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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Job Accommodation Network

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

3 stars
Content Quality: 3 stars
Effectiveness: 2 stars
Ease of Use: 3 stars
Reviewed: Aug 10, 2002 by Teacher Education
Overview: JAN is a consulting service that provides information about job accommodations,
the employability of people with disabilities, and the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA). Included in this site are: disability resources,
accommodation ideas, JAN publications, links to web sites by specific
disabilities, support group information, and details on how to author accessible
web pages.
Learning Goals: The main goal of this site is to describe the services of this consulting
service. It is not a learning object of the type usually included in MERLOT.
Target Student Population: This site does not appear to have been designed with the teacher in training in
mind. It is most appropriate for professionals who work with individuals with
disabilities regarding job accommodations and employability issues.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None, except basic website operation skills.
Type of Material: Reference material
Recommended Uses: This site could act as a reference point for prospective teachers as they
encounter students with a variety of disabilities and transition needs.
Technical Requirements: None.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: Quite a few practical solutions for appropriate job accommodations are listed
under 43 different category headings. The information provided regarding ADA
and other disability-related legislation is accurate and clearly written.
Concerns: A section regarding the background and definition of transition issues/terms
would be beneficial for a newcomer to this topic. According to the site map
page, the site has not been updated for just over a year from the time of this
review.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 2 stars
Strengths: As previously stated, this site highlights the services of a consulting firm.
For that reason, this does not seem to be particularly useful as a learning tool
for teachers in training.
Concerns: In order to make this a valuable learning tool for teachers, the commercial
nature of the site would have to be eliminated. No active learning goals are
discernible and could be added. The potential for enhancing learning or
integrating learning activities seems negligible.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: This site is also available in a large print version. Some links are available
in more than one format (i.e., HTML, Microsoft Word, text files). This site has
been Bobby Approved.
Concerns: This site is quite disorganized. The page layouts are not consistent; however,
the print is easy to read. If the user begins with the site map (which is not
listed until the very bottom of the home page), navigation becomes much less
frustrating. However, this map does not match with the main navigational
buttons at the bottom of some of the screens. Additionally, the navigational
buttons are sometimes different from page to page.

Other Issues and Comments: This site is not recommended for use in a teacher education program.