Northern Virginia Community College French Professor Laura Franklin describes her work as MERLOT’s World Languages editor for Voices for Openness, a professional development project from the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL):
My experience with OER began in the year 2000 when I became one of two co-editors of the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT). As a community college educator, I was very conscious of the need for affordable learning materials for my students, so the free and open promise of the resources contained in MERLOT was music to my ears. My role involved working with language experts from many universities and colleges across the country and in Canada on peer review standards that would assure faculty members could use MERLOT materials with confidence. Content quality, potential effectiveness for use in teaching and learning, and ease of use are still the three criteria that MERLOT uses to evaluate the very best in learning materials. I also completed the composite peer reviews that appear on the MERLOT website. Over the years, this work has provided enough quality material to enhance my French courses at all levels of instruction. Indeed, I could design whole language courses around these online materials.
You can read the entire piece at http://sites.la.utexas.edu/voices/laura-franklin/.