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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Leadership

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.5 stars
Content Quality: 4.75 stars
Effectiveness: 4.75 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Dec 03, 2013 by Business Editorial Board
Overview: These are a collection of articles assembled to provide business leaders and managers with up-to-date information, relatable situations, and resources related to leadership, coaching, and delegating. Topics include Assess and Improve Your Leadership Skills, Communicating with Employees, and Delegating Responsibility.
Learning Goals: Students will learn information relative to leadership, coaching, and delegating by providing real-life events/occurrences and resources. Students will be able to define the principle of leadership and its application in various settings.
Target Student Population: The target population includes: all college level students with a primary focus on business leadership/management, and also includes current business professionals
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: No prerequisite knowledge or skills are identified; however, it would be helpful for students/users to have a foundational understanding/knowledge or business/leadership.
Type of Material: Open Journal Article
Recommended Uses: Recommended uses include research, in class homework, individual/group activities, and supporting lecture with resources. These articles could also be used in training workshops for current business professionals.
Technical Requirements: • Internet Explorer (IE) version 8, Firefox (version 11). These were both used to access the material (the material website supports these browsers as well as Google Chrome). • Adobe Reader/Flash (needed to additional in-text links leading to other forms/formats of media)

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: • The collection of articles contains clear, concise, relatable information based on past and current events and the sub-topics integrate the concepts well by including a variety of resources and links to additional information and/or services related to leadership, coaching, delegating, and diversity. • The resources, assessments, and interviews contained within the content provide further support and explain processes and procedures on effective leadership. • Most of the sites are interesting and provide "real world" examples and situations.
Concerns: Major concern is that the articles are dated. The oldest one dates back to 1997.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: • The purpose of the material is to educate business/leadership students and business/leadership professionals on the processes and procedures of leadership, coaching, diversity, and delegation within their teams and businesses. The collection of articles uses references and interviews from actual events/situation using examples from the same to support the suggestions/theories of leadership • The articles are assembled in a manner that builds upon prior concepts and these articles are presented in a format that users/readers can see clear relationships between the materials and event/situations used to support the content. • The material does facilitate learning and learners will be able to identify the learning goals for leadership and leading through crisis events. • The articles are interesting and make one eager to read the next article presented within the list. • Relevance to "real world" situations makes the information relevant.
Concerns: Again, the major concern is that the articles are dated, some going back to 1997. All of the articles are from Inc.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: • The site is very easy to use. • The initial concept is introduced and then the related articles to specific situations and examples are compiled in an organized manner making it easy to follow. • The up-to-date articles relate directly to leadership, coaching, and delegating. All articles were recent and/or up to date and provided relevant information. • As far as the design of the web page, I the areas that allow users to search for specific topics of interest, the Editor’s Picks and hot Discussions areas are helpful.
Concerns: • I checked every related link within the compiled articles, there are a few links that have some “issues” and these include: Headline: “Assess and Improve your Leadership Skills” -> this heading is in blue, it would appear that maybe it would link to another area or article but it does not, I would recommend maybe changing those heading colors that don’t actually link anywhere (make them different from the headlines that do hyperlink to another article). This is the same situation for the headline: “Communicating with Employees.” Headline: “Courage: Tap Greater Potential and Thrive Through Challenges,” When I click on this article link, it open fine, my concern with this one is the bulleted items at the introduction section of this article. The bullets used are question marks (?) and not sure if this was a coding issue or intentional – I would recommend using a different bullet font. The final article link - Headline: “The Leader Within,” this particular article has a lot of html code intermixed and makes it difficult to read and follow through the article, maybe have the reviewers take a look at that and see if they can resubmit without the html code.

Other Issues and Comments: Overall, I was impressed with the ease of the design and ability to move from one article to the next, despite the ads (that I understand always accompany many web pages and website) I think Inc. has provided very usable, relatable, and current articles that I think would be very beneficial for all business leaders/manager to read and update their plans. I would also like to point out that I particularly favored the self-assessments/quizzes that were located in the earlier article links and available through the search function (I am always looking for new material to provide to students and this is very helpful). I also found the information on Building Rapport with Different Personalities of great interest. Well Done! This article provided unique and helpful insights as well as The World’s Best Employee Manual. Thank you for incorporating these into the collection, these are very useful.