The authors developed this site to help students study for lab practicals in introductory zoology. The authors suggest that the site can provide a useful resource for anyone enrolled in a one-semester, college or secondary school course in zoology or a "virtual laboratory" experience for those who do not have access to laboratory specimens. The site provides annotated and labeled illustrations of dissected specimens and slides typically viewed in introductory zoology courses.
Target Student Population:
Type of Material:
Evaluation and Observation
Quality of Content: (4.7)(5) = 4.85
The material was accurate and extensive
Photo quality is excellent
The type of material and the descriptions match that of the typical zoology course quite well.
The specimens are clear and well labeled
Interactivity is limited to page turning and selecting views. There is no interactive test mode or ability to hide labels.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool: (4.5)(5) = 4.75
Basic but high quality resource
Could be integrated into any Introductory Zoology Course
Provides an excellent review for lab practicals
Lacks problem solving, quizzes or a thematic approach (for example: evolutionary trends or explicit comparisons among phyla or stems approach)
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Usability: (5)(5) = 5
All controls work well and simply
The user cannot get lost and can easily find what s/he needs
Table of Contents provides user with a guide
Features of Excellence:
Quality images and materials
Descriptions, annotations are to the point and leave room for an instructor to adjust to personal teaching style.
Probably an appropriate resource for any introductory zoology course.
Table of Contents makes it very easy for a faculty member to assign specific parts.