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Sociology Virtual Exploration

Sociology Virtual Exploration

These eighteen Virtual Explorations introduce students to a variety of different types of resources for doing sociology on the world wide web. Students access various types of information and input their responses into an online form, which may be submitted electronically to their instructor. While I originally posted my first virtual explorations at my own website using a server-side cgi-script, ISP security protocols prevented some of the emailed responses from going through. I now maintain eighteen virtual explorations, periodically updated, at the Wadsworth Publishing site.


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Mandy Hertel
Mandy Hertel (Faculty)
1 year ago
Wadsworth Cengage Learning virtual explorations provide great interactive activities to help students connect what they are learning in the classroom to other resources via the web. The content page is easy to use and each module is set up in the same format for continuity and ease of use. Students are required to visit various resources, learn about different issues from a sociological stand point, and complete questions related to each resource as they work through the virtual tour. The interactive process keeps the student engaged and completion of the activities requires higher level thinking to solidify concept learning. This is a great tool that can be integrated into one or all chapters taught in an introductory course. I do recommend review of all content per page before use in the classroom. Some activities are better than others and in order to submit the tour via email the student must complete all activities and questions in one sitting. The nice thing about his website is that you can use portions of a module and adapt it to create smaller activities that can be integrated into a LMS or traditional hard copy submission assignment.
Time spent reviewing site: 30 min
michael miller
michael miller (Faculty)
11 years ago

This provides an excellent series of modules for introducing beginning sociology students to the research relevance of the WWW.  Has several major learning activities per module that ask students to answer questions about sociologically relevant issues by going to given websites.  Very useful as a supplement to intro sociology text.

Technical Remarks:

Works well re hypertext links except for last two modules.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes