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Material:

Identifying Trees Powerpoint

Rating: 3 stars
Used in Course: Not used in course
Submitted by: Justin Meese (Content Developer/Author), Aug 22, 2012
Comment:

I believe this course has great content and excellent instructional design.  With that being said, I believe a few of the presentation and technical aspects lack and detract from the content.  This resource cannot be used absent an instructor, but does provide an excellent resource to be used as a resource for a lesson.    

 

Here are my thoughts on the resource.

While the graphics and presentation is consistent throughout the assignment, there were times where they distracted from the tool.  For example, the reflection on the title was a nice touch, but the reflection was so dense that it actually made it difficult to read.  The area where you click to learn more, approximately slide 3.  That slide would have been a good spot to do a self-exploration exercise before quizzing their skill.  

I also noticed there were no back buttons during the presentation.  That limited the user to going back and looking at the information presented on previous slides.  A more deliberate navigation system would increase the process dramatically.

Finally, while the link did work to go to the DNR site, having a link open from within a power point presentation like that does have implications with schools internet security protocols, something to consider.  Also, since the presentation is opened in kiosk mode, it makes it difficult for the user to navigate between the DNR site and the presentation.  Letting the user know that Esc. toggles that would be helpful.

 

Overall, the presentation is a great start to a very useful lesson.  

Time spent reviewing site: 35 minutes