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Peer Review

CSU Information Competence Project



Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 3 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Oct 03, 2002 by Information Technology Editorial Board
Overview: This module consists of nine online tutorials designed to provide guidance and
practical exercises on Information Competence. The site provides an excellent
overview of the research process including how to identify a research question,
finding and evaluating resources, organizing and synthesizing resources, and
using electronic technologies for research. There is also a section on
understanding the ethical, legal, and socio-political issues surrounding
information and information technology
Type of Material: Tutorial
Recommended Uses: Computer connected to the Internet
Technical Requirements:
Identify Major Learning Goals: The goal of this module is to learn the basics of doing research in the
information age.

Target Student Population: Secondary and post secondary students interested in becoming more knowledgeable
on the topic of research.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Basic web navigational skills

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This module contains a great deal of information that is broken down into
manageable chunks and is well organized. The information is current, including
use of electronic communications and technologies.
Concerns: none

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: The interactive introductions and exercises were well done and engaging. The
self-graded practice quizzes enhanced the instruction significantly
Concerns: Clearer identification of learning objectives and prerequisite knowledge would
have been useful.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The module used a variety of navigational tools that made it easy to follow. The
site is exceptionally well structured.

Concerns: None

Other Issues and Comments: Ray Cafolla and Judy Serwatka reviewed this site.