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MERLOT for Apps and Multimedia

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In working with iPads or flipped classrooms, one of the biggest challenges is finding a source of vetted resources.  You can use a search engine or the app store all day long, but still struggle to find resources with an academic bent and meaningful review.

This is where MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching) comes in.   As stated on their website, “MERLOT is a free and open peer reviewed collection of online teaching and learning materials and faculty-developed services contributed and used by an international education community.”  MERLOT’s library of open educational multimedia resources is a great place to research reviewed and vetted materials. 

I used MERLOT’s advanced search page to experiment with finding resources.  I limited my search to the Health Sciences community, and further limited it by Health Sciences and Science and Technology.  There is also a limit for iOS Tablet apps if you prefer.  While I didn’t try this limit, you can specifically look for PowerPoint presentations, videos, Moodle course packages, and other formats as well.


Limiting to peer reviewed content is also an option, but may limit your results significantly.


The results screen is easy to navigate, and offers additional limiting categories on the left.


By selecting a record, you can get more detail on an item and see if there are any comments or reviews.


The Go to Resource link sends you to the resource itself.

Do you have any other sources you’ve found helpful in finding good educational materials?  Feel free to post your responses in the comments.

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