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Peer Review

Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals

by Eli Moody


Overall Numeric Rating:

4.75 stars
Content Quality: 4.75 stars
Effectiveness: 4.75 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Feb 08, 2009 by Library and Information Services
Overview: This short animated video clearly describes the distinction between popular and scholarly periodicals. Clever illustrations and clear examples are provided. Run time is just over 3 minutes.
Type of Material: Presentation & animation
Recommended Uses: This short video could be use in-class to support a lecture or assigned before class so that students will already have a background understanding of the concept.
Technical Requirements: An internet browser, Adobe Flash Player, and audio speakers are required to view the resource.
Identify Major Learning Goals: The learner will be able to differentiate between popular and scholarly periodicals.
Target Student Population: The video is targeted at university students. However, high school students could also benefit.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: No pre-requisite skills required

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: This resource is of excellent quality in terms of clarity and relevancy. The content is accurate and explained well in terms that students will easily understand. It makes few assumptions of prior knowledge, uses clean, simple language and visuals images.
Concerns: Although the creator provides his email address, references or links to further information on the topic may be of use to students with further interest in the topic.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: The video format allows students to learn a lot about the concept of evaluating periodicals in a very short time. It would be very easy to write a lecture or assignment around the concepts discussed in the presentation. This tutorial speaks to visual, textual, and auditory learners. Concepts are introduced simply and progressively, and examples of what popular and peer reviewed periodical articles look like are provided. A key strength of this tutorial is that it only lasts about three minutes and is fully able to provide its learning objects in this time frame.
Concerns: Providing some form of learning assessment (internal quizzes or questions) may help make this resource even better.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This resource is very visually appealing, engaging, and of a high design quality. All that is required is to access the tutorial and listen. Buttons are provided for play, pause, and stop. A slide bar allows for rewind and fast forward.
Concerns: This tutorial requires a fast internet connection,true of most animations.

Other Issues and Comments: At the conclusion of the video, the student is reminded that if they have any doubts about what resources to use, they should contact their instructor. Including this caveat in the presentation will hopefully help students who encounter problems practicing the evaluation criteria mentioned and to feel empowered to asking questions in the future.