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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Personality Pedagogy website

by Marianne Miserandino
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.25 stars
Content Quality: 4.5 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: May 20, 2013 by Psychology
Overview: The goal of the Personality Pedagogy website is to establish an online community of teachers and scholars who provide resources for the teaching of personality psychology. This is a collection of materials with a smorgasbord of resources including quality linkages to exercises and assignments, quizzes, audio-visual materials, discussions, PowerPoint slides, as well as numerous other activities. It is maintained by Dr. Marianne Miserandino, and its development was sponsored by a grant from the Association for Psychological Science (APS) Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science. The site’s array of exceptional learning materials is such that any instructor would find something of value for their classes.
Learning Goals: The purpose of the site is to provide resources that promote the teaching of personality psychology. However, the site also enables interested students to easily browse resources on a variety of psychological theories. Learning goals include the following. • Students will learn how to navigate internet sites that focus on differing topics within personality psychology (ranging from beginning topics in personality psychology to advanced research concepts). • Students will learn basic to advanced information about personality psychology. • Students will explore historical sites of information as well as current and up-to-date sites for more contemporary forms of personality psychology.
Target Student Population: The materials would be appropriate for undergraduate students at all levels. The site also would be helpful for graduate students who are preparing for an academic career in personality psychology.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: No prior knowledge is necessary if the website is used with instructor guidance (i.e., as a course supplement). Without instructor input, it would be helpful for students to have some basic foundation in psychology (i.e., a working knowledge of basic psychological principles). Students also should have basic computer knowledge and Internet navigation skills.
Type of Material: Collection (instructional materials including literary resources, learning activities, lecture slides, multimedia resources, and professional resources)
Recommended Uses: Instructors may use materials for in-class lectures and out-of-class activities (including readings and interactive resources). Options include: • Homework assignments • Exam preparation/development in personality psychology • Support and inspiration for lecture presentations. • Case study information for small group work.
Technical Requirements: • Requires an internet connection and disk space for downloadable materials (dependent on the materials desired) • Accessed using Google Chrome Browser and Internet Explorer; easiest to use on a desktop computer • Other technical requirements include Java, Adobe and various plug-ins due to the nature of the links. • High speed internet is recommended for videos and audio components.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: • The main website explains the mission of the site. • The collection covers a very broad and diverse range of material in psychological theory. • The content is clear and differentiates among all of the categories of material concerning personality psychology. • The content is designed for a variety of learners. It incorporates both audio and visual dimensions, text, recordings, pictures, and interactive activities.
Concerns: • Though the site is entitled "Personality Pedagogy," it appears to link to resources across many sub-disciplines of psychology and not only personality theory. The front page is somewhat crowded with information; cleaner or reduced presentation would help show the user only what he/she requests. • Links are generally summarized clearly and concisely, but may not provide as much detail as some users need. • Maintaining a set of links can be challenging as content on other webpages changes rapidly and without notice; thus it is easy for information to become out of date or links to become broken. • Without instructor guidance, students would not likely get as much utility out of the site (because it provides so much information).

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: • Activities are organized clearly with a short summary. Materials are sorted by various criteria, which enables an instructor to quickly locate materials that would be helpful in class preparation. • Students could easily gain a basic understanding of both psychological and personality psychology principles. • Students can be introduced to a variety of online resources and how to navigate them. • The site is a good introductory tool for beginners in psychology and also can lead to advanced research for more seasoned students.
Concerns: • The site does not appear to be designed with the intent of being instructive independently; many materials are presented without any instructional sequence. A student would simply need to decide on a topic of interest and browse the site for related materials; the site does not guide the user from one topic to the next

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: • The left menu bar makes it easy for the user to locate desired types of materials or to locate specific topic areas. Materials are presented in a readable and easily navigated list. • The site is visually appealing, offering audio, video and interactive activities.
Concerns: • The front page is somewhat cluttered and can overwhelm the user with information that may not be of interest. The left menu and home-page menu are redundant; the home-page menu could probably be eliminated. • Those with limited computer experience may have difficulty navigating all the different sites. • Those with limited visual or auditory learning abilities may have difficulty in navigating the sites.

Other Issues and Comments: • This is an excellent resource and provides a wealth of information, perhaps more than the user would expect from a site devoted to personality psychology. Instructors will find access to a variety of materials including lecture slides, activities, and multimedia resources. Students can find more information on a variety of topics of interest as well as locations where certain types of research are ongoing. • This website was packed full of helpful information for me as a professor and as a researcher. I can use it to make assignments, enhance my lectures, and add new activities when I create courses or programs.