MERLOT Technologies

 

MERLOT continuously improves its services and develops new, related technologies to share with the MERLOT community. As MERLOT develops these new technologies, they either become integrated in the system as improved services for our community, or they are offered to our Partners and Members in various ways under a variety of conditions.

Below is a list of MERLOT technologies that are available, under varying terms and conditions, to the MERLOT community:

MERLOT Web Services

MERLOT has developed a set of Web Services (APIs) that can be incorporated into web-based applications by third party software developers to provide direct access to the MERLOT collection and system. The availability of MERLOT‘s Web Services are subject to the Web Services Fee Structure and to our Software Agreement.

 

Note that MERLOT Web Services cannot be deployed by end users but must be implemented and provided to end users by their institution’s software developers and system administrators. See below for more information on requesting a license key.

MERLOT’s Web Services include:

Examples of our Partners’ deployment of MERLOT Web Services can be found HERE.

 

Requesting Use of MERLOT Web Services

 

To deploy MERLOT Web Services, please request the Web Service software and a “key” to unlock it, by completing the form at http://www.merlot.org/merlot/signWebServicesForm.htm.   If the request is approved, instructions and documentation will be forwarded to the requestor within seven days of submission of the request.

 

Web Services Fee Structure

All Partner fees shown in the chart below are one-time and include support for the duration of the partnership. If a Partner terminates their partnership with MERLOT, deployed Web Services will be permitted to operate for six months following the termination date, excluding support. For additional information about MERLOT Web Services, contact the MERLOT Webmaster at webmaster@merlot.org. Information on becoming a MERLOT Partner can be found on our Become A Partner page.    

MERLOT, under the terms of a separately executed agreement, may offer Partners and non-Partners a service that allows for restricted harvesting of MERLOT metadata. The table below indicates the approximate annual fee (two year minimum) that may be charged for that service. Other conditions, services, approvals and fees may apply.
 

WEB SERVICE

PARTNER

 (ACADEMIC OR CORPORATE)

CAMPUS
SUBSCRIPTION 
PARTNER

NON PROFIT
NON-PARTNER ACADEMIC

OTHER
NON-PARTNER

BASIC SEARCH

Included in Partner Fee

Included in 
Partner Fee

No Cost for Non-Profit

$5,000/year 

ADVANCED SEARCH 
(MATERIALS OR MEMBERS
)

Included in Partner Fee

$300 - one time

Campus Subscription Partner Fee + $300

$10,000/year

CONTRIBUTE

Included in Partner Fee

$300 – one time

$300 + bundled with Advanced Search

$2,500/year; requires Advanced Search

OTHERS
(REGISTER, COMMENTS, FORGOT USERNAME/
PASSWORD, VERIFY LOGIN, BOOKMARK COLLECTIONS and COURSE EPORTFOLIOS)

Included in Partner Fee

Included with Contribute

Included with 
Contribute bundle + negotiated fee

$2,500/year; requires Contribute

Federated Search

Negotiated based on level of service

Negotiated based on level of service

Negotiated based on level of service

$10,000/year

MERLOT Metadata Harvest Service

$25,000

$25,000

$25,000

$25,000

 

Integration with Learning Management Systems  
MERLOT search has been incorporated into a number of learning management systems. For the most part this has been done by the vendors’ integrating MERLOT Web Services into their user interfaces. These integrations enable instructors to search MERLOT directly from within the LMS and to insert learning materials found in the MERLOT collection directly into their instructional modules.

 

Blackboard  

MERLOT has developed a Building Block to allow Blackboard users to search MERLOT from within the LMS. For more information and to download the Building Block, go to http://www.blackboard.com/Partnerships/Extensions.aspx. To find information about MERLOT look at "Browse the Extensions." There is a "Filter by Text" box on the right. Enter MERLOT to search the library. Click on the link that is returned, to begin the access process.


Canvas

MERLOT has developed a LTI integration for Canvas users.  For more information on the Canvas app, go to https://www.eduappcenter.com/apps/527#.V1B9V8ArLRY.   Use this app to search MERLOT from within Canvas by entering keywords.

 

Desire2Learn and ANGEL Learning

These two learning management systems (LMS) have incorporated the MERLOT Simple Search Web Service into their products. If you have either of these products and do not have the ability to search MERLOT from within your LMS, contact technical support.  ANGEL users - support is through your vendor support portal. Desire2Learn users contact your account manager or system administrator to acquire this service. For more information about the use of our Web Service with LMSs go to the LMS page.


Moodle 2.0+

Moodle 2.0+ has integrated a plugin to allow searching MERLOT. System administrators have the ability to enable “MERLOT search” for MERLOT learning object metadata. When this capability is enabled, Moodle 2.0+ instructors can directly search the MERLOT collection from within Moodle, and insert learning materials directly into their instructional modules. Please note that the MERLOT plugin for Moodle was not created by MERLOT, and MERLOT does not provide technical support for the plugin. MERLOT has provided a set of instructions for information purposes only, and these are subject to change at any time. Download the Information Guide here

 

  
The chart below shows the LMS’s that have deployed MERLOT Web Services. More information about these deployments can be found by contacting the vendor directly.

Blackboard Integrated MERLOT Search Building Block (Simple Search)
ANGEL Learning Integrated MERLOT Simple Search functionality
Desire2Learn Integrated MERLOT Simple Search functionality
Moodle 2.0+ Integrated MERLOT Simple Search functionality for Version 2.x

Metadata Batch Import

MERLOT supports batch processes for those who wish to contribute 100+ materials to our collection. This process allows you to bypass the interactive Contribute Wizard and easily add metadata about many learning materials in your digital library to the MERLOT collection.

In order for each learning material to be transferred, MERLOT provides a spreadsheet template into which you must enter all the metadata fields in your collection that correspond, in the exact format specified, to the required metadata in the MERLOT collection. MERLOT staff, working with your staff, then imports your completed spreadsheet data into the MERLOT collection. For more detailed information about the process and to obtain the spreadsheet, contact the MERLOT Webmaster at webmaster@merlot.org. 

 

For more information regarding any MERLOT Technologies, contact the MERLOT Webmaster at webmaster@merlot.org.