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MERLOT International ConferenceOnline Resources: Sharing the Future
Costa Mesa, California
August 3 - 6, 2004
General InformationMERLOT (www.merlot.org) is a free and open resource designed for faculty and students in higher education. MERLOT helps faculty enhance instruction with a continually growing collection of online, reviewed learning materials and assignments. MERLOT is also a community of educators who strive to enrich teaching and learning. The fourth annual MERLOT International Conference will be held at the Costa Mesa Hilton, Costa Mesa, California, August 3 - 6, 2004. MERLOT is endorsed by NLII/EDUCAUSE and the NSF NSDL digital library project. For more information about MERLOT, see http://conference.merlot.org.
NEW this Year - The Learning Objects FairAs we look to sharing the future of learning objects (learning resources), we have initiated a new way to help our conference participants who are making use of learning objects to share their learning objects and to get feedback on them from users. This year we are implementing the Learning Objects Fair. The Fair will be held from 5:30 - 6:30 on Wednesday, August 4, 2004. We invite authors and developers of learning objects to attend the fair to introduce conference attendees to their learning objects. The following morning before that start of the day's sessions, we will hold a breakfast for authors/developers and attendees to meet again for a more in-depth look and review of the learning objects. This is an excellent opportunity to gather feedback on learning objects that are 'in-process' as well as those that are complete and ready for release. . It also an opportunity to work with others in how to reuse or use a learning object.
If you are interested in presenting your materials at the fair, simply submit a short, 50 word abstract The deadline for submitting an abstract is May 15, 2004. By submitting an abstract and registering early, we guarantee you a space to demonstrate your materials at the fair and during the breakfast.
AudienceThe MERLOT International Conference seeks to address the needs of faculty members, digital library providers and developers, authors of digital learning materials, and those involved in administering and supporting instructional technology. More specifically, sessions are led by and designed for:
General Information for Submitting Proposals
Conference GoalsThe MERLOT International Conference is the venue for learning about shared content, peer reviews, learning objects, standards, and online learning communities and to:
Conference TracksThis year's theme: Online Resources: Sharing the Future reflects MERLOT's commitment to building a resources to meet the needs of its community and to address the challenges facing higher education in these days of declining resources and rising demands for high quality education.
MERLOT is building a conference program around six strands that address common issues, projects, policies, etc. The conference program will be carried out through the interrelated tracks described below. Sessions will take the form of individual presentations, panels, practical demonstrations, poster sessions and workshops.
Track 1: Instructional Practices
Demonstrations of what faculty and authors are doing with technology in their classrooms. How do instructors use MERLOT in teaching their classes, developing curriculum or assessing learning? How can faculty participate and use MERLOT? How can MERLOT help faculty develop professionally?
Topics might include: student learning outcomes, student satisfaction, resources and how they are integrated, exemplary lesson assignments, learning assignments for online material, and best pedagogical practices.
Primary Audience: Teaching Faculty, Instructors and Adjunct Faculty.
Track 2: Creating Learning Materials
Presentations and demonstrations about developing or authoring learning materials. What are the effective strategies used to develop good instructional software? How can MERLOT support the needs of novice to expert authors and developers of learning materials?
Topics might include: designs for multiple users, design driven by learning outcomes, formative evaluation of learning materials, designing for accessibility, technical issues, licensing/copyright issues, and tagging learning materials.
Primary Audience: Instructional Technology Practitioners, Faculty, and Authors.
Track 3: Promoting Collaborations and Communities
Demonstrations and presentations of effective practices in developing and sustaining online communities both within MERLOT and in general. What are the requirements for creating, growing, and sustaining online communities such as MERLOT? What do other major shared content communities have in common with MERLOT? Are there online learning communities that have adopted MERLOT as a strategy for discipline based activities? How can institutions, systems and/or states promote collaboration? Topics might include: knowing your audience, determining their needs, facilitating and sustaining online learning communities, collections development, peer review processes, affiliations with professional organizations, MERLOT community development, tools for web based communities, procedures, policies, and standards. Benefits and barriers to collaboration (within and across regions), Strategies for promoting collaboration, and potential and real cost savings to collaboration.
Primary Audience: Administrators in Higher Education, Campus Librarians, Authors, Faculty and Instructors, Adjunct Faculty, and Digital Library Developers.
Track 4: Faculty Development
Presentations and demonstrations of faculty and professional development programs that work. What do instructors need to know and be able to do to use MERLOT effectively? How are faculty rewarded for their digital scholarship? What is digital scholarship? How to you measure or document digital scholarship? What do discipline specific professional organizations believe are critical components in their constituents' successful incorporation of instructional technology? What is the role of campus Libraries in faculty development?
Topics might include: effective training programs for instructors, accreditation issues, standards validation, promotion and tenure considerations for digital scholarship, instructional technology evaluation, and evolving institutional standards.
Primary Audience: Faculty Developers, Faculty, Administrators in Higher Education and Librarians.
Track 5: Digital Libraries, Technology and Standards
For those topics not formally outlined above but have interest to the MERLOT community. Presentations and demonstrations may include information about library science, education digital libraries, new course material, information management systems, teaching management systems, open resources tools and courseware, and exemplary practices.
Topics might include: digital library initiatives, economic models for online digital libraries, copyright issues, intellectual property, accessibility issues, emerging technologies, IMS and SCORM metadata standards.
Primary Audience: Librarians, Digital Library Developers, and Administrators in Higher Education.
Track 6: Student Services
Presentations and workshops concerning the experiences, ideas, and perspectives on services for course design, faculty support, technology help desks, and online orientation, tutoring, and counseling. These sessions will focus on the student perspective as learners, community members, and services.
Primary Audience: Librarians, Faculty, Student Services Professionals, and Administrators in Higher Education.
Topics might include: supporting online student retention and success, providing online student support services and sustaining online services for students.
Session FormatsThe conference supports a variety of formats to help you make your presentation most effectively. If you have any questions which format might work best for you, please contact the conference chair.
Concurrent Session (30 minutes): The mainstay of the conference, part of the session time is used for the presentation of a focused topic; the remaining time is used to involve the participants in an exchange of ideas around the topic.
Panel Session (60 minutes): These sessions are for discussions organized around a particular theme. It is an opportunity for 3-5 people (including the chair) to present their views or results on a common theme, issue, or question and discuss them with the audience. Panels should cover timely topics related to the conference areas of interest.
Hands-on Workshops (2.5 hours): Workshops conducted by institutional partners and other online communities provide participants with hands-on, interactive learning opportunities. Workshop session proposals should include:
Poster sessions Poster sessions enable participants to demonstrate and discuss their materials and research in a more intimate setting allowing for individual consultation. Posters are set up prior to the conference and are open for review through out the conference in the Connections Room. We encourage participants to use the Connections Room to network with their colleagues and share ideas in one-to-one settings. Poster session presenters are asked to be at the formal poster session, held on Wednesday evening. The proposal should include the topic, target audiences, and a brief abstract of the project, practice or approach.
For more information about the Call for Proposals, contact Marianne Boeke at Marianne@nchems.org or 303.497.0357.
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