Posts Tagged ‘MERLOT’

Infographic: Online Education in the USA Report 2011

January 1, 2012 3 comments

Report can be found at:

Learning how to assess learning portfolios

David Wicks, Assistant Professor, Director of Instructional Technology, Seattle Pacific University
Andrew Lumpe, Professor, Associate Dean, School of Education, Seattle Pacific University

Abstract: When institutions switch from a program assessment system to individual learning portfolios, students spend more time reflecting upon, personalizing, and documenting their work. During such a transition, assessment design becomes more challenging. Alignment of artifacts to program standards is essential to ensure continuity of learning and program documentation. We describe a transition from a sterile electronic portfolio system to a learner centered, reflective blogging portfolio (bPortfolio) using free accounts. Session attendees will receive access to examples of portfolio entries, assessment rubrics, and strategies for using four types.

Presentation – Video, PDF

Presented at the 3rd Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning Symposium in San Jose, California on July 22, 2010.

Ten Etiquette Twips for Conference Tweeters

August 1, 2009 4 comments

After attended several conferences this year where tweeting was not only allowed but encouraged, I thought that it might be helpful to develop some “twips” for tweeting at a conference. More than anything, this list was created to help me reflect on how I can be a more productive member of the community at this year’s MERLOT International Conference in San Jose.

  1. Be courteous to those sitting around you. Even at a technology conference, there are attendees who are distracted by the use of laptops and smart phones.
  2. Send only one or two Updates from a session. Share a twugget not a twanscript.
  3. Use Updates to ask any questions you have about a session topic or the conference in general. There are no quotos on inquiry-based Updates.
  4. Answer other participants questions using @username in Replies so the person asking a question can see the response under Mentions or @username.
  5. Include URLs to important content shared by presenters in your Updates. Be sure to use a URL shortening application (e.g. http://  to reduce the total number of characters.
  6. Include the conference hash tag, (e.g. #MIC09) on all conference-relate Updates to help others find and organize content for their Personal Learning Networks.
  7. Retweet (RT) valuable Updates from other participants letting the Twitterverse know that an important idea has been shared.
  8. Write concise updates. It’s hard to ReTweet Updates that use all or most of the 140-character limit.
  9. Avoid writing cryptic Updates. Texting is for kids.
  10. Golden Twip: Tweet only what is appropriate to stand and say during a conference session. A critique of a presenter’s delivery skills (e.g. “David Wicks is just reading his slides. Boring!”) should be saved for the official session evaluation form.

Do you have any recommendations on changes that should be made to this list? I will be sharing it as part of pre-conference webinar, How to Twitter about the MERLOT International Conference.

Happy tweeting at your next conference!


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Come to MERLOT this summer

May 19, 2009 1 comment

I’ll be attending the MERLOT International Conference in San Jose, August 13-16, 2009. I’m giving a presentation on Lecture Capture technology. MERLOT always puts on great conferences. If you are interested in eLearning I would encourage you to attend. Here’s a message from the MERLOT project director with more information about the conference.

Dear MERLOT International Conference Presenter,

As MERLOT Project Director for the CSU system and corporate coordinator for the conference, I want to thank you for your participation in the 9th annual MERLOT International Conference, August 13-16 in San Jose.  Rarely do we have the opportunity to attend an international conference focused on pedagogy, teaching and learning innovations, effective application of academic technology within the beautiful state of California.

As my friend and colleague Dr. Cris Guenter, Professor of Education at CSU-Chico and Editor of the MERLOT Teacher Education Editorial Board, reminded me recently, “The MERLOT International Conference provides a chance for me to share and exchange recent technology trends, teaching issues, and simmering ideas with friends and colleagues from around the world. The inclusive atmosphere, the range of perspectives and the variety of approaches to how MERLOT is used by instructors helps me keep my face-to-face, blended, and online courses current and engaging.”

Given your appreciation of the value of the MERLOT International Conference, I hope you will make a concerted effort to spread the word on your campus about this wonderful professional development opportunity.  To help you spread the word please send to your colleagues and friends the attached MERLOT International Conference flyer or refer them to the conference website

I know budgets are tight for us all and yet as people committed to teaching and learning we still must find effective ways to innovate, collaborate and develop new skills and insights to meet our students effectively.

As always, on behalf of the MERLOT, thank you for all you do to make MERLOT an effective resource.  Your efforts are appreciated.  I’m looking forward to seeing you in San Jose, CA this summer for the 9th annual MERLOT International Conference.

With appreciation,

Regan Caruthers

MERLOT Project Director, CSU

MIC 2009 Corporate Coordinator

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