Here you will find a list of resources, which can be used to help faculty generate new ideas about teaching online. The resources are a collection of those activities and techniques to help instructors plan their online and mixed mode courses.


The MERLOT website supports a worldwide community of users who have many and disparate teaching and learning needs. We frequently receive many requests for information and clarification that enable us to continue to improve our website. We have compiled a list of some of the more frequent requests for information into a Frequently Asked Question section included her. We have categorized those questions to make it easier for you to get answers to your questions. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please visit the Contact MERLOT Help section to determine who might be the best person to answer your questions.

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EDUCAUSE helps those who lead, manage, and use information technology to shape strategic IT decisions at every level within higher education. It is more than technology to EDUCAUSE members. It is a system of people, processes, organizations, and challenges that are constantly evolving.

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Online Learning Consortium

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is the leading professional organization devoted to advancing quality online learning by providing professional development, instruction, best practice publications and guidance to educators, online learning professionals and organizations around the world.

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Teaching Online: A Practical Guide, 3rd Edition

Ko, S., & Rossen, S. (2017). Teaching Online: A Practical Guide, 4th Edition. New York and London: Routledge.

International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies

The mission of the International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies (IJWLTT) is to contribute to the broadening of the overall body of knowledge regarding the multi-dimensional aspects of Web-based technologies in contemporaneous educational contexts, assisting researchers, practitioners, and decision makers to design more effective learning systems and scenarios.

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International Journal of Distance Education Technologies

The International Journal of Distance Education Technologies (IJDET) publishes original research articles of distance education four issues per year. IJDET is a primary forum for researchers and practitioners to disseminate practical solutions to the automation of open and distance learning.

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Carnegie Mellon Principles of Learning

The following list presents the basic principles that underlie effective learning. These principles are distilled from research from a variety of disciplines.

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Carnegie Mellon Principles of Teaching

The following small but powerful set of principles can make teaching both more effective and more efficient, by helping us create the conditions that support student learning and minimize the need for revising materials, content, and policies (Retrieved from

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Google Docs

Google Docs is an online office site, similar to Microsoft Office, but one that runs as a web apps and thus all you need is a browser and an Internet connection to use Google Docs.

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Create or redevelop rubrics for instruction.

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Quality Matters

Find numerous resources for online education, including events.

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University of Wisconsin STOUT

A collection of rubrics for assessing portfolios, cooperative learning, research process/ report, PowerPoint, oral presentation, web page, blog, wiki, and other social media projects.

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Visual Understanding Environment

The Visual Understanding Environment (VUE) is an Open Source project based at Tufts University. The VUE project is focused on creating flexible tools for managing and integrating digital resources in support of teaching, learning and research. VUE provides a flexible visual environment for structuring, presenting, and sharing digital information (Retrieved from:

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Strategies for Managing the Online Workload - Strategies for Managing the Online Workload

By HOST: Lawrence C. Ragan, Director of Instructional Design and Development, Penn State's World Campus

One of the foremost concerns of online instructors is that teaching online requires more time than the traditional face-to-face classroom setting. The Strategies for Managing the Online Workload (SMOW) collection represents short descriptions, tips, techniques, and methods developed and used by experienced online educators to manage their time more effectively in the online learning experience (Retrieved from

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