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Peer Review

Domain Name Servers



Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 4.5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Feb 17, 2003 by Information Technology Editorial Board
Overview: This is a tutorial on the use of Domain Name Servers. The tutorial is part of a
collection of tutorials from the website.
Type of Material: Tutorial
Recommended Uses: This would be excellent supplementary reading material to any text that
discusses the use of Domain Names Servers on the Internet. Students could be
assigned the reading on this material, and then the instructor would discuss it
in class and perhaps give some examples.

This site would enhance the lesson in an online environment where the immediate
access to an instructor might not be present. The tutorial uses simple terms to
define a complex topic.
Technical Requirements: A browser is all that is needed to access this site and access to the Internet.
Identify Major Learning Goals: The major learning goals are:
- to understand what the Domain Name Servers(DNS) are
- to be able to describe what an IP address is and how it is used
- to learn where to look to set up a DNS
- to learn how to determine the IP address of your own computer
- to understand the concept of distributed systems
Target Student Population: Students in an introductory computer or networking college course would benefit
from the use of this web site. However, it could be used as a quick reference
guide for data communications students as well.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: Discusses a very technical topic in terms that most students can understand.
Concerns: Some interactive quizzes would enhance this site and well as demo applets. The
author does provide some examples to his discussion.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Excellent teaching tool, giving the students not only the basic information, but
also some links to additional information and definitions.
Concerns: It is part of the website. It is not an individual site.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This is a very easy to use web site. Good navigation buttons and links to browse
back and forth between the topics. An index is given at the bottom of each
page in case the student wants to re-visit a topic that was already read.

Other Issues and Comments: