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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Water on the Web

by Bruce Munson
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jun 25, 2002 by Biology Editorial Board
Overview: This site provides an extensive list of materials, lessons and data sets for
examining a wide range of limnological questions. It is designed for use by
existing science courses for lower level college and advanced high school
students. An overview with clearly defined goals and separate sections for
Instructors and Students is provided. The student section offers handouts and
directions for investigating freshwater systems. Real time data on various
water quality parameters from Minnesota lakes is a central feature of the site.
Data can be viewed as HTML or Excel files. Several different analytical and
visualization tools help students analyze data.
Target Student Population: Lower level college and advanced high school students
Type of Material: Tutorial/Collection

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Quality of Content: (5) (5) = 5

Features of Excellence:


  • Excellent data sets provided by remote monitoring systems and field
    collections
  • Excellent student worksheets & tutorials
  • Excellent graphs and interactive tools
  • Clear and extensive background for students

Concerns:

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Potential Effectiveness: (5) (5) = 5

Features of Excellence:


  • Excellent addition to any course investigating Lakes
  • Could be used in introductory and intermediate courses for biology,
    environmental science, and limnology
  • Data sets can be easily manipulated and used in many types of investigations
  • There are directed-inquiry type lesson options
  • Provides opportunity for analysis, synthesis and student-driven inquiry
  • Provides real life data to make science concepts relevant

Concerns:

  • Provide more in depth explanations of basic biological concepts (i.e.
    photosynthesis)

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Ease of Use: (5) (5) = 5

Features of Excellence:


  • Easy to use
  • Easy to navigate
  • Visually attractive site
  • Excellent hyperlinks to glossary and explanations

Concerns: