This site is a tutorial developed for a specific introductory Zoology or Introductory Biology course, probably taught by the author. Many topics covered in a typical zoology course can be supplemented using this web tutorial, including: mitosis, basic tissue types, characteristics of phyla, detailed characteristics of phyla containing worms, and identification of blood cells. The images are high quality and the author provides a basic quiz for self-assessment at the end of each unit, which gives feedback as selections are made. The author provides no overall objectives or information other than the characteristics for each specific topic.
Target Student Population:
Type of Material:
Evaluation and Observation
Quality of Content: (3)(3) = 3
While the general content is of average quality, the images and animations are of extremely high quality.
The type of material and the descriptions match that of the typical zoology course.
Quiz offers immediate feedback.
There are a few errors, e.g. the Cell Cycle is actually mitosis.
Limited in scope.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool: (3)(3) = 3
Basic resource - materials easily found in a textbook but perhaps more interesting as a web page.
Could be integrated into most Introductory Zoology courses
Lacks problem solving or inquiry of any kind. Approach is very content oriented with identification being the goal of any page or quiz.
Interactivity is limited to page turning and a basic quiz
The quizzes are fairly straightforward but not rigorous. Quizzes can be answered by looking at the name of the answer pages - correct answers are always identified in the titles.
Should help students review basic identifications of structures or organisms
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Usability: (3)(5) = 4
The tutorial is generally simple and straightforward to use it requires no special directions.
The user can get lost and cannot easily return to other pages without resorting to the back button.
There is no way out of quizzes till the end (other than back button)
Some screens are too dark to read
Downloads an 8Mb Quicktime movie without warning
Features of Excellence:
Quality images a
Author's approach and information is very generic so others could adopt the site without a lot of effort for any lower level biology/zoology courses covering the same topics.
Could benefit from the ability to hide labels or quiz mode to help students identify structures.