Sociological Cinema Wins MERLOT Award

MERLOTawardCongratulations to Paul Dean, Lester Andrist, and Valerie Chepp, recipients of the 2012 MERLOT Sociology Classics Award, for their work on the Sociological Cinema!


The Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) Award for Exemplary Online Learning Resources “recognizes and promotes outstanding peer reviewed online resources designed to enhance teaching and learning. The award is granted to honor the authors and developers of these resources for their contributions to the academic community.” The editor of the MERLOT Sociology Editorial Board said: “this site is comprised of a rich and growing aggregate of online video clips for which discussion is provided relative to both sociological application and classroom use. The site filters through the enormous amount of online video to bring instant access to a host of sociologically-relevant video resources. This should significantly enhance concept relevance, enabling users to simplify, deepen discussion, and promote understanding of key ideas. The collection draws from diverse genres, including segments from popular movies, documentaries, television programs, commercials, etc. The creators are to be commended for making this valuable resource available for sociology instructors.”

 Les and Valerie, both advanced PhD students, accepted the award in July, 2012 at the MERLOT/Sloan-C Emerging Technologies Conference in Las Vegas.