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1 MERLOT and The Dance of Collaboration Collaborative Projects in the NSDL: Institutionalized Collaboration Gerard L. Hanley Executive Director MERLOT

2 10/14/03NSDL: MERLOT and Institutionalizing Collaboration Copyright MERLOT2 Dancing for Fun and Success MERLOT as a case study Choosing Your Partners –Types of Collaboration Choosing the Dance –Levels of Participation Taking Lessons –Making Collaboration Work

3 10/14/03NSDL: MERLOT and Institutionalizing Collaboration Copyright MERLOT3 Overview of MERLOT MERLOT’S Vision Be a premier online community where faculty, staff, and students from around the world share teaching-learning materials and pedagogy. MERLOT’s Goal and Strategy in NSDL To improve the effectiveness of teaching & learning by expanding the quantity and quality of peer-reviewed online learning materials that can be easily incorporated into faculty designed courses.

4 10/14/03NSDL: MERLOT and Institutionalizing Collaboration Copyright MERLOT4 Collaboration To Change the World Aggregation of Collaborators 21 Systems and Institutions 5 NSF grants & subcontracts In- Kind Contributions Conference Fees CSU Management Forces Lever Fulcrum Together we can leverage change MERLOT

5 10/14/03NSDL: MERLOT and Institutionalizing Collaboration Copyright MERLOT5 Choosing Your Partner MERLOT has different types of partners –Higher Education Institutions –Discipline-based Professional Societies Ex: American Association for Physics Teachers –Digital Libraries Ex: EDNA Online, SMETE.org –Academic Organizations Ex: NLII, NMC –Corporations Ex: McGraw-Hill, MacroMedia

6 10/14/03NSDL: MERLOT and Institutionalizing Collaboration Copyright MERLOT6 Choosing Your Dance With Each Type of Partner Levels of Commitment and Integration of Operations –Partners: Collaborate on MERLOT initiatives and provide financial support –Affiliates: Advocate for MERLOT using in-kind contributions –Sponsors: Pay for a presence in MERLOT to build goodwill and brand recognition. Purposes of Collaboration: Your Strategic Priorities –Peer Review –Collection Development & Services –Professional Development –Enabling Technologies

7 10/14/03NSDL: MERLOT and Institutionalizing Collaboration Copyright MERLOT7 MERLOT’s Higher Ed Partners Sustaining Partners California State University EduSource.canada System Partners: California Community Colleges Illinois Board of Higher Education Louisiana Board of Regents Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education South Dakota Board of Regents State University of New York Tennessee Board of Regents Troy State University University of Michigan University of North Carolina University System of Georgia University of Wisconsin System Virginia Community College System WICHE, Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications Campus Partners: Coastal Carolina University Cornell University Ohio University St. Petersburg College Seton Hall University

8 10/14/03NSDL: MERLOT and Institutionalizing Collaboration Copyright MERLOT8 Institutionalizing Collaboration With Participation Agreement MERLOT Commitments Management of Collaboration –Technology –Professional Development –Peer Review Process –Meetings and Communications Training Participation in Leadership Participation in Initiatives MERLOT Reserve Institution Commitments Annual fee In-kind support for administrative and faculty participation Integration of MERLOT into existing academic technology initiatives

9 10/14/03NSDL: MERLOT and Institutionalizing Collaboration Copyright MERLOT9 MERLOT’s Organizational Partners and Affiliates Digital Library Services Education.au Limited SMETE.org American Assoc of Physics Teachers Federated Search NEEDS (Engineering) HEAL (Heal Science) CAUSE (Statistics) Peer Review Professional Development New Media Consortium NLII/EDUCAUSE Professional Development Enabling Technologies IMS (Affiliate) Standards

10 10/14/03NSDL: MERLOT and Institutionalizing Collaboration Copyright MERLOT10 Institutionalizing Collaboration With MOU Both organizations sign MOU –Who are the organizations –Shared Values, Missions, Constituents –Goals of MOU –Commitments to manage collaboration –Develop work plan within 3 months –Intellectual Property and Confidentiality –Warranties, Liabilities, Indemnification –Rights of Parties –Contacts

11 10/14/03NSDL: MERLOT and Institutionalizing Collaboration Copyright MERLOT11 Corporate Alliances: What’s It Worth to Them? Focus: Professional development to produce improved readiness of customers and marketing Type of Collaboration: Sponsorship of the MERLOT International Conference MERLOT’s Corporate Participation –McGraw Hill- Desire-2-Learn –O’Reilly Publishers- MacroMedia –Academic Systems- Silicon Chalk Formalize Commitments with Participation Agreement (Costs and Benefits)

12 10/14/03NSDL: MERLOT and Institutionalizing Collaboration Copyright MERLOT12 Why Institutionalize Collaboration? “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” Formal agreements helps you – Follow through on intentions – Manage the work of collaboration – Be accountable for your commitments – Develop exit strategies – Focus on your core competencies Formal agreements are work, not just talk

13 Interested in collaborating with MERLOT? Contact: Gerry Hanley ghanley@merlot.org Brandon Muramatsu mura@merlot.orgghanley@merlot.orgmura@merlot.org THANK YOU! QUESTIONS?


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