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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Lightweight Construction

by NFA TRADE Virtual TRADEing POST
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

3.25 stars
Content Quality: 3.25 stars
Effectiveness: 3 stars
Ease of Use: 3 stars
Reviewed: Jul 14, 2010 by Fire Safety
Overview: This program addresses aspects of lightweight contstruction that affect fire fighters in their respose to incidents in those types of facilitiies.
Learning Goals: To understand how lightweight construction works, how long it may last and the various type of materials used in the construction.
Target Student Population: 1st and 2nd year students or those with no background in building construction, Certified Firefighters, Firefighter trainees
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Basic knowledge of construction terms
Type of Material: Presentation
Recommended Uses: Building Construction Class module, Continuing education class
Technical Requirements: Powerpoint viewer, computer, and projector

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3.25 stars
Strengths: The large number of photos helps show the various components of lightweight construction, and the dangers associated with it.
Concerns: There is a large quantity of empty slides which lessens the quality, and very little descriptive material to go along with the photos. Several photos, while good quality, are vague as to their purpose in the program.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: This powerpoint makes a good basis for a module in a building construction class.
Concerns: However, with the lack of text on the photo slides and the large number of blank slides, this presentation would need a lot of work before it was usable in any setting. Also, the flying square in each slide is very distracting and unnecessary. It would need to be removed to improve the ability to move through the slide show quicker if needed.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: Very easy to use.
Concerns: The lack of captions for the photos, lack of additional supporting text, and general lack of continuity in the program makes this difficult to use.

Other Issues and Comments: Too many blank slides. Remove them.