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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Global Studies in Education Teaching Resources

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Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.25 stars
Content Quality: 4.5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.25 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: May 26, 2009 by Library and Information Services
Overview: A collection of teaching resources for incorporating a global perspective in teaching which include background materials, curriculum guides and many other resources.
Learning Goals: Access to a variety of web sources for incorporating global perspectives in teaching
Target Student Population: Materials range in level from kindergarten through college level
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None
Type of Material: Reference material
Recommended Uses: Individual or classroom use. Teacher would use to prepare lesson plans and make assignments in global awareness.
Technical Requirements: Browser

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: A well-rounded collection of sites which provide a nice variety of materials. Many of the sites include images, audio and video which should appeal to a variety of learning styles. Appropriately, several international sites have been included.
Concerns: None

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths: A brief synopsis of each site highlights particularly useful or unique resources improves the effectiveness of the collection. However, users will still need to spend considerable time exploring the content on each site.
Concerns: The size of the collection is fairly large and may gain appeal from some organization of its content.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: Resources are clearly linked to their main page and the synopsis includes additional links to highlighted sections of each resource. This makes it easy to go directly to these sections. No directions are required. Easy to use, visually appealing.
Concerns: An index, or some means of organization of the collection, would be helpful to assist those searching for a specific topic or teaching resource.

Other Issues and Comments: This is a resource list, and not an instructional site. As such, it is effective and attractive.