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Activity - Find and Share from Merlot

In this Discussion Forum, share one resource from Merlot.  Please include a link to the material, explain why you selected it, and how you would include this resource in your blended class.  Please check to make sure your link is working by previewing your post.

Be sure to read some of the other contribution on the board and post a reply.

CTD0333 - 520282 
Fantasic Finds
by RHONDA BERGER (rberger) at 2/15/2009 9:22 AM
Thanks one and all...  I will post these resources for others who follow....
Southern Literature from Merlot
by CARY SER (cser) at 2/13/2009 7:33 PM
http://docsouth.unc.edu/   This is a Merlot site taking the students to the University of North Carolina.  It is a collection of southern narratives pertaining to socio-cultural history and literature from the colonial period through the early parts of the 20th century. The site will be helpful to students who are looking for sources to consult for their ENC 1102 research papers stemming from Kate Chopin’s “The Awakening.”  It offers electronic texts of other Chopin writings, so they can study character types, the impact of the southern setting, and the importance of spiritual beliefs to give one strength when dealing with personal crises, as conveyed by Chopin.  edited by cser on 2/13/2009 7:34 PM edited by cser on 2/13/2009 7:37 PM
Cyber Listening Lab
by FRANCIA TORRES (ftorres1) at 2/13/2009 3:22 PM

I am sure I am the last one to post, but I found a great resource for ELLs. Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab is great for students looking to increase listening fluency in English. Many students need supplemental audio material to practice. This website provides a vast amount of audio files for students to use. I particularly like this site more because it provides instruction solely in English; since, other sites give them Spanish translations. I will use this for my ESOL classes, as well as suggest it to my College Prep students.


From Merlot
by JUDITH TARVER (jtarver) at 2/9/2009 2:52 AM


This website contains useful flowcharts and guidelines that help college students with writing.

Students frequently complete prewriting activities as quickly as possible and address the topics on a superficial level. In Pit Bull Brainstorming: Invention Strategies for Composition, Susan Smith Nash, Ph.D., shows how to use a series of questions to examine the increase in the number of attacks by the American Pit Bull Terrier.  She shows how forming these questions in the prewriting stage helps students examine the issues more thoroughly in their papers.  In this particular discussion, she provides audio files, including a link to a NPR broadcast, and several relevant links to help students formulate opinions and ask important questions.  She also includes links which enable students to address these issues as they apply to their communities. She shows how writing assignments provide opportunities to make changes in the world.

Professor Nash provides many samples of rhetorical patterns and current issues of interest to our students.

Boolean Searching
by DEBORAH KEELER (dkeeler) at 2/8/2009 2:55 PM

I've used Merlot before and I think it's top notch in my area of Library and Information Services. I learned about Merlot during the Spring Break Seminar last May.

In the Library and Information Services Portal of Merlot, I located a very nice Flash tutorial called, "Searching Using AND, OR, NOT (Boolean Searching) authored by Michelle Mach at Colorado State. It is one of the simplest tutorials to navigate I've seen. Also, the progression of steps is extremely clear. oOn the other hand, I'm not too crazy about the database results the author used to illustrate OR, where she showed over 6,000 results as a good search and a reason for using OR -- to increase results or broaden a search, but 6,000 is overwhelming to the student.

The link to the tutorial is:


Merlot Resources
by MARTA MAGELLAN (mmagella) at 2/7/2009 5:15 PM

I found a research test on Merlot, which I can use in ENC 1102 and in othere classes where I assign research papers.  It contains an assessment and sends the student to the site below for detailed information.


edited by rberger on 2/8/2009 9:13 AM
resources from Merlot - Colleen Chung
by COLLEEN CHUNG (cchung) at 2/6/2009 2:15 PM

I found quite a few resources for accounting in Merlot.  The ones I like best are the "drill and practice" which will enhance the online portion of my class.  There is a free site, www.accountingcoach.com, that I will add as a useful link to help students understand the  basic accounting concept of debits and credits.

Re: resources from Merlot - Colleen Chung
by RHONDA BERGER (rberger) at 2/7/2009 10:39 AM
Glad you found something useful.  
Find and Share Merlot
by MARTHA CAVALARIS (mcavalar) at 2/5/2009 2:13 PM

Merlot is a very nice resource and was able to find a few links in acccounting


by NANCY DAVIES (ndavies) at 2/4/2009 4:02 PM
Through Merlot, I stumbled (and I mean this literally) upon this website called http://bigthink.com .  It contains videos of "smart people" talking about different topics.  I am sure I can use this in my blended course to inspire ideas in the minds of students.  Developing ideas is a constant struggle.  They will use this because it is very much like You Tube. 
Great resource
by RHONDA BERGER (rberger) at 2/5/2009 12:35 PM
What a great site and one that could be used in many classes.   It is also a way-cool example of a Web 2.0 application (for exchanging ideas.)  - thanks
Florida Orange Grove
by NANCY DAVIES (ndavies) at 2/4/2009 3:33 PM

http://florida.theorangegrove.org/og/items/ edited by ndavies on 2/4/2009 3:34 PM

