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Open Educational Resources (OER): Merlot

Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes.

Merlot: Merlot is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community.

Since 1997, MERLOT has been an international community of faculty, staff, students, administrators, librarians, and others in education interested in discovering, using, and sharing Open Educational Resources (OER) for the improvement of technology-enhanced teaching and learning. The MERLOT community has developed a unique and globally-renowned collection of more than 40,000 online learning materials, all of which have been peer- or crowd-source reviewed by members of the community. MERLOT is free to use, and is sustained through the support of higher education institutions from around the world, led by the California State University. More than 25 editorial boards of discipline-specific subject matter experts develop and curate MERLOT's collection with quality assurance methods. Many higher education and K-12 institutions, non-profit associations, special interest groups, and corporations have adopted and integrated MERLOT services into their online education initiatives.