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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Netiquette Quiz

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jul 02, 2001 by Teacher Education
Overview: This 10-item interactive quiz about etiquette on the Internet (hence Netiquette) covers basic information and common practices expected by Internet users including privacy issues, chat room etiquette, and the most important rule of Internet communication ? ?remember the human.? We think this site provides a nice way to introduce on-line communication techniques and appropriate communicating behaviors to individuals who are just starting to use e-mail; listservs; chatrooms; and so forth
Learning Goals: To learn about network etiquette and what some on-line conventions are.
Target Student Population: Students and faculty who are just learning how to use the internet for communication.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None required except basic knowledge of how to navigate websites. You can learn about the content as you go. Motivation and interest to learn more about Internet may be a prerequisite for some.
Type of Material: Quiz/Test and Reference Material
Technical Requirements: You need a Java-compatible browser like Netscape Navigator 2.0 or higher to run this applet. Sorry, but this applet doesn't run very well on the Macintosh platform.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: As stated in the last question in the quiz, the purpose of the quiz is that ?it explains some of the technical limitations of online communities, it will help you create a positive impression on those you meet in cyberspace, and it explains the conventions already being used by millions of cybnernauts.? Feedback presented after each question is answered offers additional information in an informative manner, whether or not the quiz taker chose the correct response. Links to additional information about Netiquette are available from the Netiquette Quiz page. All of this information is excerpted from chapters in Virginia Shea?s book, Netiquette, published by Albion Books. Incidentally, Albion Books hosts this website and Shea?s book can be purchased online. One example of additional material taken from Shea?s book is ?The Core Rules of Netiquette? that can be read at any time. Also, you can access additional information related to topics in Shea?s book, such as Business Netiquette, The Art of Flaming, Egregious Violations of Netiquette, and Love & Sex in Cyberspace. This material is offered in a manner and tone that is informative, lighthearted, and respectful. It is easy to read and should hold students? interest because many facts are supplemented with interesting stories. Finally, the Index feature leads to a lot more information related to Internet use than just etiquette
Concerns: This quiz is hosted on a commercial site, the purpose of which is to sell a book on network etiquette.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The quiz provides an interactive way to be introduced to some of the conventions for communicating appropriately on-line. Besides taking the quiz, reading ?The Core Rules of Netiquette? and ?Egregious Violations of Netiquette? would be useful to assign while visiting this site. Of the topics excerpted from Shea?s book, the Business Netiquette chapter would be more interesting for Business majors than for a general audience. Instructors could use the Netiquette Quiz in class to generate discussion or assignment for homework. This activity would be useful for any class by any instructor intending to build an online community using synchronous or asynchronous discussions or even just email communication. In instructional technology courses it makes sense for instructors to ask students to explore more of this site beyond the Netiquette Quiz.
Concerns: Instructors should caution students that ads and offers may pop up unexpectedly and these may force the student to access the site again to continue their reading.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Java applet-based Netiquette Quiz works flawlessly on a PC, but may be problematic when accessed on a Macintosh. Radio buttons are used to select one answer, just like any familiar multiple-choice quiz. Language in text material and explanations to quiz responses is accessible and not too full of jargon. Sets of links at the bottom of most pages to previous page, next page, and links back to the main Netiquette site make navigation very easy. The Index feature, found at the bottom of each page of the excerpted chapters, is a bonus because it allows a user to link to references to particular topics. It works just like any index in the back of any book, but it is as quick as a click on the link.
Concerns: While reviewing this site I triggered some annoying offers of ?free? certificates and advertisements for commercial sites that popped up while I was trying to read additional information from Shea?s book. This certainly detracts from the value of learning or teaching about Netiquette because there doesn?t seem to be good netiquette on the part of advertisers to interrupt my reading. This may distract the student users and cause a person to give up on gathering additional information. On the other hand, it is a realistic part of the Internet, which might lead to additional discussions beyond those pertaining netiquette. This is also a good reminder that nothing is really free on the Internet, despite appearances. The banner ads at the top of the page are less annoying than pop-up windows because they are easy to ignore.