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The future of irrigated agriculture: where is the water

by Juliet Christian-Smith , David Zoldoske


Overall Numeric Rating:

4 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Jul 14, 2014 by Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Editorial Board
Overview: This presentations consists of lectures presented at a session of the California Colloquium on Water on February, 2010. Specifically, issues related to agricultural water usage in California were discussed.
Type of Material: This is an MP4 recording of a lecture session.
Recommended Uses: This would be good material for students interested in gaining an introductory background in water quality and quantity issues.
Technical Requirements: An appropriate web browser for viewing a YouTube video is needed.
Identify Major Learning Goals: No specific learning goals were presented. Instead, their was a general goal of examining the issues relating to agricultural water usage in California in the future as the state population grows and limited water resources diminish.
Target Student Population: I would target this at high school seniors and entry level college students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The video does a good job exploring diverging viewpoints associated with water usage, and the need for further research and policy development.
Concerns: Specific learning goals would be helpful.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: This is an excellent introduction to the topic.
Concerns: The video is not appropriate for more advanced viewers.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: No problems were found. It is very easy to use.
Concerns: None

Other Issues and Comments: A 1.5 hour video of a little long for many audiences.