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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Microbiology Education Resources

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Dec 06, 2001 by Health Sciences
Overview: This is a comprehensive resource site maintained by the American Society for Microbiology. It contains visual resources (approximately 700 images of microbes), as well as curriculum resources, and education reviews and resources. Each resource entry is subjected to a peer-review process before it is added to the site.
Learning Goals: The goal of this website is to provide the microbiology educator with access to high quality, peer-reviewed materials that can be incorporated into classroom or laboratory learning activities.
Target Student Population: The target student population is undergraduate students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: These materials are designed primarily for use by educators. For students to get maximum benefit from the website, these materials would need to be incorporated into learning assignments structured by the faculty.
Type of Material: It is an extensive collection of reference materials
Technical Requirements: There are no special technical requirements needed for this material. The visual images load fairly rapidly and can be enlarged for better visualization and color.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: All materials are peer-reviewed and referenced. The site serves as a clearing house of learning materials for use in undergraduate microbiology classes.
Site is up-to-date.
Concerns: No areas of concern.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: An instructor of microbiology will find this collection most useful in designing learning activities for classroom and laboratory use. The visual resources are powerful.
Concerns: No areas of concern

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The site is well-designed and easy to navigate. The search feature was easy to use with drop-down menus to facilitate search selections.
Concerns: No areas of concern