Create Materials With Content Builder

The MERLOT Content Builder is a free webpage and website development tool that is integrated into MERLOT. It is directly accessible by logged-in members from the MERLOT home page by clicking the Create Material with Content Builder tile or the Access Content Builder link from a member's profile page, under Actions.  All webpages and websites built with Content Builder are hosted by MERLOT.

Webpages are easily created using Content Builder's templates. These include a variety of designs including e-portfolio structures, lesson plans, author guidelines, quality assurance, teaching tips, , course redesign, online course, etc.

You can view some of these examples on the Effective Uses of the MERLOT Content Builder Tool website (which was created with Content Builder). You can also visit the MERLOT Authoring Strategies page for more information.  For help using the MERLOT Content Builder, access the  MERLOT Content Builder Users Guide.  

When you create a website using the MERLOT Content Builder, it contains webpages that can include a navigation bar, text, imported documents, and uploaded photos and videos. A Content Builder webpage consists of a title "box" plus additional boxes, each displaying an aspect of webpage content.  For text-only mode browsers, images inserted in a webpages can include "alt tags" describing the image when the cursor is rolled over it.  

 

Besides being able to create webpages and websites in Content Builder, a user can:

Every effort has been made to make the MERLOT website accessible to users of assistive technologies.  It has been developed with the intention for keyboard users and screen reader users with the horizontal menu navigation to have the best possible user experience.  MERLOT has addressed many accessibility requirements in its implementation of the Content Builder.  


To begin using the Content Builder

  1. Go to the MERLOT home page – and click the Add to Collection menu at the top of the page and select Create Materials with Content Builder or click on the tile on the home page with the same name. If you are not logged in or not a member of MERLOT, you will be prompted.  You can register at http://www.merlot.org/merlot/join.htm
  2. From the Add to Collection page, click on Create Material with Content Builder.  
  3. If you need help during your webpage creation, click on the HELP link in the top right of the page.  It will take you to a MERLOT Content Builder Users Guide, with information on all the different features of the MERLOT Content Builder.

 

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