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October 12, 2017

OLC Innovate CFP Deadline Extended to November 1, 2017

From Monday’s inbox…

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OLC Innovate

April 18-20, 2018 • Nashville, TN • #OLCInnovate

CFP Deadline Extended Through Wednesday, November 1st

Our Program Chairs gathered recently to prepare this video highlighting the need for epic, groundbreaking and transformative submissions for the 2018 OLC Innovate conference. Time is almost up, so submit your presentation soon!

 

 Submit Now 

 

Questions? Contact conference@onlinelearning-c.org or webmaster@merlot.org.

 

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March 31, 2017

MERLOT: One Stop Searching for All Your OER Needs!

Another item from Wednesday’s inbox…

MERLOT March 29, 2017
MERLOT: One Stop Searching for All Your OER Needs!
MERLOT Smart Search
merlot collectionother collectionsthe webThe new The new MERLOT Smart Search extends access to online learning materials well beyond MERLOT’s curated and peer reviewed collection.  Smart Search helps to answer the pervasive and nagging question, “Where can I find OERs?”

Smart Search searches the World Wide Web specifically for the kinds of learning materials that typical MERLOT users seek. It uses a proprietary MERLOT user profile design to find the newest and most popular learning materials available in learning materials libraries and also on the WWW.  While these resources are not peer reviewed or curated, users can contribute materials that show up in the hit list, to the MERLOT collection for subsequent curation and peer review by our 25 MERLOT Editorial Boards.  And materials discovered by Smart Search can be added to users’ MERLOT Bookmark Collections.  Smart Search is easy to use: just click on the tab that describes the universe of resources you want to explore, and MERLOT does the smart searching for you.

smart search hit list

Watch for more exciting extensions to the MERLOT Smart Search in the future.  We intend to make MERLOT your first and last stop when you need to find quality and up-to-date OERs for your teaching and research. more exciting extensions to Smart Search in the future. We intend to make MERLOT your first and last stop when you need to find quality and up-to-date OERs for your teaching and research.

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More New Features…
New One-Page Form for Adding a Material

Adding a learning material to MERLOT just got easier! We’ve replaced our multi-step approach with a simple one-page form for adding anything you’ve created or found on the web to the MERLOT Collection.

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New Advanced Search Forms

Our Material and Member Advanced Search forms have also been updated to make them much faster and easier to use.

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Content Builder: A Fresh New Design

MERLOT is releasing a new interface design for its popular Web development tool, Content Builder.  Originally built and supported by the Carnegie Foundation, MERLOT adopted and integrated the system into “main MERLOT” about 10 years ago.  Since then we have refined the functionality of the Content Builder, and with this latest release, have made the user interface even more intuitive.  Join the thousands of Content Builder users and try it!  Simply click on the “Create Materials with Content Builder” tile on the MERLOT home page (www.merlot.org).  For assistance in getting started, check out the Content Builder User’s Guide.

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In Other News…
IEEE Endorses MERLOT Computer Science and IT Portals

The IEEE Computer Society and IEEE Education Society have recently endorsed MERLOT’s two new discipline portals – Computer Science (CS) and Information Technology (IT).  The endorsement is a consequence of the MERLOT taxonomy for those two disciplines that are aligned with the Computer Science Accreditation Board (CSAB) recommended list of undergraduate course topics.  Instructors teaching those disciplines can readily discover MERLOT learning materials that are connected with their CS and IT courses.


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December 15, 2016

HBCU Affordable Learning And Community College Summits. Registration And Travel To OLC Innovate 2017 Too!

Also from Tuesday’s inbox…

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OLC Innovate

April 5-7, 2017 • New Orleans, LA • #olcinnovate

HBCU Affordable Learning Summit 2017

Join leaders from Southern University and California State University/MERLOT as they facilitate a series of sessions and workshops that will be embedded in the annual OLC Innovate conference. Learn practices, strategies, and resources for reducing the costs of instructional materials for students, making higher education more affordable for more students in Historically Black Universities (HBCUs) in the United States and Higher Education Institutions in Africa (HEIA). No added fee to attend, but must indicate attendance in registration process. Early Bird pricing ends February 8, 2017. Register for OLC Innovate today!

