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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


The Math Forum - Internet Mathematics Library

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jun 02, 2002 by Mathematics
Overview: This
is a sub-page of the large and comprehensive Math Forum site. style="mso-spacerun: yes"> See a complete review of that site at the href="http://www.merlot.org/artifact/PeerReviewDetail.po?rOid=1010000000000013602">Math
Forum Peer Review. This page is
organized as an internet library with a variety of methods to locate and
access material found elsewhere on the site.
Learning Goals: It serves as a catalog for online reference material.
Target Student Population: It provides access to the math forum site that has material suitable for students, educators and researchers of all levels.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None.
Type of Material: References and links.
Technical Requirements: Basic browser.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: his library page provides an entry point
for the large amount of content on the Math Forum site, providing a variety
of ways to access information and links.


Categories on the main page include:


Math topics by level, such as discrete math


Resource types such as reference sources


Math education topics


Education level such as college.


A full table of contents is also available.

Concerns: Note that this is not a content page - it is a tool for locating content. While the library collection is extensive, there is no immediate means of ascertaining the quality of the materials other than pursuing the links individually.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: There are several features that invite casual participation, for example a suggestion box input form for comments and ideas and the ability to suggest a link to add to the site. There is also a monthly "hot spot" that features a particular site - at the time of the review it linked to material on Archimedes.The search and categorization features then facilitate more serious access.
Concerns: This page is a useful access point for the large and complex Math Forum site. The catalog contains brief abstracts of the materials listed to aid in efficient searching and gives priority listing to sites selected by the Math Forum as particularly useful.Nonetheless, the volume of materials contained here is a bit daunting and requires some persistence in searching.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The search feature is simple but effective. It allows searches with various options for combinations of keywords and also by using the categories found elsewhere on the Math Forum site: math topic by level / resource type / math education topics / education level.It includes a library help page and a quick reference feature that portrays the whole math forum site in table format.
Concerns: The sheer volume of material could be overwhelming but this page helps considerably with navigation.