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MERLOT Classics and Editors’ Choice Award Winners 2003

MERLOT is pleased to present the 2003 winners of its Editors’ Choice and Classics awards. Winners were honored at the 2003 MERLOT International Conference held August 5-8 in Vancouver, British Columbia.


The Protein Explorer by Eric Martz, University of Massachusetts
The Protein Explorer has revolutionized the teaching of biology at a molecular level. This site welcomes students to explore molecules visually in ways that had previously been only abstract concepts. Students can view and manipulate 3-D images of biological molecules from any computer with Internet access, allowing them to study any time, any place, in small groups or independently.


Managing the Digital Enterprise by Michael Rappa, North Carolina State University
Managing the Digital Enterprise is designed to guide managers through challenges faced in the digital realm. This site is amazing in terms its professionalism and its content-it includes 15 modules, 30 case studies, 100 web pages, and over 1,000 links to outside readings. The materials are robust and comprehensive and the site also provides a good structure for the course as well as excellent supporting learning materials.

Chemistry-Classics and Editors’ Choice

The Virtual Chemistry Laboratory by David Yaron, Carnegie Mellon
This site draws students into solving problems in a simulated chemistry laboratory environment that is engaging and realistic. Just like they do in many of our colleges, students checkout reagents and equipment, and then proceed to a wet lab where they mix and titrate solutions at a workbench. This realistic site can augment a wide range of learning activities both in and out of the classroom, and provides excellent documentation for students unfamiliar with working in the chemistry laboratory.


The Semiconductor Applet Service by Chu Ryang Wie, State University of New York, Buffalo
This site provies a large collection of simulations, animations, and tutorials on semiconductor and device physics, and semiconductor device manufacture and operation. This material includes topics ranging from crystal structure and electronic energy bands through device fabrication to circuit design and simulation. The interactivity of the applets encourages students to explore effects of changing parameters on the operation of devices.

Health Sciences-Classics

Osteoporosis and Bone Physiology by Susan Ott, University of Washington
A perfect resource for healthcare professionals, teachers, and students of any age, this site lays out the key concepts of osteoporosis and bone physiology, which are then explored in detail through this visual and interactive web site. Animations, quizzes, relevant links, images and ease of navigation make this learning tool efficient and award winning.


Who Killed William Robinson? by John Lutz and Ruth Sandwell
Everybody loves a murder mystery. Of all the historical situations researchers encounter nothing has quite the same impact as discovering an innocent man hanged, a guilty man going free. In the case of William Robinson—an African American murdered on Saltspring Island in 1868, allegedly by a Native man who was hanged for the crime—students have a real murder case to solve, a case in which many will conclude an innocent man was hanged. “Who Killed William Robinson?” is designed to engage students at different educational levels from junior high-school to graduate school in a detailed investigation of this murder. Taking full advantage of the non-linear and graphic features of World Wide Web, this educational site draws students into historical research through the use of ‘real’ archival materials, including newspaper clippings, photographs, maps, diaries, artist’s reconstruction, and written narratives. Teachers can select the level of difficulty by the complexity of the questions they want answered, but students will have the opportunity to use their critical skills to construct a narrative and defend their conclusions against others.

Information Technology-Classics

IP Addressing and Subnetting by Charles C. Botsford, LearntoSubnet
This combined audio and Power Point presentation introduces students to binary math and how to decipher IP addresses. The highly adaptable site is divided in several modules, which takes the user through the steps of subnetting, from the easy to difficult levels of the process. College students who have some background in data communications and networking are the target student population for these learning materials, but the topic is organized so that students with no background can grasp the concept.


Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section by Ron Knott, Surrey University
Flower petals? Seashells? Pinecones? Cauliflower? What do these have to do with math? The answer to this question and many more are wonderfully described and illuminated in this award-winning site. Featuring a variety of graphics, animations and applets, the well-presented materials include numerous learning assignments in the style of NCTM and AMATYC standards-based student explorations. This is a rich and impressive resource for both math students and teachers at many levels.

Music-Classics and Editors’ Choice

The Fugues of the Well-Tempered Clavier by Dr. Timothy A. Smith, Northern Arizona University and David Korevaar, University of Colorado, Boulder
The Fugues of the Well-Tempered Clavier is a site that provides interactive multimedia analyses of most of the fugues in Book 1, and fugue II in C minor from Book 2, of the Well-Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach. The site is an ideal study environment for these fugues, bringing together the aural, structural, analytical and historical substance of these cornerstones of the classical music repertoire. Each analysis provides a scrolling score, scrolling animated graphic structural analysis, audio and a self-scrolling textual analysis. Each analysis also allows the user to stop, start or jump to anywhere in the score at any time.


Applets for Quantum Mechanics by Manual Joffre, Ecole Polytechnique
Quantum mechanical systems a non-intuitive concept if ever there was one. Yet, this collection of animations and simulations of quantum mechanical systems, which covers the breadth of topics in introductory courses, does so in a way that engages students and makes these difficult concepts visible. The illustrations of quantum systems at the site promote visual and conceptual learning, important due to the non-intuitive nature of the subject. This site goes beyond standard materials, giving example modern applications and advanced topical links.

Teacher Education-Classics and Editors’ Choice

The WebQuest Page by Bernie Dodge, San Diego State University
Wondering how to promote learning in new and thorough ways by using the Web? This site offers extensive support and examples for faculty and instructors who are using WebQuests to help students learn. WebQuests are designed to use learners’ time well, to focus on using information rather than looking for it, and to support learners’ thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

World Languages-Classics

Kaleidoskop: Alltag in Deutschland by Wolfgang Hieber, Goethe Institut Inter-Nationes
Discover “Kaleidoskop” and see how Germans spend their days, what they do, think, and feel. Extensive yet uncluttered, this highly interactive site offers an ever-increasing resource that lets visitors learn more about the German people and their country. Students will find outstanding material, and instructors will find valuable teaching suggestions.

For more information please contact Cathy Owens Swift at cswift@georgiasouthern.edu.

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