MERLOT announced the release of the MERLOT Smart Search. This 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 While these resources are not peer reviewed or curated, users can contribute materials that show up in the hit list, to the MERLOT collection for subsequent curation and peer review by our 25 MERLOT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.
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. MERLOT help provides more information on the new Smart search.
A New user interface experience for MERLOT Content Builder. 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.