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Peer Review

HTML Practice Exercises

by Theresa Clarke


Overall Rating:

3 stars
Content Quality: 3.25 stars
Effectiveness: 3.5 stars
Ease of Use: 2.75 stars
Reviewed: Oct 13, 2013 by Business Editorial Board
Overview: This material contains two exercises to help students practice using HTML tags to code a basic web page.
Learning Goals: The main learning goal is to allow students to practice using HTML tags to code a basic web page.
Target Student Population: This material is appropriate for any level student from high school on up to graduate students. The material focus is very narrow, and thus, the audience also is likely very narrow. If you cover this type of material in a course, then this assignment should be of great use.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: The concept of using HTML tags to code a basic web page must be covered in detail in a course prior to using this assignment. This assignment is not a stand alone assignment.
Type of Material: The assignments are billed as practice assignments to augment class discussion of the topic.
Recommended Uses: Should be used with a class that is teaching html construction of webpages
Technical Requirements: Basic Internet browsing capabilities; notepad software. Note: To view the exercises requires navigation through the sponsoring Universities passcode system. Clicking on cancel in the pop up window that requests user name and passcode brings up the exercises. The exercises have no links to resources or information on how to set up a webpage or use html except for some information for those that use a macintosh computer and need help dealing with keyboard issues.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3.25 stars
Strengths: The two assignments are very detailed and contain explicit directions. Students who have sat through a lecture on this topic should be able to follow the directions and practice this skill.
Concerns: Without being privy to the accompanying lecture, it is difficult to assess whether the assigned tasks are appropriate and easily accomplished by the average student. There are no resources supplied for setting up the pages and working with HTML. There is one link to a site with information on using Text Edit with a Macintosh for HTML, but this is not sufficiently explained.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3.5 stars
Strengths: The assignments are very hands on and force the student to implement what they have studied in class. For the right class and with the right accompanying lecture, this could prove to be an effective lecture. The exercises contain all of the critical components for integrating search engine and navigation options in a web page.
Concerns: Again, the assignment is only one piece of the puzzle. Without the accompanying lecture materials, it is difficult to identify any concerns. The absence of description or links for the technical work of doing the exercises means that they are only good for an instructor who has learned the technology of using html.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 2.75 stars
Strengths: Both assignments are detailed and provide the students with step by step instructions. Assuming that the student was exposed to the relevant information in class, he/she should be able to follow the directions provided. For the instructor who needs to design a work project in html application the exercises suggest very good component practice
Concerns: Without the accompanying lecture material, the true ease of use is difficult to assess. The material is not easily accessible due to the password protection. The lack of resources mentioned or linked that would provide samples or learning tools makes this hard to use.

Other Issues and Comments: It would be useful to have access to the lecture materials that are presented prior to assigning these practice exercises. This material is useful only for an assignment in a class teaching the creation of basic webpages. The concepts and technology needed to do the exercises is not provided. Also some mention of the other items for more sophisticated web pages should be made.