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MERLOT and Epsilen Collaboration in Developing Next Generation of Smart Repository Environment. Ali Jafari , Ph.D. Professor / Director, IUPUI Sorel Reisman, Ph.D. Managing Director, MERLOT.ORG

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merlot and epsilen collaboration in developing next generation of smart repository environment
MERLOT and Epsilen Collaboration in Developing Next Generation of Smart Repository Environment

Ali Jafari, Ph.D.

Professor / Director, IUPUI

Sorel Reisman, Ph.D.

Managing Director, MERLOT.ORG

2006 MERLOT International Conference (MIC06)Westin Ottawa and Ottawa Congress Centre8-11 August 2006

MERLOT and Epsilen: Next Generation of Smart Repository Environment

presentation outline
Presentation Outline
  • MERLOT’s LMS Initiative
  • Epsilen Environment Project

MERLOT and Epsilen: Next Generation of Smart Repository Environment

merlot learning management system initiative
MERLOT Learning Management System Initiative
  • Three targets:
    • Proprietary vendor systems
    • Open source, community-shared/developed systems
    • New: Innovative LMS opportunities

MERLOT and Epsilen: Next Generation of Smart Repository Environment

merlot vendor partners
MERLOT Vendor Partners
  • Blackboard
  • WebCT
  • Desire2Learn
  • Angel Learning

MERLOT and Epsilen: Next Generation of Smart Repository Environment

why partner with merlot
Why Partner with MERLOT
  • Companies provide institutions content-free LMS infrastructure
  • Companies want outstanding reference examples of utility of their system over competition
  • Companies seek strategic alliances with content partners to demonstrate their product’s superiority
  • All MERLOT partners consider MERLOT a superior source of multi-disciplinary, high quality, academic content

MERLOT and Epsilen: Next Generation of Smart Repository Environment

why merlot partners
Why MERLOT Partners
  • MERLOT collection and services exposed to hundreds of thousands of higher education instructors/student worldwide.
  • Increased partnership possibilities
  • Increased MERLOT membership
  • Potential for significant growth of collection
  • MERLOT is completely “agnostic” and above board

MERLOT and Epsilen: Next Generation of Smart Repository Environment

partnership goals
Partnership Goals
  • Partners
    • Search MERLOT – basic and/or advanced
    • Integrate search results into instructor-build courses
  • MERLOT
    • Directly “submit” materials into the collection
  • Other

MERLOT and Epsilen: Next Generation of Smart Repository Environment

open source opportunities
Open Source Opportunities
  • MERLOT seeks partnerships with open source initiatives as their popularity grows
  • Moodle & Sakai – meetings at MIC 2006

MERLOT and Epsilen: Next Generation of Smart Repository Environment

innovative lms opportunities
Innovative LMSOpportunities
  • MERLOT is frequently invited to consider innovative partnerships
  • MERLOT assesses potential to evolve significantly electronic learning for our community
  • MERLOT invites such invitations
  • We assess grant potential as a marker of likely success
  • Epsilen meets all our criteria

MERLOT and Epsilen: Next Generation of Smart Repository Environment

ali s presentation outline
Ali’s Presentation Outline
  • About CyberLab and Epsilen
  • Next Generation of eLearning Model
  • Understanding Epsilen
  • Epsilen-MERLOT Demo
  • Smart Learning Object Search Engine

MERLOT and Epsilen: Next Generation of Smart Repository Environment

about cyberlab
About CyberLab

CyberLab is a research and development laboratory within the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI

  • Oncourse (1997-1999)
  • ANGEL (1999-2000)
  • Epsilen (2001-present)

MERLOT and Epsilen: Next Generation of Smart Repository Environment

next generation of elearning environment
Next Generation of eLearning Environment
  • New Conceptual Idea
  • New Technical Framework
  • New Business Plan

See EDUCAUSE Review, July/Aug 2006

http://www.educause.edu/apps/er/erm06/erm0643.asp

MERLOT and Epsilen: Next Generation of Smart Repository Environment

epsilen
Epsilen

A “combo box” or “Swiss Army knife” of eLearning

  • Lifelong and Personal:
      • ePortfolio
      • CMS
      • Repository
      • Social Networking (academic and professional)
      • Group collaboration
      • Email, IM, SMS
      • MyPortal
      • Intelligent agent

MERLOT and Epsilen: Next Generation of Smart Repository Environment

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Epsilen

Easy to use

Low Cost

Smart

Open Environment

A “combo box” or “Swiss Army knife” of eLearning

  • Lifelong and Personal:
      • ePortfolio
      • CMS
      • Repository
      • Social Networking (academic and professional)
      • Group collaboration
      • Email, IM, SMS
      • MyPortal
      • Intelligent agent

MERLOT and Epsilen: Next Generation of Smart Repository Environment

epsilen framework
Epsilen Framework

MERLOT and Epsilen: Next Generation of Smart Repository Environment

epsilen merlot demo
Epsilen – MERLOT Demo

www.epsilen.com

Free registration

*.edu email is required to register

* Out of USA institutions send request to [email protected]

MERLOT and Epsilen: Next Generation of Smart Repository Environment

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Q & A

To obtain a copy of this presentation visit: http://jafari.iupui.epsilen.com

Ali Jafari, [email protected]

Sorel Reisman, [email protected]

MERLOT and Epsilen: Next Generation of Smart Repository Environment

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