This webpage explains the MERLOT’s database and how to access it.


Within MERLOT thousands of learning objects apply to ICT literacy. These learning objects are web-based, interactive resources that are self-contained so they can be re-used in other contexts. MERLOT learning objects are intended to be peer-reviewed in terms of their content quality, potential effectiveness as a teaching tool, and ease of use by students and faculty.

Each learning object record (entry) includes a title, URL, author, description, material type, audience, language, category, key words, technical format (including mobile compatibility), accessibility, cost, and copyright. Most of these fields are searchable under the “Material Advanced Search” feature.

The main category for ICT literacy is found under Academic Support Services: Information and Communication Technology Literacy with the following subcategories, listed alphabetically:

  • Information and Communication Technology Standards
  • Searching and Evaluating Information
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Instructional Design
  • Media and Visual Literacy
  • Research Skills
  • Subject-specific Information Literacy

As noted in the Professional Development page, several other categories include ICT literacy learning objects that cut across disciplines:

  • Academic Support Services / Faculty Development / several concepts
  • Academic Support Services / Library and Information Services / several concepts
  • Arts / Art Education (for visual literacy) and each medium
  • Business / Information Systems
  • Business / Marketing / Advertising
  • Education / Digital Citizenship
  • Education / TeacherEd/ Instructional Technology
  • Humanities / Communication Studies
  • Humanities / English / Language / Composition and Rhetoric
  • Science and Technology / Information Technology
  • Science and Technology / Instructional Technology

You can SEARCH by CATEGORY index, and click on these headings. When you find a good learning object, check what categories are listed as that can help you find additional related ones. Under the top SEARCH tab, you can also search by learning activities, speakers, and MERLOT members. You can even search other repositories (called “libraries”) such as YouTube, Google Books, MIT Open Courseware, and OER Commons.

Several bookmark collections address ICT literacy. Here are sample ones:

In addition, several subject-specific guides to ICT literacy resources (bibliographies, websites, articles, learning activity ideas) have been created (including one for each academic discipline community). One way to access them is to type "ICT Literacy in" as a title in the Advanced Search feature, and then view them in title order. You can also see the entire group of guides at one website: Subject-Specific ICT Literacy.

If you see a need for another bookmark collection or subject-specific guide within the scope of ICT literacy, contact Lesley.Farmer@csulb.edu. You can copy and modify existing bookmark collections for your own use as well as as provide a centralized URL for your students to access. To see all bookmark collections, go to “Add to Collection.” Then click on “Browse all material.” Bookmark collections is a button on the left side. As a MERLOT member, you can also create bookmark collections, which will be added to MERLOT automatically.

As a MERLOT member, you can contribute materials to MERLOT’s database. When you do, be sure to add all the possible categories that would be appropriate to search, and tag generously to aid users in locating the learning object. You can also create leraning exercises and courses based on the learning objects.

You can also become a reviewer of ICT literacy MERLOT learning objects. If interested, contact Lesley.Farmer@csulb.edu



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MERLOT Community

The MERLOT Community’s site includes tips for teaching, information about the peer-review process, and search capability specifically for subject-specific learning materials. Some of the relevant communities include the subject-specific portals, especially Instructional Technology, and academic support service portal such as Library and Information Services and Pedagogy.