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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Installing a CAPTCHA

by Theresa Clarke
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.75 stars
Content Quality: 4.5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.25 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Sep 07, 2013 by Business Editorial Board
Overview: This is a brief assignment that demonstrates how to install a CAPTCHA on a WordPress blog, which is a tool that authenticates that a human is submitting a blog response, not a computer. It can be used in any class that requires students to have a blog.
Learning Goals: Students will be learn to install a plug in on their blog page designed to filter out unwanted posters or possibly reduce the number of posters. Students will also learn the function of a CAPTCHA plug in.
Target Student Population: General college
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Some knowledge of the internet and blogging. Must have a WordPress blog.
Type of Material: Assignment
Recommended Uses: In class or homework
Technical Requirements: Internet browser with capability of installing plug in application. Students using this exercise as an assignment will need to have an active Word Press blog.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: The assignment is very concise and understandable. It has practical applications in many disciplines. Very simple and direct instructions. Good links to ancillary information. Useful information even if students do not have an active blog.
Concerns: The assignment requires some prior work and additional technical understanding – the student must have a WordPress blog, which is not a trivial requirement.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths: This is a very simple addition to any class that incorporates the use of blogs, specifically WordPress. This shows the usefulness of this type of test on the internet. The CAPTCHA is designed to deter spam bloggers. Students be encouraged to do additional research about this type of internet test.
Concerns: This assignment does require the instructor to provide some context.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Easy to understand document with working links.
Concerns: None