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Faculty Development

Faculty development is a critical strategic initiative for MERLOT and its Partners, and is of particular importance in developing and implementing online and hybrid courses.  The resources below, focusing on faculty development for online courses, are from the MERLOT Faculty Development Community.




Building an Online Community of Learners Sonoma State University This peer-reviewed resource presents a simple strategy that instructors can use to get students to bond quickly at the outset of an online course.
Access e-learning Georgia Tech Research on Accessible Distance Education (GRADE) project This ten-module tutorial offers information, instructional techniques, and practice labs on how to make the most common needs in distance education accessible for individuals with disabilities
Role of the Online Discussion Facilitator Thomas Nolan, Sonoma State University With a list of tips for facilitating an online discussion, this is a useful resource for both instructors and students who wish to move online discussions to a high level of effective interaction.
The Virtual Instructional Designer (VID) Indiana State University, Ivy Tech State College, and Vincennes University This award-winning site provides a Web-based performance tool for faculty designing Web-based distance courses, with 24/7 desktop access for faculty to instructional design assistance on the process of developing online instruction or courses.
Rubric for Online Instruction CSU-Chico This peer-reviewed resource is helpful in evaluating existing online courses or in the design of new online courses.
Building Online Learning Assignments with MERLOT Laura Franklin, Northern Virginia Community College Designed to assist faculty in the development of online course assignments using MERLOT learning objects, this Powerpoint presentation details a process for designing and evaluating assignments incorporating the MERLOT evaluation standards.
IDEAS: Instructional Design for Elearning ApproacheS

Ferdinand Krauss, University of Toronto

This site features reflections and insights on elearning strategies and instructional technology design, documenting the method and results of applying instructional design and learning theories.
Advice for the Online Instructor: Keep It Interpersonal The Chronicle of Higher Education In this interview, Ken White, co-author of The Online Teaching Guide, makes the case that the online environment can and should be an interpersonal environment.

Personal Collections

Personal Collections help faculty members personalize the MERLOT collection and organize resources for themselves and their students. A Personal Collection is a compilation of MERLOT modules that MERLOT Members can access easily to use for specific purposes, classes or topics. Owners of Personal Collections can annotate each collection to more easily explain the purpose of it.

Support Materials

The MERLOT Community has developed an extensive set of faculty development support materials that are available for use by MERLOT Partners. These materials can be used by faculty development staff to teach courses about electronic learning. For more information on becoming a partner, visit our Partner Support section.