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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


A Vision of Leadership for Collaboration and Innovation

by Chris Newham
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

3.75 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 3.75 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Dec 03, 2013 by Business Editorial Board
Overview: The author provides an interesting model, that he calls the Self Coaching Model. This model is an interactive 3-dimensional model in the shape of a pyramid. The corners of the model are intentions held, and include: innovate, lead, and follow. The edges are behaviors arising and include: responding, improvising, and respecting. The faces are competencies developed, and include: collaboration, contribution, and visualization. The model attempts to show the relationships between actions and qualities, such as the need for structure and organization in order to implement ideas.
Learning Goals: The student will be able to define leadership, and explore related areas and terminology.
Target Student Population: Business students in graduate school or working professionals; good for corporate training.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Basic computer skills. While the tutorial does refer to basic business terms, it does explain them in an interactive format for anyone who is unfamiliar with them.
Type of Material: Tutorial
Recommended Uses: For individuals interested in learning about leadership, and related areas such as: innovation, following, collaboration, contribution, respecting. Use as a self-study
Technical Requirements: Accessible through Google Chrome and Firefox. Current Java is helpful but I did not find it necessary.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: • Easy to use diagram • Explains concepts in simple terms • Gives quotes from authorities and successful people to illustrate concepts • Many quotes are used, including quotes from: Jobs, McLuhan, Drucker, Shakespeare, Noble, Thoreau, and others.
Concerns: • How to use the diagram and tool is not readily apparent. • More introduction and instructions would be helpful; examples of each pair of values would also be helpful for the user to completely understand the inter-connectedness of each set of values. • The model is somewhat dated.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3.75 stars
Strengths: • The interactive diagram could be quite helpful when used as a tool for a presenter teaching the material in person. • Many leadership related topics are discussed in the model. • It is relatively easy to follow and understand.
Concerns: • No way provided for the user to evaluate whether he has understood the concepts. • Only that the model is somewhat dated.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: • Ease of navigation • Good concepts • Bright graphics • Relatively easy to figure out, once started.
Concerns: • Without more examples or context, the tool is difficult for self-teaching • Too much text on one page; perhaps only one quote in larger font would have better effect • Not enough instructions on how to use the diagram • Took a short while at first to follow the relationships of the topics in the model.

Other Issues and Comments: With less cluttered pages and more instructions and examples, this could be a very good teaching tool. Right now it is clear for those who already understand these paired concepts, but to a first-time user, it would be less than clear.