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MERLOT II


    

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Material:

Grad School Walkthrough (STAIR)

Rating: 4 stars
Used in Course: Not used in course
Submitted by: Jennifer Esch (Teacher (K-12)), Feb 25, 2013
Comment:

In terms of ease of use, I had to click on multiple links from MERLOT to get to the resource, even though the presentation has its own direct link (I preferred the direct URL rather than embedded in a blog or full screen).

The description on MERLOT provides a good summary; it is clear who the presentation is directed at and what the resource contains.  The StAIR met the expectations put in place by the description.

In terms of the presentation itself, the aesthetics are good and seem appropriate for undergraduate students.  There is a good amount of content on each slide - enough to be informative, but not overwhelming.  I appreciated the additional links for students who want to learn more.  The presentation is broken up into reasonable sections and the bullet points make it easy to follow and understand.  Overall, the presentation is a good introduction for undergraduates looking for information on applying to grad school.  It truly does stand alone and is short enough that students will not lose interest.  It seems that it would be best for sophomores and juniors who are in the early stages of pulling together their resume, references, personal statement, etc.

I would have liked to see a little more specificity as to whether the presentation applies to all graduate schools, just the liberal arts, music, education, etc., although the presentation is general enough that it is likely to be useful to all.  Clarification regarding GPA and the tier of graduate school a student might expect to get into could also be useful in terms of managing expectations.  The presentation alternates between phrases and sentences within bullets; consistency would be nice (at least within the same slide).  There are a few minor punctuation errors, but none that majorly detract from the effectiveness of the presentation.

 

The presentation relies primarily on text to convey its message; images, video or audio could have been useful to help illustrate key points and address the learning needs of a wider range of students.  The text, however, is usually well-phrased and conveys energy and enthusiasm that will draw students in and make the presentation more enjoyable for students to work through.

Technical Remarks:

While the links to move forward and backward within the presentation worked, the ones intended to send you to other slides within the presentation did not.  I have had this problem with other presentations on slideshare, but tried multiple web browsers, so I am not sure what the problem is.  If it is due to operating system/browser requirements, it would be useful to know what those specifications are.  I also wish that the URLs to additional outside resources were hyperlinks, so the viewer could just click and go, rather than having to copy and paste the link.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes