Public Affairs

CSU Provides Online Resource to Campuses Preparing for Flu Season

October 30, 2009
By Clara Potes-Fellow

To support campuses developing business continuity plans concerning the seasonal flu and H1N1 swine flu, CSU's Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching, (MERLOT) has developed a guide for integrating free online teaching and learning materials that can easily be used from any location with a computer and an internet connection.

"Periodically, campuses are faced with circumstances where the entire community, or a substantial part of it, is limited in their access to classrooms as a result of natural disasters, severe weather events, or concerns related to the spread of disease," said Gerry Hanley, CSU academic technology senior director and MERLOT's executive director. "In those circumstances www.merlot.org  has been a useful resource for faculty and students."

In the past MERLOT has helped students and faculty who have become ill, or whose campus life has been completely disrupted like in the case of Hurricane Katrina. Teachers have been able to deliver class materials and students have kept up with classes and assignments through the online learning modules of MERLOT.

Merlot provides free access for everyone to virtual labs, simulations, tutorials, and online courses. Examples of links ready to be used are available at http://onlinecourses.merlot.org/showcase.html