Personal Collections help personalize the MERLOT collection for Members. A Personal Collection is a compilation of MERLOT modules that MERLOT Members can access easily to use for specific purposes, classes or topics. The owner of the Personal Collection can annotate each collection to more easily explain the purpose of it.
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