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Peer Review

Surveys to Secondary Research

by Mary Ewald


Overall Numeric Rating:

3.75 stars
Content Quality: 3.5 stars
Effectiveness: 3.75 stars
Ease of Use: 3.5 stars
Reviewed: Dec 03, 2013 by Business Editorial Board
Overview: “Surveys to Secondary Research” is an education site for students to learn how to look at materials, create a questionnaire, create a survey, and then publish and interpret the survey.
Type of Material: Tutorial
Recommended Uses: Individual use
Technical Requirements: A computer, internet connectivity, and knowledge/understanding about how to use: "Survey Monkey", "Create a Graph", "Skype", "Email", and "Google Docs".
Identify Major Learning Goals: Learning how to: • interpret materials viewed and then to create a relevant questionnaire concerning the material,then how • to narrow down the questionnaire to 10 questions, • create a survey using "Survey Monkey", • use “Create a Graph” and then publish the results using “Skype”.
Target Student Population: Students writing educational technology instructional design plans
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Understanding of instructional design basics, primary and secondary research, surveys and second language learners

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3.5 stars
Strengths: • Good collection of materials. • Once mastered, the student will have a great understanding of how to create a survey and graph concerning the resultant materials. • Potential for great visuals.
Concerns: The plan needs to be edited for grammar and word usage. Too many elements - primary and secondary research, surveys and second language learners - are included causing confusion and lack of focus. Online portions seem to be thrown in to meet some other unstated objective.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3.75 stars
Strengths: • The materials are relevant. • The materials help to guide students toward growth in the digital age. • The materials give the student the ability to use visuals that have not been readily available in the past.
Concerns: • Would not want to use it as an example because I wouldn't want my students to do something like this. The research problem, research question and the design plan seem to be muddled together. • The visuals are missing. It would be improved by including visual tutorials or interactive learning tools.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 3.5 stars
Strengths: • Learning materials are listed-great information. • Good referencing of ESL regulations. • Good site to reference training materials. • Links are provided for all programs utilized.
Concerns: • The learning materials and tools sited are not hyperlinked to. • This seems to read at a level that is above the 5th grade level. • No visual breaks-this is an 8 page, scroll down, file with only wording. There was nothing done to add color, visual stimulation, tables etc….

Other Issues and Comments: An instructional design plan from educational technology should have unique items designed by the writer, not just ways to tie in simple online software.