Evaluation of Online Instruction

The online instructional video that I viewed was about primary and secondary sources. I found this video on the Merlot website and it was created by Jen Klaudinyi. The audience for this tutorial is high school students and first year freshman. This is not explicitly stated but the video begins asking if you’ve had an assignment that asks for primary and secondary sources, inferring the audience is students. A lot of high school students as well as first year college students will begin to have assignments that ask for both primary and secondary sources and may not know or understand what the difference is. This video breaks down the difference between the two and gives great examples that students can relate to.

The goal for the tutorial is to learn the difference between primary and secondary sources and learn the characteristics of both. The objective is that the viewer will be able to know how and when to use both types of resources. The goals and objectives are stated at the beginning of the video and are appropriate for the target audience.

The tutorial is very easy to navigate with buttons at the bottom that allow you to move forward and backward through the video. It is also structured and organized clearly and uses real life situations that help explain the topic. Both visual and audio is used which accommodate visual and aural learners. The tutorial also has buttons that you click on to move forward within the video. There is also buttons to click to reveal information, quizzes and an exercise that incorporates active learning into the video. There are some elements of cognitive learning theory because active learning is a main component of this tutorial.

Towards the end of the video there is a matching quiz that gives immediate feedback to the learner. This shows what viewers have learned from the tutorial and that the video is successful in reaching its goals and objectives. The video followed good visual principles. The slides were not cluttered with information and only provided the important information. The text was easy to see, however contrast of background colors and text could have been used more to make the text stand out. The tutorial did utilize alignment of text and pictures to group information together.

The tutorial was successful in achieving its objectives. The information was displayed in an appropriate manner for the target audience and utilized active learning to have viewers participate in the tutorial as well as learn more about the topic.

Klaudinyi, J. (2010). Primary and secondary sources . Retrieved from http://www.wou.edu/provost/library/clip/tutorials/prim_sec.htm


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