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As one of higher educations most well-known instructional resources, MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching) needed a way for nontechnical, academic experts to post information to the Web quickly--without waiting for IT support. Sorel Reisman, MERLOTs managing director of strategic development, saw Macromedias Contribute software as a technical solution to the bottleneck. MERLOT could create a series of Internet portals to build online communities. Using Contribute 3, faculty and staff could modify or update portal content in a controlled, template-based workflow while preserving Web site integrity.