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MERLOT is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students in higher education. With a continually growing collection of online learning materials, assignments and reviews, MERLOT helps faculty enhance instruction. MERLOT is also a community of people who strive to enrich teaching and learning experiences.

The first MERLOT International Conference was held at the Embassy Suites, Tampa, Florida, August 12-15, 2001. The site host was the University of South Florida. MERLOT is endorsed by NLII/EDUCAUSE and sponsored by the NSF Digital Library Project. For further information about MERLOT go to


The MERLOT International Conference was open to the international higher education community. Individuals were not required to be affiliated with a participating MERLOT institution to attend or present at the conference. The conference themes were geared toward the following audience types:

  • Faculty
  • Instructional Designers
  • Academic Administrators
  • Technical Support Specialists
  • Faculty Development Professionals
  • Members of Professional Organizations
  • Authors of Instructional Materials
  • MERLOT Users and Potential Partners

Overall Conference Goals

The MERLOT International Conference was the venue for learning about shared content, peer reviews, learning objects, standards, and online communities by:

  • showcasing how authors and faculty use MERLOT learning materials in their classrooms
  • enabling discipline communities to share information on teaching and learning with web-based materials
  • providing practical, hands-on workshop experiences
  • promoting discussions among shared content providers
  • sharing information on various technology tools for teaching and learning
  • providing a forum for presentations by organizational affiliates and institutional partners of MERLOT
  • disseminating information about MERLOT

The larger conference theme of "Faculty Approaches to Instructional Technology: Content, Collaboration, and Community" was carried out through the interrelated tracks described in the program. MERLOT invited proposals for sessions that took the form of individual presentations, panels, practical demonstrations, and hands-on workshops.

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