Mastering your art: MERLOT Pedagogy Portal

If you have questions such as

  • How do I teach large lecture classes effectively?
  • How do I engage my students in problem-based learning?
  • Do I have to teach adult learners differently than recent high school graduates?

You may find answers from the collection of resources in the MERLOT Pedagogy Portal site .

What is MERLOT Pedagogy Portal?

The MERLOT Pedagogy Portal, part of the main MERLOT, is designed to help you learn about a variety of strategies that could help you become a better teacher. The resources you’ll find in the Pedagogy Portal apply to teaching a variety of disciplines.
The resources highlighted in this portal are organized into 5 major areas: Learners and Learning, Course Instructional Design, Teaching Strategies, Teaching Challenges, and Assessment.  As faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants, you can use these free and up-to-date collection of resources for developing your teaching skill and discovering new ideas.

Compared to the main MERLOT, the MERLOT Pedagogy Portal is a relatively new site that Cathy Swift from the California State University System and Ray Purdom from UNC at Greensboro created and maintain. They regularly update and enhance the site, even today. If you know of good resources that should be included in the portal, please email them to Dr. Ray Purdom.

What is MERLOT anyway?

MERLOT, Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching,  is a free and open online community of resources designed primarily for faculty, staff and students of higher education from around the world to share their learning materials and pedagogy. It is a user-centered collection of peer-reviewed higher education and online learning materials, catalogued by registered members and a set of faculty development support services.

So far, it has near 30,000 materials and over 90,000 members across many disciplines such as biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, engineering, languages, history, music, social sciences, health sciences, business and more.

You don’t need to become a member to use MERLOT’s materials, but members can contribute learning materials, create a personal collection, share online expertise and receive peer recognition. Join MERLOT to become a member. It is free.

Haiyan Zhou

Author: Haiyan Zhou

Haiyan consults with faculty on the integration of technology into their teaching, primarily with the Health Sciences, and on developing online course materials and planning ways to offer programs through online or blended online/face-to-face formats. Her professional interests include collaboration tools, online teaching methods, e-learning, and internationalization in higher education.