As part of a series of Anthropology Tutorials, The Basic Principles of Genetics Web Site provides a straight-forward and well-written virtual textbook with background information about genetics. Mendelian Genetics, Inheritance, and Exceptions to Simple Inheritance are presented as text with pictures, links to a glossary, and example questions. Each unit consists of text explaining basic principles. Perhaps the most interesting aspects of this site include audio versions of terms in the glossary as well as interactive quizzes that provide immediate responses for correct and incorrect answers. In addition to tutorial quizzes, links are provided to related Internet sites where additional information can be found on topics such as birth defects, genetic disorders, inheritance, and the Human Genome Project.
(4.25)(4.50) = 4.4
An on-line textbook, accompanied by .wav files helps students with proper pronunciation
Clearly laid out and well organized
Somewhat complete although some may argue that additional information may be useful
List of exceptions to Mendelian Genetics is complete
Accurate with appropriate vocabulary
Integrates concepts through use of interactive quizzes
Interesting pictures and graphics
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
(4.25)(4.50) = 4.4
Excellent resource for students having trouble verbalizing terms
Quizzes providing reasons for each answer (correct and incorrect) very useful
Two levels of help offered when answering quiz questions that require problem solving (one level is a hint and later levels provide diagrams)
Conceptual understanding is generally provided through additional links
Interactive quizzes provide immediate reasons for correct and incorrect answers
Some interactive animations, such as predicting crosses, would be beneficial The inclusion of animations, or links to animations of genetics topics would make this site more exciting and engaging for students.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
4.5) (5) = 4.8
Clear and accurate instructions
Easy to navigate and fast
Definitions are linked directly to the term without need for scrolling
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