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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Data Communications

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jul 24, 2001 by Information Technology Editorial Board
Overview: The application of Claude Shannon's 1948 communication module as a basis for explaining communication.

There are many levels of communication, from inter, intra, group, organizational, national to global. We can also speak of animal communication and computer mediated communication, where the computer mediates the message. In the information age, much of the communication received each day is mediated in some way by technology.
Learning Goals: Well organized.
Target Student Population: Advanced
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Basic communication concepts required for human interaction with computers.
Type of Material: tutorial
Technical Requirements: none

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Good use of graphics.
Concerns: Very advance material. This site is not really composed of a single module, but several modules, making up almost an entire course on this topic.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Well developed resource for anyone interested in learning some of the more advanced concepts in telecommunications. Good pedagogic features including section summaries, practice exercises, and practice tests.
Concerns: This site is composed of several modules which could make up an entire course on this topic.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Good navigation aids. Use of bookmarks enhance navigation. Very usable.
Concerns: None