Digital Case Stories Now Available

POD Network News
Fall 2010

The MERLOT ELIXR Initiative
is pleased to announce that their full set of 78 digital case stories for faculty development is now available. These stories can be used freely in faculty development programs and also accessed by individual instructors.

The MERLOT ELIXR Initiative is a multimedia case story repository that features discipline-specific stories of faculty engaged in exemplary teaching practices. All the case stories are brief, applied, and focus on a particular teaching strategy and offer faculty vignettes, course artifacts and interactive resources.

For example, the popular First Day of Class
highlights how six professors engage with their students from day one, resulting in an effective foundation for learning and engagement for their courses. With many of our stories, faculty development resources, such as a Workshop Guide, are included for context about the teaching topic.

Two examples of how you can use ELIXR digital case stories in your faculty development efforts include showcasing story elements during an event to demonstrate a point and/or lead into an exercise and sending new faculty links to case stories relevant to New Faculty Orientation.

ELIXR’s faculty development resources include other ideas and access to an article, Using Multimedia Case Stories of Exemplary Teaching for Faculty Development, which will be published in To Improve the Academy Journal in Fall 2010.

Independent evaluation data underscores the effect of these ELIXR case stories for faculty developers and faculty. Additionally, our ELIXR fellows who gathered evaluation data reported that the stories provided “added value” to their faculty development efforts.

This creation of this online repository is a result of involvement from teams at thirty higher education institutions in the US.  For more information, contact Dr. Thomas Carey at 

--Dr. Thomas Carey,
Visiting Senior Scholar, Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education, San Diego State University