(From a focus group with students from William Patterson University and Bergen Community College.)
"I feel the software helps me understand what I'm learning. I get a better understanding when they have the discussion with the people on the video. I feel like I am part of the discussion which helps me learn a lot."
"You have a 'hands on' interaction. It helps you understand and learn more."
"It is very interactive. It puts you in the situation making it easier to understand and relate."
"Shows the reality - how difficult it is to make decisions at times and shows the different individual's points of view and explains how they feel and relates that to society."
"It was 'hands on.' So you understand things better, you are almost forced to be a part of it. You have to make decisions."
"It was a better way to learn - entertaining; you want to see what's going to happen."
"When you make a decision, it makes you want to learn more - to go back and see what happens if you made a different decision."
"Interactive -- the viewer can be different personalities."
"Use in class instead of PowerPoint and get a few [Reel Society] CDs to cover different issues and to work with whatever chapter you are on."
"This could be our homework instead of making us go online and do the discussions or assignments that don't really make sense."
"I just learned most of the midterm in five minutes!"
"We can read this at home and discuss in class what we saw in the movie."
"You need the textbook with it, but maybe a smaller textbook."
"It is great for online class since we don't 'see' the teacher. It would be a good way to interact."
"Definitions/Summary was helpful to have interspersed with the video. I didn't mind reading the screen."