This learning material is a collection of websites and article references on the topic of human trafficking and modern-day slavery organized both by topic and by country analysis. The website also includes one sample course outline, a collection of graphics, lesson plans, essay questions and sample debate topics. This artifact serves primarily as reference material on the topic of human trafficking and modern-day slavery to be used by instructors for course planning/research as well as student research for term paper assignments.
Type of Material:
Instructors may use this collection of materials to plan for a course or lecture or students may use these reference materials to prepare and research for a course project.
A basic web browser is needed. Two reviewers viewed the site in multiple browsers (including Google Chrome 39.0) and did not experience any difficulties in viewing the website content.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
This website provides educational materials to be used in psychology, philosophy, sociology, and global studies, and any other course or discipline that touches on the subject of social issues relating to human trafficking and modern-day slavery. After reviewing these materials, students will be able to discuss, present, and debate the critically significant global issue of human trafficking and modern-day slavery.
Target Student Population:
• The presented material would be useful for both undergraduate as well as graduate level coursework and students studying psychology, sociology, philosophy, and global studies. The content is somewhat difficult and may be challenging for younger students. However, the website recommends specific resources for targeted age groups: 10-12, 13-15 and 16-18.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Only basic computer navigation skills would be needed to successfully use this site. Some previous understanding of social issues within the U.S. or other countries may be beneficial, but not required, to fully grasp the material presented.
• The content on this site is highly comprehensive and includes a significant breadth of information relating to the topic of human trafficking and modern day slavery. It has link-outs to a number of external sites, which appear to be recent.
• The biggest strength of this reference collection is the sheer number of references available. Each country has its own page that highlights reference materials related to that country. A user could also search by topic. Content appears to be current.
• Content on each country is extensive, though most of this is presented as link-outs to additional materials. It is unclear how articles are selected to be “featured” or how they move down to be “archived.”
• There is limited scholarly evaluation of the content with the website, even including disclaimers such as this one: “The following links have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in Angola. Some of these links may lead to websites that present allegations that are unsubstantiated or even false. No attempt has been made to verify their authenticity or to validate their content.”
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
• The diversity of applications for this material is the most impressive feature. Further, the provision of possible learning exercises to faculty is also very useful.
• The front page of the website includes an introduction to the content. The website also includes sample lesson plans and other instructor resources for teaching this topic in the classroom.
• The inclusion of a discussion forum (which would entail some level of monitoring by the website manager) might allow for a higher level of interactivity with those individuals using the site. The site does currently allow for users to submit ideas to the author through a link that generates an e-mail message to the author.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
• Overall the site is simple to navigate and easy to understand. It is clear what content is available in various locations.
• The site is largely text-based with some links appearing in font size that is too small for easy readability.
• The content can be challenging to surf owing to the sheer amount of content. A user has to do a lot of reading through the recommended resources to gain information on the topic. Sometime this means sorting through multiple websites. In addition, there is no progression in the topics; for example there is not an introductory section. Rather, the website jumps into “pick a topic” or “pick a country.” Such a comprehensive website would benefit from summaries on each of the topics compiled into user friendly pages.
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