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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Western Civilization II

by McGraw-Hill Learning Solutions
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4 stars
Content Quality: 3.75 stars
Effectiveness: 3.75 stars
Ease of Use: 4.5 stars
Reviewed: Mar 31, 2013 by History Editorial Board
Overview: This is an overview for the online Western Civilization II course by McGraw Hill. The materials include a course introduction, sample syllabus and complete course module for the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte. The course excerpt on Napoleon Bonaparte includes a multi-part lecture, review, suggested discussion questions, and possible assignments.
Learning Goals: Understanding the dynamics of political leadership. Understanding a slice of Western Civilization form 1650- c 1950. Major concentration on early 19th Century French History
Target Student Population: Undergraduate for General Studies
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Some computer skills
Type of Material: Online course
Recommended Uses: Lecture support for Western Civilization course
Technical Requirements: Not only did it identify the best browser, it indicated that the program would not work in Safari, unless Firefox 1.5 is installed. It even provided viewers to Microsoft Office for those who either did not have MS applications or did not have the latest version of MS Office. Understanding the dynamics of political leadership. Understanding a slice of Western Civilization form 1650- c 1950 Major concentration on early 19th Century French History

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3.75 stars
Strengths: Testing and review material are both interactive and creative. Includes self-check questions at the end of each section. Includes suggestions for discussion and follow-up assignments.
Concerns: Material and web links are dated and have not been updated. Material is occasionally disjointed and does not always flow from one slide to the next. Text material does not always match audio material.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3.75 stars
Strengths: Identifies the factors leading to the rise and success of the early empire. Identifies the factors leading to the ultimate fall of Napoleon
Concerns: Does not cover all the material. Significant omissions of American and Russian contributions.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: Reinforcing review section
Concerns: None

Other Issues and Comments: Best used to support other course material and not as a stand-alone unit.