Take a Sip of MERLOT: Building Community and Collegiality through Peer Review and OER

Concurrent Session 5

Brief Abstract

One ubiquitous challenge within higher education remains the need for connected networks of practitioners working together to share knowledge and resources.  In addition to providing the benefits of peer reviewed open educational resources, MERLOT affords educators the opportunity to build community and collegiality in a digitally connected universe. 

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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

One ubiquitous challenge within higher education remains the need for connected networks of practitioners working together to share knowledge and resources.  The MERLOT peer review process is designed to support educators as they select OER for their classes. However, an ancillary benefit is the opportunity to build community and collegiality in a digitally-connected universe.  MERLOT's editorial boards are discipline based, linking together educators from a variety of institutions and roles.  These connections form the basis of intentional professional learning networks, where members share practices and approaches to solving common challenges within online learning.  This session will place a spotlight on the faces of MERLOT, sharing stories of the rich experiences that individuals have had in the review process.  

In this highly personalized Discovery Session, participants will learn more about the MERLOT peer review process as a method for building community and collaboration.  They will receive new approaches and techniques for leveraging open educational resources (OER) to prepare for the next generation of educational leaders.