I couldn't find much in the areas of research, punctuation, grammar or MLA style at the Orange Grove website.  The above was found under the "research" key word.  It is a tool for evaluating websites.  This would be useful in my ENC 1102 course.

edited by ndavies on 2/4/2009 3:37 PM
by RHONDA BERGER (rberger) at 2/3/2009 2:45 PM
I'm glad you are finding good links on Merlot.   It's been around awhile longer than the Florida Orange Grove and just like a fine wine.. has matured. 
Merlot materials
by ANDREW FRADOS (afrados) at 2/3/2009 1:01 PM

I had been to this site before and found many useful exercises, somewhat similar to the Orange Grove. Again I was searching for assessment material and I found my choice of several ones. The one I decided on is a Heart and Lung auscultation assistant that helps students learn to differentiate the different sounds and would enable them to work independently and at their own pace. I like the idea !


Re: Merlot materials
by RHONDA BERGER (rberger) at 2/5/2009 12:37 PM

Do you have the link? 

Java Programming success on Merlot!
by GREGORY BALLINGER (gballing) at 2/3/2009 12:18 AM

Canadian Mind Products Java & Internet Glossary. I chose it because it offers a wide variety of options -- demostration applets, clear instructions, links to other sites.

The main way I would use this in my course is to provide a link to it as a "Useful Resource." More specifically I may assign its section or Jar files as an alternative to the textbook coverage on the subject -- most textbooks don't cover this topic well.

Re: Java Programming success on Merlot!
by RHONDA BERGER (rberger) at 2/5/2009 12:36 PM
Over my head, but glad you found something useful.   :)
by MIRIAM DEL CAMPO (mdelcamp) at 2/2/2009 6:09 PM

In a blended biology course, I would use some of the simulations found in the MERLOT Science and Technology, Biology simulations sections.  The links below lead to a fantastic simulation on "Herpes simplex virus infection and replication".  These LO include: animations, video, graphics and a hefty component of literature on the subject, plus the research conducted by DR. Ed Wagner, which was last modified on December 2008.   

I would use some of these LO to present this topic in class and then I would assign some of this information as homework and for reinforcement and application of the concepts of viruses and how they function. 

Lots of great material on Biology can be found in MERLOT!



by NELSON DE LA ROSA (ndelaro1) at 2/2/2009 4:25 PM

Well, Merlot is too much. In the site http://www.ies.co.jp/math/java/vector/index.html

it has an extensive variety of explanation of vectors as well as its applications. For example in Calculus 3 or Linear Algebra, it fits perfectly to replace the mathematical proof. Also, it helps a lot to conclude with hypothesis in theorems. I will use in my class as a portion of the online component. It facilitates a lot instructor explanations since students may study themselves and comprehend definitions and theorem. It is very powerful.

Re: Merlot-Vectors
by ELIANE KEANE (ekeane) at 2/3/2009 12:50 PM
Nice links Neslon. Very useful indeed.
Link to MERLOT materials
by MARCIA CASSIDY (mcassidy) at 2/2/2009 3:54 PM

Imagine what I found on MERLOT...lots of stuff for my course and others I am busy planning...

below is a link to materials at the advanced level of ESL to help students prepare for stnadardized reading tests (especially the CPT) with practice items and unique format.

These would be excellent to present to the students as initial materials...the practice tests would be taken online and discussions re results could take place F2F...


Re: Link to MERLOT materials
by HELEN ROLAND (hroland) at 2/3/2009 8:04 AM

Wonderful material for CPT prep.  I wonder who wrote it?  

*For those of you who don't know, Marcia and Crisit wrote these materials!


Merlot Star
by RHONDA BERGER (rberger) at 2/3/2009 2:43 PM

Five stars for eWriting on Merlot..... 

Triangulating Shakespeare
by VICTOR CALDERIN (vcalderi) at 2/2/2009 1:18 PM

During my Merlot search, I found a useful site for teaching Shakespeare called Triangulating Shakespeare.  The website offers material on three different levels: introductory, advanced, and graduate.  In addition to the levels, the site also divides the visitors into the categories of readers, viewers, and performers.  Upon entering the site, there is a good about of material for students, ranging from an extremely useful paradigm for literary analysis to videos from class performances. 

  I intend to use this site when I cover the Shakespeare in my blended ENC 1102.  After I review the clips, I will probable have students write responses to the viewing of three selected scenes.  The link is below:


edited by vcalderi on 2/2/2009 1:19 PM
Re: Triangulating Shakespeare
by MARTA MAGELLAN (mmagella) at 2/7/2009 5:13 PM
Great tip.  I'll have to check this out.
Pythagorean Funny
by ELIANE KEANE (ekeane) at 2/1/2009 9:18 PM
I had to watch it twice to be able to laugh. Possibly because I am a foreigner and did not understand it... thought students would consider it funny and possibly laugh to remember the theorem... Sometimes,  as we all know, students may not laugh at things we think are funny or the other way around. Merlot site
Re: Pythagorean Funny
by NELSON DE LA ROSA (ndelaro1) at 2/2/2009 4:35 PM
I believe they will laugh too.
Mathematics from Merlot
by ELIANE KEANE (ekeane) at 2/1/2009 9:09 PM

Found a learning material on how to find the Domain of function to be possibly used in a blended college algebra course. merlot link . Have not found great learning materials at the college level math- a lot more advanced material involving calc 2 and up. Possibly need to refine my search or possibly merlot is not a great site for my Mac 1105 course- what do you think Nelson? Did you find something appropriate?

