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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


How to Plan and Run Meetings

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.5 stars
Content Quality: 4.5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.5 stars
Reviewed: Jun 18, 2008 by Business Editorial Board
Overview: This site provides information on running effective meetings. Several templates are provided to assist the learner.
Learning Goals: The learning goals for this tutorial included the following: 1. Theoretical basis for management students and students of other disciplines 2. Provide comprehensive overview of how to plan meetings and agendas 3. Understand and execute a comprehensive SWOT
Target Student Population: Undergraduate college, graduate school, professional
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Basic computer skills
Type of Material: This is a comprehensive tutorial with a plethora of resources for the user.
Recommended Uses: Recommended for all audiences including managers (experienced and inexperienced), college students of all levels, mid level managers, upper level high school students, possibly even advanced middle school students.
Technical Requirements: browser

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: Easy to read and use, this will also benefit those that teach management courses. Material is presented in a logical manner. Templates for agenda, meeting notes, etc. are provided.
Concerns: There are areas in which the site seems contradictory. For example, it states statistics to show that meetings are better than email or conference calls. Then it talks about virtual teams and the use of conference calls as a good alternative to face-to-face meetings.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: This is an in-depth tutorial that provides comprehensive resources and links (that work) to allow the user to continue to delve into the material. The work sheets are very helpful and the SWOT worksheet makes it very easy to learn how to do a SWOT analysis.
Concerns: Learning objectives could be more clearly stated.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: This is well written and really easy to use. The writing is large enough to read and the page is colorful without being too busy. This is a good resource for management students to learn more about the topics presented in their classes.
Concerns: The site is not interactive.

Other Issues and Comments: The material in this site is useful. However, with the current state of virtual teams it would be helpful to include information on conducting meetings via teleconference or webinar.