Create, Review, Release: An opportunity with the MERLOT Health Sciences community

Concurrent Session 2

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

MERLOT, an open educational resources repository, has been growing in popularity over the past decades, specifically the Health Sciences community. If you are interested in becoming part of this community of educators, learners and researchers then this is the session for you. You will have a GRAPE time!



N. Liza Mayeux is the Director of Educational Technology at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University where she supports faculty in designing and developing courses and course content. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences, and a Master of Education in Educational Technology Leadership from University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM). She is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Education, Curriculum and Instruction program at ULM. She has worked on several projects and has assisted with various instructional design aspects within the University, particularly in the health professions. She enjoys working with faculty to enhance the student’s experience in face-to-face, blended and online learning environments. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Additional Authors

Kelly P. Massey, Ph.D. EP-C, CMES, AASDN-NS completed her graduate work at Georgia State University in Exercise Physiology and Sport Science. She began at Georgia College in 2010 and is an Associate Professor and the Clinical Coordinator of Exercise Science. She is in charge of the exercise science internship program and is also very active in undergraduate research. Currently, she previously served as the Health Sciences division chair and is a current member of the executive board for the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). Her work on the CUR Student Programs Task Force is focused on promoting undergraduate exercise science research and mentoring programs in institutions across the nation. Her research interests include cardiac rehabilitation, metabolism/energy balance studies, and nutrition interventions and ergogenic aids. She has served for the past five years on the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Strategic Health Initiative – Women, Sports, & Physical Activity committee where she promotes cardiac rehabilitation programs for women. Dr. Massey also serves as the editor of the Health Sciences community online repository of education materials for MERLOT. In 2014, she was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Recognition award for the College of Health Sciences and the Excellence in Scholarship of Teaching & Creative Endeavors award in 2017.

Extended Abstract

When defining MERLOT, one may state it is an open educational resource repository of online learning and support materials, however it is quite more than this. One aspect of MERLOT which is often overlooked is its ability to provide professional development. MERLOT allows individuals to share successful teaching-learning materials and peer review aids in the professional development of educators, and in turn, heighten learning to enhance student success.

Becoming a peer reviewer for the MERLOT health science community allows educators, professionals and researchers the opportunity to take control of their own professional development. As a peer reviewer, individuals can keep abreast of the latest trends, research and teaching strategies presented in their field of expertise. They are able to share instructional materials and ideas. MERLOT allows individuals to become part of the ‘shaping the future’.

MERLOT has made great strides in growing its number of resources, members and users which means it will require more individuals to volunteer their time to peer review materials being submitted. As Helen Keller said, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” Moving mountains requires us to collaborate and work together, as does MERLOT. Come join our session to find out how you can become part of MERLOT and its Health Sciences community, and how you can contribute to helping us move mountains in the future of online and digital learning.

This session will focus on information pertaining to peer review of materials submitted to the Health Sciences community of MERLOT and the benefits of review, including the role of peer reviewer. Participants will familiarize themselves with MERLOT’s updated interface and become acquainted to navigating, researching and selecting open educational resources. The audience will receive various tips and suggestions on how to search for resources. An introduction to MERLOT’s GRAPE camp and the steps needed to become a peer reviewer will also be discussed. Although this workshop is tailored towards the Health Sciences, the information presented can be used for ALL communities within MERLOT.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate navigating, researching and selecting open resources in MERLOT.
  • Explain the process of peer review for submission.
  • List the steps to becoming a peer reviewer.