The Open Education Professional Directory

Sorel Reisman, MERLOT Managing Director


California State University
Newport Beach,
United States


Native/near native level proficiency
Business level proficiency
Conversational level proficiency

Areas of expertise

Open Education - General
Oversight of open education at an institution
Open Education policy development
Implementation of open education policies
Open licenses
Awareness raising and outreach
Open Educational Resources
OER project management
Instructional design using OER
Peer review of OER
Faculty adoption of OER
Libraries and OER
Technology for OER
OER and workforce development
OER and lifelong learning
Open Access
Open Access policy development
Implementation of open access practices
Geographic regions of professional expertise
North America


Personal statement

I have been the Managing Director of the MERLOT repository and consortium for more than 10 years and have actively participated in promoting OER in the US and around the world in my current position, as a member of the OEC board, and as president of the IEEE Computer Society. Over the last few years, OER has become a recognized legitimate source of quality educational materials that can be used to bring down the costs of instruction for institutions as well as learning for students. In addition to my day to day activities in this regard, as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE eLearning Library, I am actively working towards developing business models for online learning, based on OER concepts. While I am not a proponent of MOOCs as the remedy for all the woes of education, I believe that they do have a definite role in teaching and maybe even for learning! But I am a proponent of emerging technologies as enablers of personal, individualized, online learning characterized by the early work on computer assisted instruction (CAI).

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