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Peer Review

Evolution Primer



Overall Numeric Rating:

4.25 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 4.75 stars
Reviewed: Mar 07, 2013 by Biology Editorial Board
Overview: This is a YouTube video excerpt from a PBS documentary, presented as a "Primer".
Type of Material: You Tube video clip
Recommended Uses: As an assignment or an in-class presentation.
Technical Requirements: Web browser that can view YouTube videos.
Identify Major Learning Goals: None stated
Target Student Population: High school or early undergraduate
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
  • The video is well made (production qualities)
  • The information is accurate and experts are interviewed, adding more to the credibility of the information
  • The captioning is horribly incorrect, to the point where a deaf viewer would not be getting the same information as a hearing viewer (e.g. "Darwin's influence..." becomes in the captions "Darwin in France..."
  • A little basic and dry narrative, but that may be necessary for some students.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
  • The video is good for people not very familiar with science, as it is narrated in simple language and is very persuasive
  • The video addresses a common misconception among people not trained in science, so it potentially a very effective resource
  • The captions would render the information in the video unintelligible and therefore not very effective
  • Would probably not be very effective with a student who believes in intelligent design or creationism. No assignments or thought provoking questions to accompany the activity.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.75 stars
  • The video is easily viewable with any web browser and an internet connection
  • Easy to load. No navigation necessary.
  • There may be some issues with viewing YouTube on iPads, iPods and iPhones, which do not support Flash

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