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Peer Review

Engaging Business Students in Online Research and Critical Thinking through Customized Assignments

by Henri Mondschein


Overall Numeric Rating:

3.75 stars
Content Quality: 3.25 stars
Effectiveness: 3 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Mar 25, 2008 by Library and Information Services
Overview: A good powerpoint presentation about how to use business databases to enhance critical thinking skills in business classes. Includes links to assignments. Describes teaching business information literacy at California Lutheran University.
Type of Material: lecture/presentation
Recommended Uses: In faculty development or recruiting workshops.
Technical Requirements: Power Point software. File downloads to personal computer.
Identify Major Learning Goals: Explores techniques for engaging business students in using business databases for research and in using critical thinking.
Target Student Population: Business school faculty and business librarians. Not directed to a student population.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Basic computer searching skills.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3.25 stars
Strengths: Overview is concise and offers a complete review of the program including outcomes and assessments. Contains assignments. Language is clear and easy to follow.
Concerns: As a powerpoint much of the presentation must be offered by the presenter with the power point slides offering a more generalized outline. The first few slides are just backgroud information about the business school that the presentation was written for. A larger context than the power point alone is needed. It is also specific to one school and one program. It would require some effort to repurpose for more general use.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: Useful as a model for professional events and faculty development.
Concerns: Could explain the databases in a little more detail. Too specific to one program to use without substantial modification.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: Easy to use. Interactive. Promotes critical thinking and the use of databases. Well laid out.
Concerns: Powerpoint is needed.