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Peer Review

Irrigation Water Use

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Overall Numeric Rating:

4.25 stars
Content Quality: 4.5 stars
Effectiveness: 3.75 stars
Ease of Use: 4.5 stars
Reviewed: Apr 10, 2012 by Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Editorial Board
Overview: Introductory learning resource for irrigation water use in the United States. Outlines demand and importance of irrigation water in agriculture.
Type of Material: Development Tool
Recommended Uses: reference resource
Technical Requirements: Internet Browser
Identify Major Learning Goals: documentation of demand for irrigation water
Target Student Population: Middle school and above
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None identified

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: provides clear and straight forward description of irrigation water demand documents the importance of irrigation water. provides link to reference materials
Concerns: Incomplete coverage of irrigation systems. Seems to focus only on a couple of systems. Need to expand coverage and assessment of irrigation systems.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3.75 stars
Strengths: Links to other resources high quality graphics well written and concise
Concerns: No evident learning objectives Use likely limited to reference material

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: Appropriate for wide range of audiences, middle school and above.
Concerns: may not offer sufficient detail for a more advanced audience.

Comments from Author: Greetings, Okay, thanks a lot for including our US Geological Survey Water Science page about irrigation in your resource. I read it over and the concerns the reviewers expressed are all valid. So, yes, please post this article and the reviews, too. Thanks, Howard Perlman USGS