"Teaching Resources", part of the AATG Supersite, is a collection of sites chosen for their overall usefulness for German teaching at all levels. Based on varying criteria, the collection is grouped into various types ("activities", "resources", "scenarios", "projects", or "exercises") and subcategories ("Essen & Trinken", "Wohnen", etc.). Stable, comprehensive sites that contain minimal or no advertising are preferred. Their links are annotated briefly. Every four months, the collection is updated and archived into "volumes" (which remain accessible).
The goal is to provide to instructors an access point to German teaching materials suitable for just about any conceivable situation. Some subcategories are more heavily populated than others, but this will change over time.
Target Student Population:
The site is a collection aimed primarily at instructors to choose sites from. The linked external sites are potentially for all students; the majority are largely or entirely in German, with a few in English or largely in English. The annotations often specify the level of students that the material at a particular link is aimed at.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The students' prerequisite knowledge or skills varies from one external site to another, but overall there is something for almost all levels, with the emphasis being on intermediate levels and up.
Type of Material:
The collection is frequently updated and contains a wide and changing range of materials.
The potential uses of the material also vary from one type of resource to another and from one page within each subcategory to another.
Evaluation and Observation
There is a wealth of topics and included sites. The best aspect is the fact that the items included in the respective collection have been carefully screened. There is a surprisingly high degree of uniformity in the nature of the exercises linked to; some of this uniformity results from linking to sites explicitly based on the same pedagogical standards.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
These collections provide a wonderful resource for instructors of German, who are the primary audience. This site is not intended for students; sites included are, however. This site itself is not conceived as a teaching tool, but as a portal to learning objects.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The setup is straightforward, and the collection is well organized and maintained. The structure is identical from category to category; this simplifies navigation. The main access page features a very handy and flexible search function, allowing for searches. Depending on the linked individual site, it may be more for students than instructors (or vice versa).
Even with regular updates, there is the chance of finding dead links, but given the large number of external sites overall, this is generally a minor concern. A small number of categories presently include only one link, but this too will be variable over time. Where the external links themselves contain dead links, this is obviously beyond the control of the AATG site.
Other Issues and Comments:
Users have the option to suggest (via a simple online form) sites for review and inclusion.