MERLOT Technologies

MERLOT is continuously improving its services and developing new, related technologies to share with the MERLOT community. As MERLOT develops these new technologies, they become integrated in the system as improved services, or offered to our Partners and Members.

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. The availability of MERLOT‘s Web Services are subject to the Web Services Fee Structure and our Software Agreement.

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

Requesting Use of MERLOT Web Services

To deploy MERLOT Web Services, you must request the Web Service software and a “key” to unlock it, by completing the Web Services Form. If the request is approved, instructions and documentation will be forwarded within 3 days of submission of the request. Once you receive your key, you can refer to this documentation for implementation of the basic search.

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 Information on becoming a MERLOT Partner can be found on our Become a Partner page.

Basic OER Search No Cost No Cost No Cost No Cost
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, Verify Login.  Included in Partner Fee Included with Contribute Included with 
Contribute bundle + negotiated fee
$2,500/year; requires Contribute


Integration with Learning Management Systems

MERLOT’s Basic Web Service Search has been incorporated into a number of learning management systems. These integrations enable instructors to search MERLOT directly from within their LMS, and to insert learning materials directly into their instructional modules from the MERLOT collection.  All that is required in most cases is requesting a license key.  See above for additional information. 


MERLOT has developed a Basic Search Building Block to allow Blackboard users to search MERLOT from within the LMS. For more information and to download the Building Block, go to Click the download link to begin the process. Remember this must be installed by a System Administrator.


MERLOT has developed a Basic Search LTI integration for Canvas users. For more information on the Canvas app, go to or follow these instructions to install the app in Canvas. Use this app to search MERLOT from within Canvas by entering keywords.

Desire2Learn and ANGEL Learning

These learning management systems (LMS) have incorporated the MERLOT Basic Search Web Service into their products. If you have either of these LMSs and do not have the ability to search MERLOT from within your LMS, contact your technical support. ANGEL users - support is through your vendor support portal. Desire2Learn users contact your account manager or system administrator to enable this service. 


Moodle has integrated a plugin to allow searching MERLOT. System administrators have the ability to enable "MERLOT search." When this capability is enabled, Moodle users can 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; MERLOT does not provide technical support for this plugin. MERLOT has provided a set of instructions for information purposes only (subject to change at any time). Download the Information Guide here

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 MERLOT Contribute form to easily add large amounts of metadata about many learning materials into the MERLOT collection. MERLOT provides a spreadsheet template into which you enter all the metadata fields that correspond, in the exact format specified, to the required metadata in the MERLOT collection. MERLOT staff, working with your staff, verifies the data and imports the completed spreadsheet data into the MERLOT collection. For more detailed information about the process and to obtain the spreadsheet, contact the MERLOT Webmaster at

For more information regarding any MERLOT Technologies, contact the MERLOT Webmaster at