In working with iPads or flipped classrooms, one of the biggest
challenges is finding a source of vetted resources. You can use a search engine or the app store
all day long, but still struggle to find resources with an academic bent and
This is where MERLOT (Multimedia
Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching) comes in. As stated on their website, “MERLOT is a
free and open peer reviewed collection of online teaching and learning
materials and faculty-developed services contributed and used by an
international education community.” MERLOT’s
library of open educational multimedia resources is a great place to research
reviewed and vetted materials.
I used MERLOT’s advanced search
page to experiment with finding resources.
I limited my search to the Health Sciences community, and further
limited it by Health Sciences and Science and Technology. There is also a limit for iOS Tablet apps if
you prefer. While I didn’t try this
limit, you can specifically look for PowerPoint presentations, videos, Moodle
course packages, and other formats as well.
Limiting to peer reviewed content is also an option, but may
limit your results significantly.
The results screen is easy to navigate, and offers
additional limiting categories on the left.
By selecting a record, you can get more detail on an item
and see if there are any comments or reviews.
The Go to Resource
link sends you to the resource itself.
Do you have any other sources you’ve found helpful in
finding good educational materials? Feel
free to post your responses in the comments.