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Peer Review

British Museum: Ancient China



Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Mar 31, 2014 by History Editorial Board
Overview: This multimedia presentation offers users information about Ancient China, drawing on the collections of the British Museum. The tool offers an overview of the history, geography, material culture, and writing systems of Ancient China, through brief texts, interactive maps, animations, and quick tests.
Learning Goals: TUsers can independently learn baseline information about Ancient China, as well as practice their skills in the observation and analysis material objects and visual materials. Through In particular, students will learn information about Ancient China’s historical timeline, geography, material culture, and writing.
Target Student Population: Middle school, high school.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None
Type of Material: Presentation with interactive components
Recommended Uses: The tool can best be used for students to independently explore baseline information about Ancient China, to complement classroom instruction.
Technical Requirements: The most recent flash player is required.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This learning tool offers very clear and useful information about Ancient China. It helpfully breaks the topic down into five general rubrics, and between these rubrics there is a consistent emphasis on background information, a deeper exploration of particular objects, maps, or visual materials, and an interactive component that tests the knowledge gained.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This tutorial is effective in showing students basic information about Ancient China in an easily accessible and time-effective way. It offers a helpful glossary and timelines. Interactive components in each section test students’ acquired knowledge. The interaction with objects and visual materials will help students in gaining skills in observation, description, and analysis.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The website’s layout is clear, appealing, and easy to navigate. The animations are engaging and attractive, and the interactive maps are easy to use and read as well. The navigation back and forth between the different pages is easy, and the instructions to the interactive components help users to quickly identify how to use them.