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Instructor 8 150 150 leesindet

Instructor 8

I am a fan of Revealing Archaeology. It provides an engaging and thoughtful introduction to the field and most importantly, gives students “hands on” experiences that have been difficult to incorporate into my introduction to archaeology course before.

To be honest, I’ve been skeptical about using software as a teaching aid; I liked the course I taught, the book I used, and the exercises I’d developed in the past 10 years of teaching. I didn’t think the available software introduced students to the range of challenges we encounter in archaeology and, given the added expense and hassle, I’ve relied on traditional aids–a textbook, films, handouts.

Well, after one term of using Revealing Archaeology, I see that this software does what a textbook-based course simply cannot do. The method and theory of archaeology is introduced in a series of chapter-like modules, illustrated with stunning photographs and line drawings from around the world and a variety of archaeological projects. This is impressive, but in format not materially different from what students could learn from a textbook. What is distinctive about the software (and the student’s learning experience) are the clever, well-designed exercises, simulations of activities that students carry out as they work through the modules. Using the mouse and keyboard, students actually seriate a set of ceramics assemblages, correlate stratigraphic beds across a valley, figure out which items make good index fossils, negotiate a land-use agreement, excavate a multi-component site, and graph results of an analysis. And these are just a few examples. Students get as close to doing archaeology as possible without actually getting in the field or taking a lab class.

In short, I strongly recommend Revealing Archaeology for use in introduction to principles (method and theory) in archaeology. It was a joy to teach from and I’m absolutely convinced that students have a deeper, richer understanding about how archaeology “works” than they obtained from the text-based approach I’ve used in previous years.

Virginia L. Butler
Professor of Anthropology
Portland State University


 

Instructor 7 150 150 leesindet

Instructor 7

Revealing Criminology provides an engaging and informative platform in the study of criminology. More importantly, it assists students in understanding and linking criminological theory with real-life examples. Now that I am using Revealing Criminology, I always seem to hear students sharing their personal perspectives based on examples in the Revealing Criminology program. The engaging format of the material makes this program an excellent alternative to traditional texts.

Gregory Broberg
Arizona State University


 

Instructor 6 150 150 leesindet

Instructor 6

Revealing Archaeology is the most effective text I have used in more than ten years of teaching introductory archaeology classes.

Attractive, witty, and simple to use, Revealing Archaeology seamlessly blends perspectives and examples from the Old and New Worlds and from historic and prehistoric contexts. Using simulated survey, excavation and analysis sections, it effectively engages students in the technical aspects of fieldwork. I was especially impressed by how Revealing Archaeology moves the student from the discovery phase of research, through the mechanics of sampling, analysis, and quantification to the ethical and interpretive issues of contemporary archaeology.

Not having much experience using multimedia or internet-based learning technologies, I approached Revealing Archaeology with no small amount of anxiety. However, the Thinking Strings staff and technical support were always helpful in smoothing over the inevitable rough patches at the beginning and throughout the semester. There was not one single problem my students encountered that Thinking Strings was unable to solve promptly and effectively.

A remarkable thing has occurred in the last two semesters. The course average has gone from 65% to 75% and then to 85% this semester. It is not that my tests are getting any easier, nor likely that the students are getting smarter. The only variable that has changed is Revealing Archaeology. You have an outstanding product, quite possibly the best thing to hit archaeology education in colleges for decades. And, if anybody asks, you may tell them I said so.

John J. Shea
Professor of Anthropology
Stony Brook University


 

Instructor 5 150 150 leesindet

Instructor 5

We are very pleased with Revealing® the Hebrew Bible and I will definitely be using it again. I’m excited to have finally found a text I enjoy using for my Old Testament class!

Melody Maxwell
Assistant Professor
Howard Payne University


 

Instructor 4 150 150 leesindet

Instructor 4

I am SO loving this text! Thanks for all the hard work. All is going very well, indeed, and all the feedback I get from students on the text is positive. The fact that this system builds in accountability has improved student performance. My grades are definitely up since initiating the use of the text.

Molli E. Vassar
Instructor
Pennsylvania State University-Fayette


 

Instructor 3 150 150 leesindet

Instructor 3

Why isn’t there Thinking Strings courseware for every course I teach?

Susan Hill
Professor of Religion
Northern Iowa University


 

Instructor 2 150 150 leesindet

Instructor 2

Students do their work on time! No surprise, they learn more and their grades are higher.

Gregory Pasquarello
Instructor of Philosophy
Northampton Community College


 

Instructor 2 150 150 leesindet

Instructor 2

Instructor 1 150 150 leesindet

Instructor 1

Finally, I know that my students are reading the text and enjoying it!

E. Keith Ewing
Florida Southern College


 

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