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MERLOT-SkillsCommons' Initiative to Accelerate the Creation of Derivative Works


  1. Open Education Resources (OER) continues to grow in its availability for reuse and to retain and redistribute.   MERLOT's SmartSearch provides users easy access to thousands of OER across all subjects.
  2. The variety of technology used and the formats of OER creates challenges for revising and remixing OER.
  3. Revising and remixing OER is required to enable the customization and alignment of educational resources to local priorities and perspectives
  4. Revising and remixing OER is required to redesign educational content into more interactive learning experiences.
  5. H5P is an easy to use technology application that enables a novice developer of OER to revise and remix OER to make it more interactive in the process of creating customized derivative works.

MERLOT-SkillsCommons H5P Initiative:

Mission: To provide open educational and consulting services that enable the MERLOT and SkillsCommons communities and partners to revise and remix OER with H5P open services and resources.

Goals for H5P Open Educational Services:

  1. Provide an open library in MERLOT for H5P training resources, templates, tutorials, and examples of H5P applications. We just got started with building the H5P collection in MERLOT.
  2. Provide a customized portal for H5P community of users for easy access to the H5P training resources and examples.
  3. Provide facilitation, expert training and leadership to support the development of an open, world-wide community of MERLOT and SkillsCommons members who wish to learn and apply H5P programming techniques to:
    1. Augment existing OER with formative assessment applications
    2. Remix OER to create the scope and sequence of learning experiences aligned with local community's educational priorities.
    3. Revise OER to create derivative works that efficiently and effectively improves learning for more people
    4. Develop and create derivative OER in other languages including French and African languages
  4. Provide institutional consultation and services to support academic and workforce development institutions to redesign their course curriculum with Affordable Learning Solutions.
  5. Develop partnerships with H5P organizations and engage in collaborative projects that advances the shared missions and goals of the organizations.
  6. Establish a research community for quality assurance and Open Education Practices (OEP)

Partnering on H5P Initiative

You are invited to participate in a FREE COURSE on Creating and Publishing Interactive Learning Content as Open Educational Resources

  • MERLOT, SkillsCommons, Joubel/H5P and Digital Education Consulting (DEC) organizations are glad to announce the launching of a free course, Creating and Publishing Interactive Content as Open Education Resource ( OER), as part of our strategy for creating an international H5P Community of Practice and OER Hub.
  • Please complete our short survey to express your interest in participating – It takes only 2 minutes to complete as a first step to join this global initiative.

Sign up for Creating and Publishing Interactive Content as OER

The International MERLOT-H5P Team brings passion, expertise, and networks to the H5P initiative. Would you like to participate in this project? Contact Moustapha Diack Ph.D. moustapha.diack@sus.edu

Moustapha Diack

MERLOT-SkillsCommons H5P Project Director: Moustapha Diack

College of Natural Science, Southern University

Executive Director, Digital Education Consulting


Sushumna Rao Tadinada
MERLOT-SkillsCommons H5P Senior Instructional Designer: Sushumna Rao Tadinada


Tapan Sarkar

MERLOT-SkillsCommons H5P Business Strategy Leader: Tapan Sarkar, Ph.D., CISA

College of Business, Southern University and A&M College


Mohamed Ahmed

MERLOT-SkillsCommons H5P Initiative Instructional Designer: Mohamed Ahmed

Senior Instructional design- Mansoura University, Egypt

DEC-Egypt Director


Solomon Negash

MERLOT-SkillsCommons H5P Initiative Faculty Leader: Solomon Negash, PhD, PMP

DEC-Ethiopia Director


Elhadji Mamadou Nguer

MERLOT-SkillsCommons H5P Senior Instructional Designer & DEC Consultant: Elhadji Mamadou Nguer

Virtual University of Senegal


Amilah Mendoza

H5P Doctoral Scholar: Amilah Mendoza

Doctoral Student, Science/Math Education (SMED) at College Science/Engineering Southern University, Baton Rouge


Jonathan Thompkins

H5P Doctoral Scholar: Jonathan Thompkins MSCS

Doctoral Student, Science/Math Education (SMED) at College Science/Engineering Southern University, Baton Rouge