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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Six Paths to China

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.5 stars
Content Quality: 4.25 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jun 05, 2011 by Business Editorial Board
Overview: Six Paths to China provides several robust learning exercises designed to increase awareness of Chinese culture, history, and social issues. It also contains a compendium of web links on the topics of touring, news, arts, religion, business, human rights, environment, neighbors, olympics
Learning Goals: The goal of Six Paths to China is to provide a "one stop shopping" in terms of web links and learning exercises (including web quests) designed to sharpen students' knowledge of China.
Target Student Population: Business students requiring information regarding China
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: none
Type of Material: Reference
Recommended Uses: These are great ancillary homework exercises for undergraduate students, particularly for those in online courses.
Technical Requirements: none except web browser

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths: Good information source. Lots of images, with permission can be used for power points. The China news update has updates every two days. The culture and politics section has some very interesting articles and links to some historical features regarding China and the people of the country.
Concerns: Some of the links do not work, and it appears that the site has not been updated in a few years. The site states "Last revised, 2005."

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: Because of the array of material (and, the many different activities designed to encourage higher order thinking, enhance web search skills, and explore personal feelings about a different land), this has the potential to be very effective.
Concerns: Does not contain any Business inforamtion like manufaturing data, economics growth and productivity numbers. No employment or related data is available.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This site is incredibly well organized, easy to use and navigate. There are pictograms associated with each class exercise, and icons throughout that help the user to discern topical changes.
Concerns: None

Other Issues and Comments: It is a scrapbook and takes you to other related links for information.