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Peer Review

Group Dynamics Resource Page

by Donelson R. Forsyth


Overall Numeric Rating:

4.75 stars
Content Quality: 4.75 stars
Effectiveness: 4.75 stars
Ease of Use: 4.75 stars
Reviewed: Jul 09, 2008 by Psychology
Overview: This site is a large collection of resources pertaining to the psychology of group dynamics. It includes links to external resources sorted by topic, Powerpoint slides to aid with classroom learning, teaching materials, groups-related online resources, and links to exercises and self-assessments to aid interested individuals with learning more about themselves and the topic of group dynamics.
Type of Material: This site is a collection of resources.
Recommended Uses: Instructors can supplement course material by pointing students to links of examples, case studies, and relevant articles. Readers can explore a variety of resources to get a good sense of how groups function.
Technical Requirements: Users will need a standard internet browser and Microsoft Powerpoint (to view slides).
Identify Major Learning Goals: The reader will learn about the common elements of group dynamics such as group formation, group conflict, group performance, power, and leadership. Instructors will acquire a variety of teaching resources include PowerPoint lecture slides, case studies, tips on using technology in teaching, readings for students, and many examples of group dynamics concepts.
Target Student Population: The site is geared toward high school, undergraduate behavioral sciences and management students, graduate students in behavioral sciences and management, and post-graduate researchers.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Some familiarity with behavioral research and coursework in behavioral sciences would be useful.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: Extensive, well-organized, and annotated set of links to resources that cover the primary topics within group dynamics. Many of the high-quality resources were created by the author, a leading expert in group dynamics. Current, accurate, relevant, and authoritative.
Concerns: The vast majority of resources found within the site are text-based. More audio and video resources could be added to enhance illustration and understanding of the concepts.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: As a learning tool, the site is a rich and current resource for exploring the topics of group dynamics. As a teaching tool, the site provides links to an extensive set of valuable supplementary materials and excellent PowerPoint slides for a group dynamics-related course. The Powerpoint slides can be used by students seeking to expound on their classroom learning; these slides are well-supported by additional materials and include questions to help students check their own understanding.
Concerns: Although the site does provide a little context for each subject area within group dynamics, readers are mostly left to themselves to explore and make connections between the materials. However, that is likely the primary purpose of this site. For instructors, although there is an extensive set of high quality supplementary materials, there are only a few activities or exercises provided that could provide students with additional practice or investigation. In addition, there is a relatively limited selection of questions and no stand-alone section of review questions.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: The site was very easy to navigate. Clear labels and annotation also made it easy to make sense of resources that were available, and to locate those of interest. Materials are sorted by topic and a table of topics is included at the top of the page to enable efficient navigation.
Concerns: Because the site is primarily one long page, links to the top of the page or back to the table of contents could have been provided at the end of each section. Students must sort through Powerpoint slides to locate questions for individual study.

Other Issues and Comments: A large majority of the links were working, but more than just a couple were broken. Users are not informed of the recency of page resources.