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MERLOT provides you many ways to share with others how you are using specific Free and Open eTextbooks in your teaching and your students' mobile learning


Use MERLOT discussion forum connected to the open textbook to write a comment about how you are using the open textbook.

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Use MERLOT's online Learning Exercise form to share the goals, learning outcomes, teaching strategies, assessment rubrics, and more about how you are using the open textbook. Just type in your text and publish it in MERLOT.

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Use MERLOT's Content Builder template to create a rich teaching eportofolio explaining why and how you are using the open textebook to achieve student learning outcomes and include students' reactions and success.

Check out MERLOT Content Builder and create an ePortfolio. Got questions, please email

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Share Free and Open eTextbooks You Like

ADD Free eTextbooks You're Using or Created Into MERLOT

Are you using free eTextbooks in your teaching or your learning? Have you created free eTextbooks? We invite you to catalog these resources in MERLOT. Your colleagues and students around the world will thank you!


First: Become a member of MERLOT (It will take about 2 minutes and it’s FREE).

Second: Fill out the online form to Contribute a Material. (It will take about 4 minutes the first time and step-by-step instructions for contributing materials (PDF) to MERLOT are available).


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Enter key words below to use MERLOT’s SMART Search to find free and open educational resources in MERLOT, over 60 other free libraries, and the web.

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Enter the ISBN of a book below to find related FREE Free eTextbooks.


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