This post is to review an Interactive Learning Resource, Chinese Tea and Chinese Culture by Qianyun Zhang, Yue Hou, Boyin Feng, and Xue Wang from Edci 335 class. https://group8chinesetea.wordpress.com/
First, I wanted to say that this interactive learning resource is very well done. When I first opened the Word Press, I was amazed by the design and style of the site. The site was very simple and unique. Everything was well organized, I can easily find the resource content by the title bar. Word press was a new learning technology for me, I have only used during our Edci 335 class. However, I started to fall in love with Word Press because it was very simple and easy to use. The directions are easy to follow and there are many customize theme to choose. Also, Word press are very simple for readers to use. I think the group have chosen a great technology to post their resource.
Secondly, the introduction and sub-topics of the learning resource are very well organized. The learning outcomes are listed by bullets on the main page. The main topic and outcomes are clearly stated. I can catch the main idea quickly.
I have noticed there are many photos and videos in the post. When I click the sub-topic 1, there are three videos directly related to the history topic of Chinese tea as well as three linked articles. Also there are activities such as multiple choice questions, discussions and quizzes following each sub-topics. I think they are really helpful for leaners to test themselves with the course materials. The sub-topic 1 and 2 of the post have included many interactive resources. As a learner myself, I can easily follow the instructions and read through all the materials. The videos are really interesting also easy to understand.
One little thing I wanted to suggest is to add more interactive resource on sub-topic 3 and 4. When I clicked on the Sub-topic 3 and 4, I have noticed the content are mainly writings. There were no photos or videos in these two topics. Because the content is about the culture and functions of Chinese tea, I suggest to add few photos or videos to explain the topic. This could give learners a better understanding of Chinese tea. I was hoping for more photo explanations for the growing status of the tea. Also on the topic 4 I would recommend to add a link to the article of the activities so that I can find the article easily.
I think this Interactive Learning Resource have a well organized content with clear outcome and sub topics. The resource was interactive with videos, photos and small activities. There are only some small errors with grammar and spelling (I might be wrong because English is not my first language) The content overall are very easy to follow. The resource are well presented. After I read through the Interactive Learning Resource I have more knowledge about Chinese tea. I can’t wait to know more in the future. I think the group have done a great job.