Land of a Thousand Lesson Plans

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by Evelyn Beck “OF THE PEOPLE, by the people, for the people…” Those famous words from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address referred to the U.S. government. But they might also apply to MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and On-line Teaching), an invaluable—and free—resource of over 10,000 Web-based learning materials created and constantly expanded by faculty across the country. “It’s a user-created digital library,” says executive director Gerry Hanley, who also serves as the senior director for academic technology in California State University’s Office of the Chancellor in Long Beach. “That’s different from having a few experts say what’s important to […]
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