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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands

by R. Bowen
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Aug 12, 2003 by Health Sciences
Overview: This is part of a much larger site on the pathophysiology of the endocrine
system, again part of Biomedical Hypertexts. It is organized on multi levels
from core to advanced to supplemental topics. This website is comprehensive and
authoritative. There are visual aids and multiple links that provide additional
resource materials. It uses excellent analogies for learning.
Learning Goals: This hypertextbook is an educational experiment designed to assess the value of
web-based information sources as a supplement to classroom teaching and for
provision of continuing education. A key element of its design philosophy is to
address two of the shortcomings of conventional textbooks: It is difficult to
find a textbook that is useful to both beginners and advanced students. A
web-based hypertext can be as up to date as desired.
Target Student Population: Undergraduates and graduates in health-related disciplines. The material is
presented at a core and advanced level
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: The treatment is complete if links from the thyroid and parathyroid pages are
followed to the more basic concepts
Type of Material: The web-based content includes diagrams, animations, online tests, and an a
extensive glossary. Use of humor and whimsy engages the user too.
Recommended Uses: This hypertextbook is an educational experiment designed to assess the value of
web-based information sources as a supplement to classroom teaching and for
provision of continuing education. A key element of its design philosophy is to
address two of the shortcomings of conventional textbooks: It is difficult to
find a textbook that is useful to both beginners and advanced students. A
web-based hypertext can be as up to date as desired.
Technical Requirements: JAVA enabled browser

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: From Colorado State University, R. Bowen and team have build a authoritative
site, well maintained with current references. The pedagogy is clear.
Concerns: none

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: It is easy to understand with visual aids and comprehends many aspects of the
subject.
Stands alone so excellent for self learning, it?s stated purpose is to
supplement the classroom and for continuing education (presumably distance) The
multilevel structure is well done.
Concerns: none

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Navigation hints are provided at levels above this entry point but it is fairly
intuitive to move about for such a huge site. Graphics are clear and clean. The
applets animate concepts well. Each screen lasts only about 1 ? pages ? minimum
scrolling before leaving. Basically for outside the class room learning the
graphics could be brought into class. There is a good amount of interactivity
but good guidance through the concepts.
Concerns: none

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