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Peer Review

Connecting LAN Interface Cards to a Network



Overall Rating:

4 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 2.75 stars
Ease of Use: 3.5 stars
Reviewed: Oct 19, 2006 by Information Technology Editorial Board
Overview: The material is reference material. It is Cisco-specific engineering level documentation of how to install the WIC-4ESW and WIC-1ENET interface cards. It covers port numbering, processor requirements, supported standards and platform limitations. Hardware specific. Overview of operation of specific components.
Learning Goals: After reading this documentation, the student should be able to connect the specific cards to the network equipment requiring them. Another learning goal is the identification of functionality.
Target Student Population: This material might be used in a Cisco certification program. It appears to have limited applicability to an academic program. It is useful for post-secondary education.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: The student would need intimate knowledge of this Vendor's equipment as well as advanced networking knowledge. Introductory knowledge of the types of components and knowledge of the terminology.
Type of Material: The material is reference material in the form of Vendor documentation. Text and pictorial.
Recommended Uses: This might be used as student reference material in a hands-on lab. It is also descriptive, and can be used in a comparison.
Technical Requirements: Computer with browser, disk space for downloading (if desired) and connection to the Internet.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The material is well laid out and concise. The topics can be accessed randomly or in sequence. There are clear graphics and links to more detail. The topic fits one page. Well written professional content.
Concerns: Product specific. Assumes content knowledge, especially during with regard to product capabilities.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 2.75 stars
Strengths: This could be of value in a hands-on lab. An advanced student might self teach from it. It lends itself to just-in-time information. Very helpful concerning product specifics.
Concerns: The subject matter has limited applicability in an academic environment. It is highly specialized.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 3.5 stars
Strengths: This material contains an Acrobat version for saving and printing.
Concerns: On a 56K dial up connection, this might be a half-minute download in its HTML format. Difficult reading from scratch.