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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Fish on Line

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jun 25, 2002 by Biology Editorial Board
Overview: This site is a tutorial developed for a specific upper division Ichthyology course taught by the authors. It uses FishBase, a large database containing data searchable by common and scientific name, family, locale, and a wide variety of topics. Among the various data that can be accessed are - distributions, catch data, biodiversity maps, recruitment and characteristics of species including such items as swimming speed, identifying keys, and larval types. The breath of topics and data types is too broad to list in this description. Fish may be studied at the species, family or guild level. There are five lessons covering Evolution and classification; Morphology and biodiversity; Reproduction; Physiology; and Fishes as part of ecosystems. Each includes a brief description of various sub-topics and specific exercises, requiring students to use the database to analyze characteristics such as tropic level and other functional relationships.
Target Student Population: Advanced undergraduate or Graduate
Type of Material: Database/Tutorial
Technical Requirements: HTML - Cold Fusion

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Quality of Content: (5)(5) = 5

Features of Excellence:


  • Extensive Database
  • Broad range of information
  • Excellent quality images, maps, and other materials
  • Lessons could also be used as units in Ecology

Concerns:

  • The text could benefit from embedded images, maps, and photos.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool: (5)(5) = 5

Features of Excellence:


  • Can be effective in teaching a wide range of topics in Ichthyology
  • Could be used as a research tool for a variety of projects
  • The tutorial is simple and straight forward
  • Provides exercises that require students to synthesize and analyze.
  • Can be used to explore a wide variety of problems

Concerns:

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Usability: (5)(5) = 5

Features of Excellence:


  • Easy to navigate
  • Easy to use
  • Simple and straightforward

Concerns: