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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Maps of War

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.75 stars
Content Quality: 4.75 stars
Effectiveness: 4.75 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jun 26, 2012 by Sociology Editorial Board
Overview: Maps of War provides dynamic visualizations of three major long-term historical processes: democracy, religion and Middle East imperialism. The flash-animated maps are visually attractive and content specific. They simplify rather complex histories into graphic 90 second bites that should encourage students to learn more.
Learning Goals: Learners will be better able to connect varied histories related to the development of world religions and their spread over time, imperial war and conquest in the Middle East, and the origins and spread of democracy. Learners should likewise gain "big picture" understandings of long-term historical events.
Target Student Population: High school students and college undergraduates.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Basic computer navigation skills.
Type of Material: Animated videos, reference materials.
Recommended Uses: Appropriate for high school and college introductory courses on history, religion, politics, sociology, and international relations.
Technical Requirements: Microsoft Windows up to 7, Flash, Internet Explorer 7 or above

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: Maps of War provides visually dynamic materials that will importantly supplement instruction on particular historical events and processes.
Concerns: The title of the website is a misnomer in that war-related content is only specific to one of three primary animations. Instructors should be sure to check the animations against their own understandings of the timing and nature of developments.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: Effective as reference materials for high school and college students in history, religion, politics, sociology, and international relations courses.
Concerns: Should be used only as a supplement for instruction as it does not provide audio or text descriptions of events and processes.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: User-friendly reference materials.
Concerns: None.

Other Issues and Comments: Instructive, interactive, and engaging, with high-design quality.