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Peer Review

Working with Results: Info Research 101 Tutorial



Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Oct 30, 2010 by Library and Information Services
Overview: Self-paced interactive tutorial on finding information, evaluating it, and using it for writing research papers.
Type of Material: Tutorial
Recommended Uses: Individual use and English Composition library orientation
Technical Requirements: Flash
Identify Major Learning Goals: Students will learn to find useful information. Students will learn to evaluate information critically. Students will learn to use information ethically.
Target Student Population: General college, high school
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Browser

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Site is clear, easy to use, and complete. These are common research concepts much misunderstood by students, and this tutorial addresses each concept with concrete examples and some self-checking interactivity. This site could be used in a stand alone situation in many academic circumstances. It's quick to use, and very clear. Through the 5 sections it takes a learner through the basic steps to writing a good quality research paper. It is a self-contained learning object because there are examples, tips and activities to try what you have learned in each section.
Concerns: None.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Very clearly identifies the learning objectives and builds upon each concept. Would be very efficient in many situations. Each section stands alone, progressing logically through the research process.
Concerns: None.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This is clean and attractive. Easy to use, clear instructions, visually appealing, with just enough interactivity to keep students' attention. At the end of each of the 5 main sections there is a summary that reinforces what has been learned. It is interactive with examples, tips and activities to try out what has been learned.
Concerns: None.

Other Issues and Comments: I like the use of examples and the interactivity. This site could be easily incorporated into many classes.