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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


The Sociological Cinema

by Valerie Chepp , Paul Dean , Lester Andrist
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Nov 15, 2011 by Sociology Editorial Board
Overview: This excellent site is comprised of a rich and growing aggregate of online video clips for which discussion is provided relative to both sociological application and classroom use. The collection draws from diverse genres, including segments from popular movies, documentaries, television programs, commercials, etc. Clips are easy to locate by virtue of key tags. Entries include source URLs and allow users to direct materials to preferred social network sites. Faculty and students are encouraged to submit video clips and reference materials.
Learning Goals: The site filters through the enormous amount of online video to bring instant access to a host of sociologically-relevant video resources. Aggregated clips provide students with visual presentation of concepts under study. This should significantly enhance concept relevance, enabling users to simplify, deepen discussion, and promote understanding of key ideas. Users should come to appreciate the importance of video resources in learning and instruction.
Target Student Population: The main audience would be college-level students taking sociology courses. Clips would be highly useful for introductory sociology, but would also be useful in specialty courses.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Most of the site's clips do not require prerequisite knowledge. However, it would probably be helpful for instructors to introduce clips and provide contextual discussion.
Type of Material: This is an extensive collection of video clips and reference materials.
Recommended Uses: Clips should prove to be very useful for classroom presentations and discussions. They could also be assigned to students for written essays. Finally, students could be encouraged to find and submit clips and reference materials to the site.
Technical Requirements: This site was viewed without problems in IE 7, Mozilla Firefox 8, and Google Chrome.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This rich site has a large number of sociologically-relevant video clips. Systematic categorization promotes easy location and use.
Concerns: None.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Clips are chosen for their illustrative value and relevance. Most are extremely effective. They are current and of interest to students. They allow students to learn much in a short time.
Concerns: None.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The site is easy to navigate, easy to use, flexible, and engaging.
Concerns: None.

Other Issues and Comments: This is a wonderful, useful site. The creators are to be commended for making this valuable resource available.