Wednesday, August 8, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday evening we will be hosting several wide ranging open discussions on topics specific to MERLOT where participants can discuss ideas emerging from the conference. Join one of the learning circle groups below to explore implications of these issues for your own campus.
Accelerating Development of Quality Hybrid and Online Courses
What are you doing on your campus to help promote the development of hybrid and online courses? What obstacles have you faced? What successes have you had? How have you used MERLOT resources and services? How does and can MERLOT help you in terms of faculty development? Join us for a lively discussion!
Host: Ray C. Purdom, Director University Teaching and Learning Center,
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
The Many Languages of MERLOT
In recent months, the number of materials submitted to MERLOT in languages other than English has increased significantly. This discussion will focus on concrete ways in which MERLOT can be more responsive to an international audience. What features would end-users like to see in MERLOT in order to benefit more fully from its content? How can we decrease the digital divide by making MERLOT more accessible to non-English speaking users? Come think out loud with us.
Host: Laura Franklin, Professor of French, Assistant Dean, Foreign Languages and History, Northern Virginia Community College; Co-Editor, MERLOT World Languages
Reaching out to MERLOT's student members
Recent user statistics show that students are the fastest growing MERLOT membership group. How can we learn more about what the students need and want from MERLOT? If campuses are using MERLOT specifically for a student resource, do they have specific needs we could meet more effectively? Can we find ways for this energetic group to contribute to the organization? Bring your experience with students and MERLOT to this wide-ranging discussion.
Host: Jennie Dautermann, Center for Professional Development,
State University of New York, SUNY Project Director for MERLOT
ePortfolio Learning Circle
Please join us for an informal conversation about Minnesota State Colleges and Universities' eFolio Project. Get information on how Minnesota residents are achieving education and career objectives with personal electronic portfolios. Discuss how digitally documenting and sharing education, employment history, activities, and goals on a dynamic web-based efolio site is working in Minnesota.
Host: Paul Wasko, eStudent Services Director and Lori Schroeder, Institutional eFolio Project Trainer of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
Can Second Life also be a Second Classroom?
Is a three dimensional virtual space like Second Life a good fit for MERLOT? What can a project like Second Life do to enhance our connections with students worldwide? Can a virtual environment be an adequate replacement for a brick and mortar one? Can Second Life serve MERLOT members in significant new ways? Both real people and avitars are welcome at this discussion!
EFL Teacher & Coordinator of the Foreign Language Department,
Lycee Pasteur, Brazil
Jim Formosa, Faculty of Accounting, Nashville State Community College