Motor Systems II: Descending Systems is a collection of pictures for the major subdivisions of the descending motor neural pathways. Each picture has brief explanation of the picture and labeled components. The thumbnail picture can be enlarged by clicking on the thumbnail and each thumbnail contains a descriptive explanation.
The major learning goal for this material would be educational in nature regarding the descending systems of the motor systems. It is best used as a teaching aid for demonstrating the various descending motor tracks. There are several images which correlate the area of the motor track with the function affected in the body.
Target Student Population:
The target population is college students, graduate students and health professionals. The information would be best suited for someone with an interest in neurology and/or therapeutic studies with particular interest in needing to increase their knowledge base regarding descending systems of the motor systems.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The user would need an understanding of basic anatomy.A good understanding of neurological pathology is assumed. This material serves as a visual aid with limited comments.
Type of Material:
These are images of various portions of the descending motor tracks of the brain and spinal cord. There are also images correlating the motor track to various parts of the body it controls.The material is pictorial in color and black/white with written explanations of the pictures.
This material could be used as resource material in a face-to-face class or linked in an online course management system.
The technical requirements for this material require an Internet access and an Internet browser.
Evaluation and Observation
The site demonstrated a core concept of visually describing the descending motor track of the brain. It provided accurate information which could be used in a variety of specialties. The site provides easy useability and quality of the thumbprints.
The site is still under construction and has not been updated since 1998. This site would best be used to supplement lectures/education, not as a primary teaching source.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
As a teaching tool, the thumbprints offer excellent visual reference as well as a written explanation.
Not all visuals had explanation or details describing the images in detail. This knowledge was assumed.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This site was very easy to navigate. The images are large enough to see without difficult. The navigation of the site is self explanatory.The narrative and captions on the images are readable. The images can also be saved in a zip file.The thumbprints are easy to use for students and faculty. The website loads quickly and should be easy to use in the classroom or online environment.
Other Issues and Comments:
This is an exceptional website to use as a visual teaching tool for the descending systems of the motor systems.