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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Bass Guitar Part Identification

by Tom Janke
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.6 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Dec 01, 2004 by Music
Overview: A drag-and-drop identification game covering the parts of the bass guitar.
Learning Goals: Students will be able to correctly identify the parts of the bass guitar.
Target Student Population: Beginning bass guitar students or others who have an interest in this
instrument.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None.
Type of Material: Game/applet.
Recommended Uses: This applet could be used for identification practice, review, or as a quiz in a
supervised setting.
Technical Requirements: Flash plugin.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The parts of the bass guitar are appropriately paired with their corresponding
names. Names used are Head Stock, Bridge, Pickups, Controls, and Neck.
Feedback is immediate and includes visual and audio response.
Concerns: Only five names are used and names are not randomized when the game is reset.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: Trial and error approach allows for multiple attempts during a single round. A
reset button for allows repeated attempts. Simple, non-threatening feedback
would work well with young children or adult learners.
Concerns: None.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The site is very easy to use: users "grab" part labels and drop them over the
image.
Concerns: Drop zones aren't consistent: some zones allow the name to be placed below or on
top of the item but not above it, for example.

Other Issues and Comments: This game is simple but fun and it could be extended with additional challenges.
Students could test themselves with a stop-watch or record the number of
attempts necessary to place all labels correctly on the first try. Also, short
definitions could accompany correct answers. This would be a nice addition.