Waseda University ICT and Robotics

Top Global University Project: Waseda Goes Global -A Plan to Build a Worldwide Academic Network
that is Open, Dynamic and Diverse

Waseda University


Prof. Sorel Reisman

Professor, California State University, Fullerton
IEEE Computer Society President 2011
IEEE Computer Society E. Merwin for Distinguished service 2018 Winner

MERLOT - The International Gateway for Finding Open Educational Resources

In an era of Open Educational Resources (OER), open source software (OSS), and Open Access (OA) publications, MERLOT, the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching, stands out as the longstanding, favored digital gateway for instructors seeking all manner of open resources for their teaching and research. The MERLOT community, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017, consists of more than 150,000 registered members who have built a collection of almost 80,000 freely available, curated, multidisciplinary learning materials. With more than one million website visitors annually, MERLOT is the preferred international resource for discovering online teaching and learning materials. This presentation will discuss the concept of openness, including the use and reuse of learning objects, the new user interfaces and features in MERLOT (released in March, 2018), and will focus on MERLOT’s ‘Smart Search’ integrated in 1) MERLOT own repository search, 2) direct search to more than a dozen popular digital libraries, and 3) pre-customized, profile-based WWW searches. There will be a focus on MERLOT’s recently added discipline communities of Information Technology and Computer Science, endorsed by the IEEE Computer Society and the IEEE Education Society.

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Sorel Reisman, recipient of the IEEE Computer Society 2018 Richard E. Merwin Award for Distinguished Service, is professor of information systems in the Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences at California State University, Fullerton, Reisman is Managing Director of the international higher education, educational technology consortium, MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) at the California State University Office of the Chancellor.

Reisman has presented/published more than 120 articles including the books Multimedia Computing: Preparing for the 21st Century, and Electronic Learning Communities – Current Issues and Best Practices.  He continues to write and review articles and columns for ITPro and Computer magazines, and speaks internationally about his career-long passion on the use of technology for teaching computing.

In 2011 Reisman established the IEEE-CS’s Special Technical Communities (STCs) for which he received the IEEE-CS Outstanding Contribution Award.

Reisman is Chair of the Standing Committee of the IEEE-CS signature COMPSAC conference, a Computer Society Golden Core member, member of Eta Kappa Nu, an elected member-at-large of the IEEE Publications, Services, and Products Board (PSPB), member of the IEEE Xplore Platform Guidance Committee, the IEEE Conference Publications Committee, and the Strategic Planning Committee of the IEEE Technical Activities Board.  He has also been a member of the Education Activities Board, and was editor-in-chief of the IEEE eLearning Library.

Reisman served as the IEEE-CS Vice President of Publications in 2008-2009, and IEEE-CS Vice President of Electronic Products and Services in 2006-2007. Prior to his executive committee positions, he chaired and served on many IEEE-CS committees as member-at-large of the IEEE-CS Publications Board, chair of the Magazines Operations Committee, founding member of the Computer Society Digital Library (CSDL) Committee, and chair of the Web Development Committee.  He was an editorial board member of IEEE Software magazine, a founding editorial board member of IEEE Multimedia magazine, and IEEE IT Professional on which he is currently Advisory Board Chair.

Reisman received his EE degree, MA, and PhD in Computer Applications from the University of Toronto and was appointed a Fulbright Specialist in 2014.