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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Investigating a Topic: Tutorial for Info Power (TIP)

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Ratings

Overall Rating:

4 stars
Content Quality: 4.5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.25 stars
Ease of Use: 3.75 stars
Reviewed: Oct 30, 2010 by Library and Information Services
Overview: An in-depth tutorial providing instruction in the research process encompassing content on selecting a topic, analyzing the assignment, writing a thesis statement and formulating a research question, identifying and accessing information to support your thesis statement, and incorporating the information into a paper observing the conventions for citing the sources for your information.
Learning Goals: The purpose of the tutorial is to assist students in finding, evaluating, and utilizing research,exploring the steps in the research process.
Target Student Population: This tutorial is best suited for use with first year college/university students or beginning researchers.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: A cursory understanding of library resources and services.
Type of Material: Tutorial
Recommended Uses: The tutorial could be used for homework. The tutorial would best be used in conjunction with an assignment. A good tutorial for students enrolled in introductory composition courses.
Technical Requirements: none

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: The tutorial provides an efficient and comprehensive introduction to finding, evaluating, and utilizing research. The inclusion of a number of contextual cues for why and when specific research skills are important enhances the effectiveness of the instruction.
Concerns: The breadth of information covered allows for only an introduction to each concept. This is what the tutorial is intended to do and is not really a weakness in the tutorial, but the limited coverage of topics could limit the tutorial's usefulness for those wanting to use specific portions of the tutorial (e.g., evaluating resources) more intensively.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths: This tutorial has an appropriate amount of content to provide students a basic overview of many information literacy related objectives. It makes good use of analogies, memory aids, and visuals to enhance the acquisition of various research skills.
Concerns: Too much content is presented within one tutorial resulting in information overload or making it difficult to access instruction on a specific aspect of the research process. Succinctly stated the tutorial lacks granularity and is far too long to maintain the attention of students. To be effective, tutorials like this one require that they be used in conjunction with an assignment

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 3.75 stars
Strengths: This tutorial is very easy to use. Activities are added into the tutorial when appropriate, and these add greatly to the overall usefulness of the tutorial. The navigation tabs located across the top of the slide presentation provides a means of navigating within the tutorial that reflects the steps identified in the research process.
Concerns: The small size of the font in some slides may be an issue for those with visual problems and/or impairments. The inclusion of additional interactive components would present students with a more engaging learning experience.

Other Issues and Comments: None