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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Demographics of the Global Village

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.5 stars
Content Quality: 4.5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.5 stars
Reviewed: Jul 31, 2012 by Business Editorial Board
Overview: The purpose of this presentation is to describe world demographics by equating the global population to a village of 100 people. This video was first published in 1990 with the latest update in 2010. This humbling video is a reminder of the startling social inequalities in our world. Global Village is based on a simple yet profound premise: if we could reduce the world’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all existing human ratios remaining the same, what would it look like? Sizing down the world population to 100 people is brilliant and the numbers are more manageable than thousands and millions. The website, Mindgate Media, provides a summary, learning objectives, discussion questions, and other related media.Instructors are required to sign up for a free account in order to access additional teaching materials. This video can be used for F2F and online class discussions, homework assignments, web quests, team projects about world populations and how organizations can help address the growing inequities between the haves and have-nots in the world. It can also be used as a walk-in visual backdrop as students gather for class, workshop, or as a thought-provoker during breaks. The presentation has multiple uses because it is short in duration and powerful in impact.
Learning Goals: Students will begin to develop their understanding of a global village and that unequal distribution of basic resources around the world impact the basic needs of individuals. They will gain insight into the huge gap between the privileged and the underprivileged.
Target Student Population: Ideal for undergraduates and high school students
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Basic computer skills and access to the Internet
Type of Material: Presentation
Recommended Uses: The presentation can be used to facilitate a class discussion (online or F2F) about the enormous problems people face daily in developing countries as well as in the United States. It can be used to stimulate specific research projects. For example students can form teams to identify and research specific non-profit organizations, NGO’s, or government agencies actively working to solve global village issues such as HIV, hunger, disease etc. This can involve studying an organization websites and connecting directly with their representative to ask questions, collaborate, and explore how to access information to better understand the areas of critical global concern. The video can be used to help students become more global minded by having them select a country to do an internet and/or book based research project and then present to the class. It also can be used to reinforce other disciplines such as using the statistics and making a math connection working with percentages and fractions (i.e. 32 of the 100 villagers are 32 percent of the villagers or 32 percent of the world’s population).
Technical Requirements: Internet Explorer, Firefox browers. Flash player.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: • The video is visually stimulating for students and can be very effective by reinforcing learning about the world – locally and globally. • It has many applications for F2F or online classrooms and a great tool to stimulate students to ask questions about the content and to be more specific and engaged in classroom discussion. • It exposes students to the real world and constructs a mental representation of the issues and engages learners in reasoning, thinking and solving problems. • Provides of global population, poverty, and make-up of global population
Concerns: • Had very little introduction to presentation • All visual, had no audio other than music and graphics depicting the global village demographics.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: • Was a an formative history of our global village • Provides considerable depth of explanation and supporting details on the demographics of the world population • This video encompasses many options for developing instructional activities. • It is conducive to being integrated into an existing curriculum and allow an instructor to develop quality learning assignments, group discussions, and class projects.
Concerns: • Did not find an indication of what perquisite knowledge would be required for this presentation • Did not clearly define learning to be accomplished, has a lot of information, a summary of learning would be beneficial • Session last for 4.01 minutes

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: • Website was easy to connect to and easy to maneuver on the page • Webpage was easy to understand how to view the film clip presentation and hear • Students and teachers will enjoy exploring the various sections as it is clearly laid out and organized. • The layout and color features are attractive and inviting to the user. • The video is clear and does not require any downloading. • To access free supporting teaching materials requires opening an account and becoming a member. This is free, quick and easy to do. • It also includes an email comment and question section for those who may have comments, suggestions, questions, and curriculum ideas
Concerns: • Needed to be more explanation as to how the presentations would or could be applied to an academic setting • Introduction to site needs to better explain and define the purported topical areas. Only introduction was integrated into the learning outcome section.

Other Issues and Comments: A short video clip that addresses the idea if the world were a village of just 100 people, what would those people be like? This short video provides startling statistics on global demographics and development. Lasted only 4:01 minutes needed to be longer to be more informative.