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Winners of the MERLOT 2002 Classics!
MERLOT is pleased to announce the MERLOT Awards Program for Exemplary Online Learning Resources. This program was developed to recognize and promote outstanding online resources designed to enhance teaching and learning and to honor the authors and developers of these resources for their contributions to the academic community.

A Night (or Day) on the Town
MERLOT History Editor Bill Paquette has written an entertainment guide for Atlanta. As a former resident and frequent visitor of Atlanta, Bill is something of an authority on the city. So, for that lunch in-between roundtable discussions or for an evening with Abba-inspired musical numbers, you can find it here, in Bill Paquette's Atlanta Entertainment Guide.

About the Conference

MERLOT is a free and open resource designed primarily 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 second annual MERLOT International Conference was held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, September 27 - 30, 2002. MERLOT is endorsed by NLII/EDUCAUSE and the NSF - National Science Digital Library Program. For further information about MERLOT go to The Tasting Room.

2002 Conference Proceedings

The Keynote speakers for the 2002 MERLOT International Conference were:

The opening speaker was Ching-chih Chen. Dr. Chen is an international expert on new technology applications in libraries, and has advocated the concept of a "global digital library" since the early 1990s. She is a member of the Advisory Board of DELOS (European Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries) and is especially knowledgeable about the digital library work being done in Asia. She is currently the Principle Investigator (PI) of the NSF/International Digital Library Project, Chinese Memory Net, and the co-PI of the China-US Million Book Digital Library Project.

Jeanne Narum, who leads Project Kaleideoscope (PKAL), was the speaker for Sunday. Narum and PKAL lead reform efforts in science, mathematics, engineering and technology education. Narum's expertise is in making dreams of reform turn into reality.

Diana Oblinger from EDUCAUSE, is a consultant focusing on higher education issues, particularly, distributed learning and institutional transformation. She is currently a Senior Fellow with the EDUCAUSE CENTER for Applied Research.


The target audiences are faculty members and those involved in administering and supporting instructional technology.

  • Faculty
  • Faculty Development Professionals
  • Instructional Designers
  • Members of Professional Organizations
  • Provosts, Deans, Department Chairs
  • Authors of Instructional Materials
  • Technical Support Specialists
  • MERLOT Users and Potential Partners
  • Librarians
  • Authors of digital learning materials


The MERLOT International Conference is 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
  • Identifying, using and evaluating digital learning materials in practical, hands-on workshops
  • 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 MERLOT International Conference is the venue for learning about shared content, peer reviews of learning materials, using standards to develop and select materials and develop online communities like MERLOT.

The larger conference theme of "Academic Approaches to Technology: Content, Collaboration, Collections, and Community" will be carried out through the interrelated tracks described below. Sessions will take the form of individual presentations, panels, practical demonstrations, poster sessions and hands-on workshops.

Instructional Showcase:
Demonstrations of what faculty and authors are doing with MERLOT in their classrooms. 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.

MERLOT — Past, Present, Future:
Presentations about developing and sustaining MERLOT activities. What are the benefits and obligations for MERLOT partners? How are MERLOT's business models and policies evolving? Topics might include: collections development, peer review processes, affiliations with professional organizations, MERLOT community development, tools for web-based communities, procedures, policies, and standards.

Technology and Standards:
Practical examples of how to develop and deploy learning materials from the experiences of authors, academic support, and faculty. Topics might include: MERLOT search and browse functions, instructional technology evaluation, IMS and SCORM metadata standards, designing for accessibility, technical issues, and licensing/copyright issues.

Tricks and Tips from the Vineyards for Authors and Developers:
Presentations about developing or authoring learning materials for MERLOT. 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, accessibility, and tagging learning materials.

Building Sustainable Online Communities in MERLOT:
Demonstrations and presentations of best practices in developing and sustaining online communities. 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? Topics might include: knowing your audience, determining their needs, facilitating and sustaining online learning communities.

Faculty Development Recognition and Rewards:
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 it? What do discipline-specific professional organizations believe are critical components in their constituents' successful incorporation of instructional technology? Topics might include: effective training programs for instructors, accreditation issues, standards validation, promotion and tenure considerations for digital scholarship, and evolving institutional standards.

More than MERLOT:
MERLOT is one of a growing number of digital libraries that serve faculty and students. What are these digital libraries, and how are they used? How do these libraries interface with traditional campus libraries? What is the role of digital libraries in teaching and learning? Topics might include: other digital library initiatives, economic models for online digital libraries, collection development in digital libraries, copyright, and intellectual property, etc.

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