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Content Analysis of MERLOT's Peer Review Reports

Content Analysis of MERLOT's Peer Review Reports

The purpose of this research is to examine the consistency in the quality and content of the Peer Reviews. By examining the content of the existing peer reviews, MERLOT and its Editorial Boards can decide on more specific guidelines for writing highly valuable peer reviews. Improvements in the MERLOT standards, training, and review process can also be produced. It was requested that The Center for Usability in Design and Assessment (CUDA) at CSU, Long Beach (1) assess the completeness of the Peer Reviews, and (2) perform a content analysis of the last approximately 100 Peer Reviews posted by the 13 MERLOT Editorial Review Boards. Content analysis began with an iterative process of developing categories of content embedded in the Peer Reviews. Upon categorizing the content, the frequencies in which different categories of content occurred was evaluated. For example, there may be multiple ways to describe the Quality of Content of learning materials. The content analysis defines the different types of descriptions of Quality and how often each type of description occurs in the collection of Peer Reviews.


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