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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Teaching at an Internet Distance: the Pedagogy of Online

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Sep 26, 2002 by Teacher Education
Overview: This website is the product of a yearlong seminar at the University of Illinois.
The seminar focused on the use of technology for teaching, specifically the
use of the internet for instruction. The information encompasses concerns about
quality of online classes to types of teaching/learning activities.
Learning Goals: The authors did not specifically state learning goals but one possible goal
could be to understand important teaching and administrative considerations
associated with online instruction.
Target Student Population: The authors seek to provide valuable information for teachers and administrators
who are considering the use of the internet as part of instruction. Graduate
students in instructional technology would benefit from interacting with this
information.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Basic web navigation
Type of Material: The document is available as both a conventional web page and as an Acrobat
document.
Recommended Uses: This information would be valuable for students studying distance education
pedagogy. It would also be valuable for those considering online teaching and
administration.
Technical Requirements: Adobe Acrobat reader must be installed in order to view the PDF version of the
document.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This site contains extensive materials that address various issues concerning
online education. The reference are concise and represent current thinking
fairly well. The site provides both positive and negative aspects of online
instruction. The discussion about teaching could be used in any class where
teaching effectiveness is explored and discussed. Even though the report was
written in 1999, it still provides relevant considerations for faculty who are
considering the use of the internet as part of their instruction.
Concerns: The document was published in 1999. It would be valauble to know how the
authors would assess their recommendations now.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: This resource would be a valuable external reading for any course that includes
the discussion of online pedagogy. Assigning specific readings from this site
would be a good way to start a discussion about online learning.
Concerns: An instructor may need to spend significant time designing assignments to cover
specific portions of this document. Reading the entire piece for one assignment
may be overwhelming.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Two formats are provided for the user?s convenience. The Acrobat document is
best for printing and the HTML pages are best for online viewing. There are no
unusual paths or ways to access information.
Concerns: None.

Other Issues and Comments: