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Peer Review

WISC-Online: Religion

by Therese Nemec


Overall Numeric Rating:

4.25 stars
Content Quality: 3.75 stars
Effectiveness: 3.75 stars
Ease of Use: 4.25 starsstar
Reviewed: Mar 31, 2014 by History Editorial Board
Overview: This Web site contains a series of lesson plans on world religions and the concept of religious freedom in the United States.
Type of Material: Learning object repository
Recommended Uses: Homework, test preparation
Technical Requirements: Adobe flash
Identify Major Learning Goals: There seem to be three learning goals: 1. Understand the concept of religion and how to understand the concepts. 2. Evaluate the concept of religious freedom by looking at specific supreme court cases. 3. Study world religions.
Target Student Population: entry-level college courses, high school
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Computer skills, some knowledge of religion in order to complete the quiz activities

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3.75 stars
Strengths: The learning objects related to court cases would help students consider the Supreme Court’s interpretations of the First Amendment and their rulings. These learning objects demonstrate the multiple perspectives and level of interpretation (broad, narrow, literal) in an interactive format.
Concerns: As a historian reviewing this collection, the learning objects on different religions—such as Christianity—seem too broad and general to be helpful for college-level students. These modules, however, would probably help high school students prepare for a test. Also, aside from the Theoretical Analysis of Religion, it is difficult to tell if some of these learning objects are informed by recent scholarship.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3.75 stars
Strengths: These learning objects provide a good tool for assessment and would help students study for exams.
Concerns: There is not enough context provided by most of the modules to make these learning objects a stand-alone assignment. Also, the learning objects are not really connected explicitly, but that might be the nature of the repository.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths: Engaging and interactive learning objects.
Concerns: Again, some of the lesson plans are not well-explained.