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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Writing an Investigation Report

by interFIRE
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

3.75 stars
Content Quality: 4.25 stars
Effectiveness: 3.5 stars
Ease of Use: 3.25 starsstar
Reviewed: Feb 13, 2008 by Fire Safety
Overview: This lesson provides an outline on how to write a fire investigation report.
Learning Goals: To provide the student with a basic format for completing a thorough fire investigation report.
Target Student Population: Fire service members responsible for writing fire investigation reports; students in fire science investigation courses
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Beginning or Basic Fire Investigation course, some might be successful with no prior experience in fire investigation.
Type of Material: Referance material to develope and build a successful presentation/ powerpoint. It is written in HTML.
Recommended Uses: Provides a good outline for new fire report writers. Would be well used as a learning aid for a neophyte report writer working under the auspices of an experienced report writer.
Technical Requirements: Web browser and internet connection.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths: The information provided is contemporary and consistent with industry standards. It is reprinted from "Management for Arson Prevention and Control"; which is most likely the course manual for the USFA course of the same name.
Concerns: Needs an instructor capable of leading the student through the material to provide answers to any questions, experiences, and descriptions to complete the student's learning.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3.5 stars
Strengths: The information provided in this article is thorough and relevant, but the user would still benefit greatly from having an experienced report writer assisting them.
Concerns: There is no application activity for the user to apply the material. However, the user can practice writing reports on their own or use this material as a guide when completing fire investigation reports. This material is one assignment within a larger course. This material standing alone does not provide the reader with prerequiste knowledge to completely understand the material given.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 3.25 stars
Strengths: This material is in an outline format that presents the material in a logical manner. Generally easy to use and at a basic level.
Concerns: The material appears cramped and is difficult for the reader to discern separations between blocks of content. More white space between items would help remedy this. Addition of an interactive component would facilitate learning.

Other Issues and Comments: More work/material will be needed to successfully complete a class presentation. Overall the material is helpful in preparing fire investigation reports.