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Sep 01, 2011 (Vol. 31, No. 15)

MERLOT Biology Portal

  • Vast collection of links
  • Educational Meetings page is outdated

Sure it may be a fine wine, but MERLOT is also a very fine program that provides excellent online resources to science students and teachers of higher education. Shorthand for Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching, MERLOT is a program of the California State University. The Biology Portal is one of MERLOT’s online resources, and boy does it pack a punch! The “Teaching” section contains links to animations and simulations, collections and databases, and interactive lessons and tutorials to integrate technology into the biology classroom. The most extensive aspect of the site is the “Learning Materials” section, which contains links to close to 300learning resources. These cover fields such as cytology, human anatomy, and molecular biology, to name a few. So to all those teachers and students of the biological sciences out there, go visit MERLOT and drink it all in!

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