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Institutional Strategies Program

MERLOT Partners and their constituents can improve educational outcomes in a timely manner and reduce the cost of their academic programs through the integration of MERLOT’s programs and services into their own institutional initiatives.  Accelerated Development of Quality Online and/or Hybrid Courses was among the first areas identified by MERLOT partners to be included, recognizing that institutions may need help in supporting faculty, librarians, and academic technology staff in the finding, using, and designing of quality online teaching and learning experiences.

MERLOT resources have also been used to promote academic continuity when campuses are faced with disruptions due to weather, natural disasters, or other circumstances. Click here to learn more.

The resources below are relevant examples of online courses and resources from the MERLOT collection. You can add your comments and recommendations concerning these materials by simply clicking on the “Write a comment” link that’s on the right side of the webpage containing a full description of the material. To browse MERLOT’s collection of resources on developing hybrid and online courses, click here.

Title Source Description

Cutting Edge Course Design Tutorial

NAGT/DLESE On the Cutting Edge Project

This online version of a face-to-face Course Design Tutorial, guides faculty independently through practical and intellectually interesting processes related to setting course goals, designing the course and following through.

Teaching Courses Online: How Much Time Does It Take?

Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks

This is a longitudinal case study examining the amount of time needed to teach three asynchronous online courses at The University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Providing Technical Competence for Online Courses

Adobe Systems Incorporated

This short case study from the University of Nevada - Las Vegas deals with how to one campus provided faculty with an engaging and efficient way to learn the nuts and bolts of online course creation.

Shifting to Online Education and Back Again

Illinois Online Network

This case study examines the experiences of one participant in the Making the Virtual Classroom a Reality Program designed to increase knowledge and abilities in online instruction.

Moving Large-Scale Programs Online: A Case Study and Discussion

North Carolina State University

An effort at North Carolina State University to move some of the professional writing courses online is summarized in the short case study.

San Diego Community College District Case Study

California Community Colleges Telecommunications Infrastructure Project Statewide

SDCCD’s initiative to make the transition from classroom instruction to online instruction for teachers is described through this case study of a biology professor’s experiences.

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Click on the following link for the full list of Institutional Initiatives. For more information, see MERLOT’s Institutional Initiative Program outlined.