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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Identify Needed Resources: Learn Information Literacy Initiative

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Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.75 stars
Content Quality: 4.75 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.75 stars
Reviewed: Oct 30, 2010 by Library and Information Services
Overview: This is one module of an information literacy tutorial. It describes the range of potential resources available for an assignment. Definitions of each type appear in a hyperlinked pop up window. In addition, a table comparing and contrasting the differences between magazines and journals is available. A very short exercise gives students practice in selecting the appropriate type of resource for a given assignment and a quiz may also be taken to test one's comprehension of the module.
Learning Goals: The objectives of the tutorial are to identify the range of available resources,compare an assignment's needs to the resources and select the most appropriate resource based on those needs.
Target Student Population: College general education
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None
Type of Material: tutorial
Recommended Uses: individual or class library orientation.
Technical Requirements: Browser, flash, java

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: The strength of this tutorial lies in the manner in which the instruction is placed in the context of a research assignment. In this way students are provided examples of how each type of resource might be used. Understanding the types of resources available is a core concept that students need to have in order to begin their research.
Concerns: use of Australian terms, like lecturer

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The learning objectives are clearly described at the beginning of the tutorial. This particular module is appropriately positioned in the sequence of modules, each of which builds on information provided in the previous modules. The module takes about 10 minutes to complete which is reasonably fast.
Concerns: Students in a hurry, may not take the time to view additional hyperlinked resources or perform the exercises that aid comprehension.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: The design quality is quite good with attractive graphics and moderate use of flash animations and interactivity. The instructions are quite clear and I am impressed by the detailed navigational instruction page and alternative navigation option offered by the site map. In addition, detailed instructions were supplied in regard to technical requirements. It is a self-paced tutorial which is also a good design feature.
Concerns: Users who view only a portion of a module may not recall their "place"; there are quite a few sections to it. Best to view the entire module in one session.

Other Issues and Comments: This is a very well executed tutorial.