An Update for Users of the KEEP Toolkit
Carnegie Foundation initiatives are typically designed to develop new ideas, models and tools that can eventually move out into the broader community. After a decade of development and use, we believe this is the right time for the KEEP Toolkit to make this same transition.
As previously announced, Carnegie's commitment to supporting the KEEP Toolkit service will wind down in the final months of 2009. The purpose of this message is to provide a timeline for this transition and to inform users about options for continued access to the KEEP service and content.
A Collaboration with MERLOT
We are pleased to announce that MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) at http://www.merlot.org/ has generously agreed to host and support the KEEP service, and provide a new, integrated repository for the Carnegie KEEP collection.
MERLOT is a nonprofit, higher education consortium that supports a leading edge, searchable collection of more than 21,000 higher education, online learning materials, catalogued by more than 73,000 registered members. MERLOT's strategic goal is to improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning by increasing the quantity of peer reviewed online learning materials that can be easily incorporated into faculty designed courses.
Through this cooperative initiative with the Carnegie Foundation, MERLOT will offer Carnegie KEEP users who choose this option continued, free access to their KEEP collection through MERLOT's website at www.merlot.org where both MERLOT and KEEP users will realize synergistic benefits from the integration of the two collections. KEEP users will be required to become registered users in MERLOT (it is free to join). Registered users accessing the integrated system will have full access to MERLOT repository functionality; they will also be able to create new KEEP Snapshots and ultimately submit them for inclusion in MERLOT's collection of learning materials and for consideration for peer review. For more information and FAQ's, go to http://about.merlot.org/KEEP.html.
Forgot my password
If you wish to have your KEEP content and account information migrated to MERLOT, please login to your KEEP account here. You will then see this page but with a checkbox allowing you to opt-in to have your account migrated. The migration will not happen immediately but will take place shortly after October 15. You will receive a notice when the migration is complete.
If you opt-in and are already a member of MERLOT, please make sure your email address is the same for both accounts to ensure your snapshots being transferred to the correct account. Thank you..
Other Ways to Preserve Your KEEP Content
Many of you are using KEEP with students and/or colleagues to create documents and materials that you will want to have available in the future. One option for preserving content is to migrate material to MERLOT, as indicated above.
Another option is to download static HTML versions of snapshots using KEEP's "download" function on the dashboard. The static HTML document and associated files can be placed on any web server. The files can be given new filenames as well..
The HTML file can be edited using a plain text editor or other web development tools, such as Dreamweaver. If you have access to web space at your institution or elsewhere, you can then post the static copy of your content to that server. Since these are static pages you would not need to install KEEP software to serve those pages. More information on downloading static copies of content can be found in our resources section here.
KEEP as an Open Source Tool
KEEP has been available as an Open Source application for several years so that interested campuses and other organizations can run their own instance of the software, making it available to local users. Toward this end, KEEP 2.5 is posted on SourceForge.
The KEEP Toolkit project in SourceForge also provides additional information and tools for those looking to learn more about and contribute to the further development of the Toolkit.
After September 1, 2009, you will not be able to create new KEEP accounts on the Carnegie site (www.cfkeep.org).
Before October 15, 2009, you must login to save your KEEP content or indicate your preference to migrate your account. After this date the service will be officially discontinued and your account will be marked for eventual deletion.
After October 15, 2009, you will not be able to edit or add to existing KEEP accounts on the Carnegie site.
If you wish to migrate your content and account information to MERLOT, please check the box at the beginning of this message.
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