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Title: MERLOT: Peer Review of Teaching Materials


1
MERLOT Peer Review of Teaching Materials
  • Cathy Owens Swift
  • Georgia Southern University

2
Common Issues
Faculty often work in isolation while
developing online courses
Lack of quality, interactive, web-based
learning materials
3
Assumptions
Faculty should remain in control of the
teaching/learning process.
Faculty need mechanisms to document teaching and
learning contributions.
Peer-reviews will contribute to expanded use
and effectiveness of digital learning materials.
Sharing of materials will maximize everyones
investments.
4
Vision Mission
  • MERLOTS VISION is to be the place where faculty
    from around the world will share
    teaching-learning materials and pedagogy.
  • MERLOTS MISSION is to improve the effectiveness
    of teaching learning by expanding the quantity
    and quality of peer-reviewed online learning
    materials that can be easily incorporated into
    faculty designed courses.

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Aspects of MERLOT
  • MERLOT is a COOPERATIVE
  • Institutional Partners
  • Organizational Affiliates
  • Individual Members
  • MERLOT is a SET OF PROCESSES
  • Building, organizing, reviewing, and developing
    applications of online teaching-learning
    materials
  • Building and sustaining online academic
    communities.
  • MERLOT is SOFTWARE
  • A user-centered, searchable database of online
    learning materials, pedagogical support, and
    people.

6
Parties Involved in MERLOT
  • Administration Team
  • Institutional Partner (22)
  • Faculty Discipline Teams (14)
  • Editors/Co-Editors (25)
  • Editorial Review Board Members (150)
  • Peer Reviewers (?)
  • Others Authors, Submitters, Users

7
Peer Reviews
  • Faculty Discipline Teams
  • Adopt evaluation standards
  • Quality of content
  • Potential effectiveness for teaching learning
  • Ease of use
  • Develop peer review process
  • Develop roles and responsibilities as MERLOT
    reviewers
  • Use MERLOT Worksites to sustain productivity

8
MERLOT Partners
  • SMETE
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant
  • 400,000
  • Online peer review training module
  • NLII of Educause
  • AAHE American Association of Higher
    Education

9
Benefits of Submitting Online Learning Materials
to MERLOT
  • Theresa B. Flaherty
  • James Madison University

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Who contributes materials to MERLOT?
  • MERLOT materials are added by people who have
    joined MERLOT (MERLOT members).
  • Anyone may join MERLOT, and there is no cost or
    other obligation.
  • Materials may be added by
  • the people who created them (author), or
  • any member who finds a great resource to share
    with others (submitter).

11
How to Contribute Modules to MERLOT as an Author
Step 1 Develop your Module
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Step 2 Fill our a short form to
contribute your material. Send a note to Cathy to
request peer review.
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This is the module as it will appear on MERLOT
14
The Peer Review of this Module
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Avoids reinventing the wheel
16
Documents Teaching Efforts
17
Contributes to Scholarly Research in
Instructional Development
18
Provides Networking Opportunities
19
Search for members by discipline
20
Experience and Reactions to the Peer Review
Process on MERLOT 
  • Irvine Clarke III
  • James Madison University
  •  

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MERLOT Peer Review follows the model of peer
review of scholarship
Individual Review 1
Composite Review
Individual Review 2
22
Reviews can be developed online through your
workspace
23
The review can be completed in different time
segments
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Standard Evaluation Criteria for the Peer Reviews
Ease of Use
Potential Effectiveness
Quality of Content
25
To become a peer reviewer, an individual must
  • be an instructor at an institution of higher
    learning
  • demonstrate expertise in the discipline
  • be recognized for excellence in teaching
  • have experience using technology in teaching, and
  • have participated in the activities of the
    discipline.

26
After completion of the review, the Peer Reviewer
is recognized for his/her contribution by a
letter from the Editor. This letter can be sent
to two other people as well.
27
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