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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


The evolution and impact of Twitter

by Larry Press
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 4.75 stars
Effectiveness: 4.75 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Mar 15, 2014 by Information Technology Editorial Board
Overview: This module is part of the general CIS275 literacy course; it's designed for adult learners interested in sharpening their digital literacy skills.
Learning Goals: Internet concepts, applications, implications of use, technology skills, content creation, digital consumer skills
Target Student Population: Adult learners including first and second year college students
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: basic keyboarding skills; some exposure to internet literacy is helpful, basic navigation skills, solid internet access; Word and PowerPoint viewers; plugins for videos
Type of Material: This is a self paced course.
Recommended Uses: Students and instructors in digital literacy courses; continuing education courses on computing literacy; students who would like to become more proficient in computing and using the internet.
Technical Requirements: Browser, fairly quick internet access (especially for video clips), basic keyboarding and mousing skills; computer speakers and headphones; make the courses more accessible by adding captions to the videos in addition to audio and video transcripts.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: This course is thoroughly designed, the navigation is clear, and the materials can be downloaded for studying at any time. Assignments are very helpful and aide students in working through the concepts in each topic. The instructor provides ample study materials for each topic.
Concerns: There is a lot of material; although it is self-paced, it would be helpful to use it with a facilitator. More tutorials would be helpful for the tools used in the course. How often are the modules updated; is there regular feedback offered by the instructor to course participants? I see the assignments but I don't see a lot of student responses on some topics. There should be more information on social media use.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: This course is very thoroughly designed; has a clear structure/navigation, and is consistent in all topics (layout, assignments). The activities definitely engage students: http://cis275assignments.blogspot.com/search/label/Content%20creation It's a good introductory course on basic digital literacy. All materials are open and available for use by anyone willing to invest the time to learn.
Concerns: The ability to remove course comments would be helpful; It would be helpful if the instructor includes more sessions on social media, including more examples when/how it should be used (not used). Please add examples of social media use in different areas (health, business, education). Give a scenario of a sentinel event with social media (including but not limited to Twitter), and how to resolve it.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Very easy to use; clear navigation Clean design
Concerns: Please add a simple search for the topics (not just the cloud of words) Not all tools are simple to use for a beginner

Other Issues and Comments: The only issue is the openness of the course for some students this may not be in their best interest. The course is nicely designed and functional. Functional and clearly designed course.