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MERLOT II


    

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Material:

Helping Students Apply for Graduate School

Rating: 4 stars
Used in Course: Not used in course
Submitted by: Jennifer Esch (Teacher (K-12)), Feb 26, 2013
Comment:

Regarding ease of use; I appreciate that this lesson plan opens right up into a published Google Doc, making it easy to view and/or print.  Since it is suggested that the user incorporate resources specific to their university, it might have been nice to have a version that is easier to download, copy or modify, but this is a somewhat minor issue.

I like that the lesson plan includes a variety of instructional methods and teaches a very applicable skill (applying to graduate school), albeit a very specific and somewhat limited one.  Each section of the lesson plan is clear and to the point, making the overall lesson plan easy to follow and understand.  I like the use of a Prezi to convey information, as students will be able to work at their own pace and can reference each section as much or as little as they need to.  The samples and checklist/template included in the Prezi will help students understand each point and give them a starting point for their next step(s).  I also appreciate the interaction with an academic advisor that is written into the lesson plan; I think students often do not know who to turn to for information, so it’s nice to give them a resource.

 

I would have appreciated a more specific method regarding how the lesson will be implemented.  It is unclear to me if it is expected that students will approach an advisor, if the advisor will send the Prezi to all of his/her students, introduce the Prezi at a meeting/presentation, etc.  I think there are a variety of methods that would work well with this lesson plan; perhaps a list of suggested methods of implementation is all that is necessary, as institutions would be customizing the lesson plan to their own resources anyway.

Technical Remarks:

I did not encounter any technical difficulties with this resource.

It seems the final product of this lesson plan would have good integration of technology that will hold student interest.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes