We live in a very interesting and highly diverse culture. The more we
know about that culture, the better prepared we will be to effectively
interact with our students. Although there are many ways to learn about
our culture and how it has evolved (a continuing process), one very
important way is through the plethora of movies produced and distributed
Popular movies play an important role in our culture. They convey
information that influences both what and how we think. Almost everyone
has been influenced (in either a positive or negative way) by what they
have seen in movies. Movies in video format (DVD and VHS) are readily
available almost everywhere and can be rented or purchased at very
reasonable prices. A partial list of popular movies (with links to
information about each movie) that Dr. Pendleton has found to be of
particular interest is posted on his personal web site. Follow this link
to see the list of Movies.
PREPARATION OF THE FA6 MOVIE REPORT
Please select and view any popular movie you think might be
worthwhile for students in a class you teach (and/or professional
colleagues) to see. Write a brief report on that movie. Indicate the
title of the movie, the year it was first released and a short synopsis
of what the movie is about. Then indicate why, or why not, you believe
the movie was worthwhile and mention specific points relating to ethical
and/or cultural issues addressed in the movie that could be discussed
with students and/or colleagues.
There is no example for FA6, just follow the directions in the paragraph above, and comply with the Required E-MAIL Standards. Please focus on what you believe to be of most value and endeavor to express that both clearly and concisely.
PLEASE NOTE: The "movies" we are talking about here are not the
type of "how to" movies that technical instructors frequently use as
part of their instruction, but rather "popular" movies that have the
potential to cause viewers to reflect about values associated with
learning and/or teaching.
CAUTION: Do not show, or even recommend, any movies to students in
classes you teach that include content that could be considered
"inappropriate" for those students! In most cases movies that contain
explicitly sexual or highly violent content are considered to be
"inappropriate!" If you have any doubt about anything you are
considering using in class, check with your immediate supervisor first!
This assignment should be completed and e-mailed to the ECTS 501
course instructor ASAP. The instructor will notify each scholar by
return e-mail either that all criteria have been met or, if anything
further needs to be done, what the scholar must do to earn full credit.