 

 

Community College Summit

Community College SummitAs a way to highlight the innovative work of community colleges, and their contributions to the discipline of online teaching and learning, OLC Innovate 2017 will feature a half-day, onsite Community College Summit. This inaugural event will serve to kick off the conference with conversations on how members of the community colleges are serving as thought leaders and change agents for supporting all learners in the innovative classrooms of tomorrow. No added fee to attend. Early Bird pricing ends February 8, 2017. Register for OLC Innovate today!

 

 

Early Bird Registration and Travel Deadlines

Early Bird registration pricing ends Wednesday, February 8, 2017!

It’s never too early to book your travel! Special room rates for the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel expire on Friday, March 10, 2017.

 

 Register Today 

 

 

Questions? Contact conference@onlinelearning-c.org or webmaster@merlot.org.

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February 27, 2016

Please Spread The Word: OLC Innovate Early Bird Registration Rates End February 29

From yesterday’s inbox…

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OLC InnovateHelp Spread the Word: Early Bird Registration Rates End February 29

Watch for the Conference Update email today to see some highlights you can share with your colleagues and friends about the upcoming OLC Innovate Conference. Of special note, Early Bird Registration is still open! Save $100 now through February 29. Spread the word through your social media sites (or create your own spin with the same hashtags) and forward this message along to anyone who may be able to help extend the reach.

Here are some sample tweets:

  • #
  • is coming to #NewOrleans. Will you be there? Register by 2/29 for #EarlyBird rates http://bit.ly/1oDukAV
  • Perfect combo! Jazz, gumbo & #eLearning in #NewOrleans. Early bird discounts till 2/29 #OLCInnovate http://bit.ly/1oDukAV
  • Join me in #NOLA for #eLearning sessions, networking, jazz, and Cajun cuisine! Register for #OLCInnovate before 2/29http://bit.ly/1oDukAV

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February 12, 2016

OLC Innovate 2016 – Early Bird Registration, Travel and Collaborate

From Wednesday’s inbox…

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OLC Innovate
OLC Innovate 2016 – EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS FEBRUARY 29Don’t miss out on early bird pricing! Save $100 now through February 29.Register NowHELP SPREAD THE WORD

Please tell your colleagues and friends about OLC Innovate 2016, taking place in New Orleans April 20-22, 2016. Spread the word through your social media sites and forward this message along to anyone who may be able to help.

Here are some sample tweets:

  • How will disruptions in #eLearning shape tomorrow’s classrooms? Join us at #OLCInnovate in #NOLA to find out. http://bit.ly/1PKKuCZ
  • Great speakers, hands-on #workshops & a full #eLearning agenda planned for #OLCInnovate in #NOLA on 4/20. Join us.http://bit.ly/1PKKuCZ
  • #Earlybird discounts still available for #OLCInnovate, our #elearning conference in #NOLA. I’m going. Are you? http://bit.ly/1PKKuCZ

 

 

OLC Innovate 2016 – TRAVEL DETAILS NOW AVAILABLE

Join us at OLC Innovate 2016 in New Orleans!! The conference is at the Sheraton New Orleans – located at 500 Canal Street. Find special hotel rates, travel tips, directions, and more on the conference website travel page.Make your reservation soon – the room block is selling out quickly!

 

 

DEFINING INNOVATION – AN INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION

innovationDon’t miss this! The interactive Innovation Installation being featured at OLC Innovate(April 20-22, New Orleans) is a thorough and critical look at the term innovation, its use in society, and the hidden histories of the term and its usage. Designed to be viewed through multiple lenses, the perspectives on the exhibit will change based on the entry point of the patron while scrolling multimedia will provide a unique experience for participants who visit multiple times and/or through multiple formats: in-person, online, hybrid. LEARN MORE

 

OLC Collaborate

COLLABORATE WITH YOUR PEERS IN MARCH!

Join OLC at a 1-day OLC Collaborate event in Los Angeles March 2, 2016 or inOrlando March 10, 2016 to discuss emerging trends and challenges in online learning.

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