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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Doink.com

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

3.75 stars
Content Quality: 3.5 stars
Effectiveness: 3.75 stars
Ease of Use: 3.75 stars
Reviewed: Jun 26, 2010 by Teacher Education
Overview: This is an online site that combines drawing and animation. You do not have to be able to draw well to use this site. Yet you can also be an artist and put your talents to good use. DoInk brings two things to the table: a community of talented people, and all the tools they need to share their ideas. Once users have signed up (free) they can begin animating, drawing, and sharing. Users can re-use the work of thousands of other users who have designated permission to do so. Doink is also a social networking site with a large community. Some images are available for purchase with "coins" which have no monetary value.
Learning Goals: People are talented in different ways: Some are storytellers, some critics, some artists, and some are educators. DoInk is a place for users to enjoy art, animation, and make their own. DoInk brings two things to the table: a community of talented people, and all the tools they need to share their ideas.
Target Student Population: Upper elementary, middle school, high school, and university students; Educators and anyone interested in creating animations.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None. Tutorials are provided to help you get started.
Type of Material: Animation development tool; social network
Recommended Uses: Educators can create animations that highlight or illustrate key concepts from curriculum being taught. Middle school students (13 years at least) through university level students develop animations that address content they are studying. Students and educators can review the hundreds of animations already created to find one that may enhance lesson development or presentations. Users can create animations and drawings to embed in course content.
Technical Requirements: no special requirements

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3.5 stars
Strengths: Doink offers creative opportunities for developing animation. The design model used for the site allows users to understand how the process of animation works. Users can develop and improve both animation and drawing skills with continued use. Prerequisite knowledge is not necessary, but artists with drawing experience should be delighted with the possibilities. The community sharing of "props" (animations created by users who designate that their work can be shared with others) is a strength for those exploring the process of animation. The site also has a Code of Conduct for its users and monitors the site to see that it is followed. The site is user friendly with tutorials provided.
Concerns: None.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3.75 stars
Strengths: The intent of this site is support the development and sharing of created online animations. After completing an animation, users should have a clearer understanding of the processes involved in creating animations. The use of animations addresses visual literacy skills for both the creators and the viewers. There are a series of Doink Tutorials provided that address several aspects of the tool. The tutorials can be used by both instructor and students. The completed animations and those in the Doink collection can be used in a variety of teaching and learning settings, limited only by the creators' ideas.
Concerns: None. Depending on the course, there may be limited potential for coursework assignments.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 3.75 stars
Strengths: The layout of the site is clean, systematic, and clearly labeled. You can search the entire site for specific information and for particular animations of the thousands available. Tabs for signing in, exploring the animations, and forums for user discussions are strategically placed across the top of each page. At the bottom of each page there are links to a informational blog about current news and features at Doink, Terms of Service which includes the Code of Conduct, Forums for user discussions, and Feedback for the owners. The site is attractive for students and provides social networking opportunities.
Concerns: None.