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Usability Evaluation of MERLOT's Peer Review Reports

Usability Evaluation of MERLOT's Peer Review Reports

The usability lab evaluation of MERLOT's Peer Reviews was conducted between February 2nd and March 21st, 2001. Five faculty members from Cal State Long Beach participated: two from Physics, two from Biology, and one from the Business department. CUDA evaluated the quality of the content, effectiveness as a learning resource evaluation tool, and ease of use of MERLOT's Peer Reviews using modified lab evaluation methods that included having participants from the target user population (1) Perform their own assessment of an online learning resource from MERLOT and then compare it to the Peer Review attached to that resource, (2) Read a Peer Review from MERLOT before comparing it to their own assessment of the online learning resource to which it is attached (time permitting) and (3) Compare formats of Peer Review reports across disciplines (time permitting). A complete description of the laboratory user testing methodology applied in this evaluation of MERLOT's Peer Reviews is contained in part III of this report entitled Method of Assessment. Report distributed April 2001 oh i though

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