Are you interested in improving your course delivery? Need a royalty-free music site? Use the links below to explore a few of the many resources freely available to educators.
- MERLOT Library
- Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) is a leading edge, user-centered, searchable collection of peer reviewed and selected higher education, online learning materials, catalogued by registered members and a set of faculty development support services. MERLOT's vision is to be a premiere online community where faculty, staff, and students from around the world share their learning materials and pedagogy (excerpt taken from the MERLOT home page).
- Tools for Creating, Editing, and Sharing Information
- The Teaching with Technology wiki site contains "external links to downloadable software, "cloudware," and webservices like hosting." The list of resources here is extensive.
- A website whose "mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology," the Educause website contains information, resources, and a community area for higher education professionals and information. Emporia State University has a site license to ECAR. Set up your account by accessing Educause's registration page. Be sure to use your emporia.edu e-mail address to set up the account. (See the next entry to find out why.)
- Part of Educause, ECAR (Educause Center for Applied Research) has a goal of "fostering informed decision making on matters related to the application and use of information technology in higher education. Access to ECAR research is available through institutional and corporate subscription, sponsorship, and purchase. Some materials, such as the survey instruments used for our research, are publicly available from this Web site." As above, if you've created an account with Educause, you will have access to the materials and research contained on this site.
- Educator's Reference Desk
- "The Educator's Reference Desk builds on over a quarter century of experience providing high-quality resources and services to the education community. From the Information Institute of Syracuse, the people who created AskERIC, the Gateway to Educational Materials, and the Virtual Reference Desk, the Educator's Reference Desk brings you the resources you have come to depend on. 2,000+ lesson plans, 3,000+ links to online education information, and 200+ question archive responses.
- United States Library of Congress Copyright Office
- The Library of Congress Copyright website provides information on all aspects of copyright, including a section including frequently asked questions (FAQs), copyright basics, and taking the mystery out of copyright for students and teachers. You may link to the Electronic Copyright Office to register a work from this site.
- Association for Educational Communication and Technology
- The AECT "is a professional association of thousands of educators and others whose activities are directed toward improving instruction through technology. AECT members may be found in colleges and universities; in the Armed Forces and industry; in museums, libraries, and hospitals; in the many places where edu cational change is underway. AECT members carry out a wide range of responsibilities in the study, planning, application, and production of communications media for instruction." See the fee structure for AECT dues here.
- Creative Commons
- A nonprofit organization that increases sharing and improves collaboration, Creative Commons works "to increase the amount of creativity (cultural, educational, and scientific content) in “the commons” — the body of work that is available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, repurposing, and remixing. Our tools give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work."