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Peer Review

Linux Tutorial



Overall Numeric Rating:

4.5 stars
Content Quality: 4.7 stars
Effectiveness: 4.6 stars
Ease of Use: 4.5 stars
Reviewed: Jun 08, 2004 by Information Technology Editorial Board
Overview: This is an interactive tutorial to learn the basics of Linux operating system.
The tutorial is composed of four modules, which need to be downloaded
separately. These modules are intended as a quick way to get started using Linux
in a simulated environment where the learner has particular goals to meet. The
site also contains a list of other useful Linux sites.
Type of Material: Interactive tutorial.
Recommended Uses: Self-study.
Technical Requirements: Web browser that supports Java 1.1.
Identify Major Learning Goals: On completion, students will be able to
1. Manipulate files and file permissions in Linux,
2. Create, move through and remove directories in Linux,
3. Use the finger command to find information on other users of the Linux
4. Use the man command to inspect the on-line Linux manual,
5. Redirect output,
6. Print files, inspect the printer queue and remove files from a printer
Target Student Population: Any learner or user who wants to learn the basics of Linux operating system
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None, although a basic familiary with Windows would be useful.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.7 stars
Strengths: Good coverage of basic Linux commands.
Concerns: None.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.6 stars
Strengths: The simulated Linux command interpreter allows the learner to enter Linux
commands and get feedback and get a feel for what it would be like to work in a
Linux environment.

Concerns: The feedback the learner gets for an incorrect input is limited. The material
simply provides the correct answer and demonstrates the effect of the correct

First, in a number of cases in module 1, the effects of certain commands on the
directory structure are either not displayed at all or too late.

Second, the feedback given to the student who makes a mistake is minimal. The
site merely gives the correct answer and does not attempt to show the student
what mistake they made or where in the command that was typed.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: Each module is easy to use.
Concerns: Navigation between modules is cumbersome/complicated.

Other Issues and Comments: In general, a good site.

Creative Commons:
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States