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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


The Bioluminescence Web Page

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.5 stars
Reviewed: Dec 05, 2003 by Biology Editorial Board
Overview:

The Bioluminescence web site designed for information exchange for life
scientists, oceanographers, applied marine scientists Navy planners, technical
and operational staffs who frequently come upon problems involving
bioluminescence and who might have little awareness of the availability and
reliability of information on the subject.



The bioluminescence web site provides researchers and planners a resource of
reliable information from what, in effect, is a continuous informal conference
of experts and users.
The Marine Bioluminescence Web Page is structured at two levels:
Fundamentals - Contents are provided by specialists and reviewed by an editorial
committee. Material is separated into highlights for rapid review and detailed
accounts which will also provide guidance to information sources and experts.
Current Research - Contents are linked from the Fundamentals Page and are the
sole responsibility of the individual sources. These are usually by individual
researchers or laboratories, private, academic or government, working on
problems in marine bioluminescence.

    All background material from a source consists of two parts:
  • brief statements of interests and work in progress,
  • links from there to the source's own web page materials.

Learning Goals:

None stated, however, the site offers considerable potential for use by science students from upper elementary through college and graduate school.

Target Student Population:

As quoted by the author the site is ?for life scientists, oceanographers,
applied marine scientists Navy planners, technical and operational staffs who
frequently come upon problems involving bioluminescence and who might have
little awareness of the availability and reliability of information on the
subject. It can be used by students and instructors of college and high school
and middle school biology courses.

Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:

None. However, a student would need to have some background in life sciences
and a basic understanding of chemistry.

Type of Material:

Collection of high quality visuals well written textual materials and
interesting graphics. The discussion of the chemistry and
physiology of bioluminescence is well written and understandable. The research
forum would be of most interest to professionals in the field and graduate
students.

Recommended Uses:

This site is an excellent resource for teachers and students and can be used as a reference to the variety of bioluminescent organisms and as a resource for
studies of deep seas. The concept could be used to teach concepts of evolution,
physiology, and chemistry at various levels of sophistication. Students could
use the site for general interest, special reports, science projects, etc.

Technical Requirements:

None


Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths:

Content Quality: 5.0, 5.0 = 5.0



  • The site is very well organized.
  • All photos are optimized for internet access and are available for general use.
  • The author is constantly adding new materials to the site making it valuable resource on bioluminescence.
Concerns:

None


Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths:

Content Quality: 5.0, 4.0 = 4.5



  • The section on myths is very good and could be used effectively in a classroom setting.
  • The section on organisms is very good and provides a lot of information for students and instructors. The author even suggests different ways to experiment with these organisms.
Concerns:

  • The author is constantly adding materials to the site, however there are not a lot of organisms and articles on the site.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths:

Content Quality: 5.0, 4.0 = 4.5



  • The site is easy to navigate for anyone familiar with the internet.
Concerns:

  • Site does not appear to be searchable.

Other Issues and Comments: None