MERLOT (Multimedia Education Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) is an international consortium of over 20 institutions (and systems) of higher education, industry partners, professional organizations and individuals devoted to identifying, peer reviewing, organizing and making available existing WWW resources in a range of academic disciplines for use by higher education faculty and students. One product of the collaboration among these partners is a website, hosted by the California State University, which serves as a repository of online resources.
MERLOT has been particularly influential in the development of online education and has been successful in, 'developing a professional evaluation model to promote scholarship of teaching in the universities.' MERLOT hosts one of the world's largest collections of Open textbooks through the Open Textbook Project in collaboration with student-run Public Interest Research Groups. MERLOT has been cited as one of the most effective electronic portals for health care information.
MERLOT has been influential as a model in the development of other online communities and resource repositories, including innovative collaborations with IBM and the National Learning Infrastructure Initiative (an Educause program), and as an important tool for educational reform (especially in STEM fields). MERLOT has itself become the subject of research.