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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


How Satellites Work - Satellite Orbit Model

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jan 05, 2004 by Information Technology Editorial Board
Overview: A supplemental resource to be used to explain the function of satellites.
This is basically a teaching Web site that explains the satellite orbit model,
with exercises for the students to do to illustrate how satellites work.
Learning Goals: The major learning goal is that the students will be able to explain how a
satellite works.
Target Student Population: The students who would use this site would be college level students, who are
studying either engineering or some type of networking course as well as some
honor high school students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None.
Type of Material: The site is a tutorial.
Recommended Uses: Site could be used with instructor assistance as a supplement to classroom
activities.The questions posed during the lesson can be used in class and the
demonstration described on the site would be good to be used during class. The
answers to the questions are given at the end of the web site. This would not
necessarily be a good site for students to use on their own.
Technical Requirements: To use the web site effectively, the instructor needs to have access to the
materials listed on the site to demonstrate the way the satellite moves.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: A very good site, with Some calculations are given as a backup of the
explanation given through out the site (mathematical reasons behind how
satellites stay in orbit).
Concerns:

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: I don't believe this is intended to be used by students, but rather by an
instructor. If used this way, it would be very effective for the instructor to
use the instructions and examples illustrated to show the class how the physics
of satellites works. Could be easily incorporated into a classroom discussion.
Concerns: Not for use exclusively by students, unless given to them as something to
demonstrate in class.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Very easy to use.
Concerns:

Other Issues and Comments: I really like the additional sites listed at the bottom of the original site
that gives the instructor other places to go to explain other aspects of the use
of satellites.