Professional Development with MERLOT: Become a Peer Reviewer

Concurrent Session 9
MERLOT

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

MERLOT peer reviewers agree that the reviewing process allows them to develop skills that are useful in many aspects of their faculty roles.  Discover our process, our reviewer training, and how you can be a part of the MERLOT community as a peer reviewer, and later, an editorial board member.  

Presenters

Jane Moore is the Director of MERLOT Editorial and Professional Development Services. She also serves as Editor for MERLOT's Teacher Education Board. Jane has taught online since 2002, and after 27 years in the elementary classroom and 16 years in higher education full time, has embraced online learning with a great deal of enthusiasm.
Angela Gunder serves as Director of Instructional Design and Curriculum Development for the Office of Digital Learning at The University of Arizona. Angela came into instructional design rather circuitously, helming large-scale site designs as webmaster for The City College of New York, the honors college at ASU, and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA).  Her over fifteen year career as a designer for higher education informs her instructional design practice, where she leverages her expertise in usability, visual communication, programming, and standards-based online learning. Angela holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Fine Art from Fordham University, and a M.Ed. in Education Technology from Arizona State University.  Prior to her position at UA, she was a member of NOVA’s instructional design team, supporting over 23,000 students in 550 unique courses.   Angela is an Associate Editor for the Teacher Education Board of MERLOT, and a Quality Matters certified peer reviewer and online facilitator.  Her research interests include technology for second language acquisition, open educational resources, and emerging technology to promote digital literacy. A voracious culinary nerd, Angela spends her free time composing, cooking and photographing original recipes for her food blog.

Extended Abstract

MERLOT peer reviewers agree that the reviewing process allows them to develop skills that are useful in many aspects of their faculty roles.  Discover our process, our reviewer training, and how you can be a part of the MERLOT community as a peer reviewer, and later, an editorial board member.  The MERLOT rubric addresses content quality, potential effectiveness, and ease of use.  These qualities are crucial to assessing any material that educators might use in their own classes.  Being a MERLOT peer reviewer allows educators to explore new materials in their own disciplines and discover ways in which those materials can be incorporated into their own classes.

The session will ​allow participants to converse with a MERLOT editor and an editorial board member ​on the many benefits of serving as a peer reviewer and their unique experience working with MERLOT. The informal nature of th​is discovery session allows for ​participant-driven ​questions and ​answers geared to​wards attendee​s​ ​in lieu of a generic description of the process.