DNA from the Beginning
by SUZANNE BUTLER (sbutler) at 2/1/2009 1:17 PM
This exercise, found at  http://www.dnaftb.org/dnaftb/ is literally DNA from the beginning. It included important discoveries and the people who made them; video from a history professor who talks about the time line and the impact of the discoveries; animations walk students through the actual experimental procedures and ask them to predict or problem solve. It is huge and will be quite useful.
by ANNE NOWLAND (anowland) at 1/31/2009 9:06 PM

The sites on Microsoft Office were not on version 2007 but they had a site about Computer Viruses.


Good Activities
by RHONDA BERGER (rberger) at 1/31/2009 4:48 PM
I'm having too much fun looking at the links everyone is finding.   Although.... I haven't gotten a lick of housework done this weekend.   (So what is the downside?) edited by rberger on 1/31/2009 4:50 PM
Merlot Find and Share Activity
by ILIANA HAKES-MARTINEZ (ihakesma) at 1/30/2009 3:25 PM

"Make" or "Do"?

What a copious amount of valuable resources for many disciplines! 

The following site effectively addresses a major ENC0002 an ENC0020 (sometimes even ENC0021) writing issue I face each semester--students' inability to choose correctly between "make" or "do."  Please click here.  The activity may be done online or F2F as a Group Activity Game or both.  I would incorporate both options.

Further, discover this site.  Excellent templates for games:  flashcards, jeopardy, etc. 

edited by ihakesma on 1/30/2009 3:54 PM edited by ihakesma on 1/30/2009 4:40 PM
Four Nets for Better Searching
by MARIA CASADO (mcasado) at 1/30/2009 12:09 PM

This is a great example to show students how to search "Google."  I've chosen this activity because is related to competencies in my course:

-Recognizing some of the many sources of free information on the Internet
-Understanding how search engines work
-Developing appropriate Boolean search statements for web search engines.

edited by mcasado on 1/30/2009 12:54 PM
Re: Four Nets for Better Searching
by JOSE DONIS (jdonis) at 2/2/2009 8:56 PM
Yes, great resource.  I've learned to use it myself in my research too.  I also found that my students don't really know how to research good resources.
It's No Laughing Matter ....Political Cartoons
by HELEN ROLAND (hroland) at 1/29/2009 4:46 PM

Evaluating passages for bias and point of view is a skill taught in EAP 1620 - Advanced Reading. Inference and author's tone are other points that we work with.   No Laughing Matters is a site that has a wonderful activity and explanations of political cartoons. I think it will be perfect for a blended session activity.  It is interactive and even has little quizzes along the way which provide scaffolding for our English language learners.


resource from Merlot . . . science
by RENE REVUELTA (rrevuelt) at 1/29/2009 12:00 PM
. . . again, I find hundreds of practical links in this site . . . I would like to share this link . . . www.dnaftb.org/dnaftb/ . . . it is for an activity titled “DNA from the Beginning” . . . and would be great for an online portion of a blended biology class . . . as a supplement to the textbook readings because it has animation, image gallery, video interviews, biographies, and links. . . Thank you, Rene
Total, Fixed, and Variable Costs
by GAIL HAWKS (ghawks) at 1/28/2009 2:22 PM

I found the following lesson which I would incorporate into my microeconomics blended course if I had one:  http://www.merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=74386

It discusses the basic costs of production starting with total cost and its subdivisions of fixed and variable costs. 

ESL Level 6 Writing Lab
by CRISTI MITCHELL (cmitchel) at 1/27/2009 4:21 PM
The Writer's Complex

This seems to be a good resource for students struggling with essay writing, research papers, and the process and mechanics of writing.  From Empire State College.  I would include this in my resources for Writing Lab Level 6.www.merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm
Music Theory
by JOSE DONIS (jdonis) at 1/27/2009 3:48 PM
In my humanities class, students must have elementary knowledge of music theory in order to understand a bit more what exactly they are listening to.  Rather than have them read a boring, single-faceted text about music, I found a site that helps students understand through reading, listening and application.  This site takes the reader through the various elementary musical concepts while allowing the learner listen to these concepts in real time.  This saves time using up classroom time to go through these concepts, when they can do it online, and then in our F2F session, we can analyze the music.
Web 2.0
by RHONDA BERGER (rberger) at 1/26/2009 8:07 PM
I found a link to a good introduction to Web 2.0 that I can use in the online portion of an upcoming workshop.   I choose this resource, What is Web 2.0?, because it is written by the person who coined the term in 2004 and because it  has explanations, examples, an audio option and discussion.   Merlot link.
Re: Web 2.0
by MARIA CASADO (mcasado) at 1/30/2009 12:21 PM

Hi Rhonda.  I like this introduction.  It's a good and clear explanation about the web.  I specially like their comparison from web 1.0 to web 2.0.