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Becoming Human

Rating: 4 stars
Used in Course: Used in course
Submitted by: Mary Russell (Faculty), Oct 31, 2004
Comment: I am a college instructor learning about online pedagogy and spent several hours
this past week reviewing the materials at this site. Published in 2001, this
site appears to have been last updated in May 2003. The quality of the content
is excellent. There are many resources for learning available at this site and
with some guidance from the instructor, students' learning should most certainly
be enhanced. Overall, the materials are easy to use, particularly the "Related
Exhibits" that accompany four of the documentary segments. The interactive
components and "exhibits" for each subject area are subdivided and presented in
a way that facilitates the user's understanding of the major ideas and concepts.
Also helpful is the online glossary ("Resources"), the Hominid Profiles pop-up
screens, and links to "Related Resources" (books, articles, and Web sites).

Technical Remarks:

First time users might benefit from an instructor's overview of the site before
they access it themselves, although orientation to the site takes only 10-20
minutes. Unfortunately, I did have technical difficulties at this site: I was
never able to watch/hear all of the taped segments. I was able to watch one
segment of the documentary and then parts of other segments; likewise, I was not
able to hear all or part of the audio segments.