A learning tool for gross anatomy designed to help students develop an understanding of the 3 dimensional spatial relationships of thoracic organs. The modules are easy to use and most of the graphics download quickly. The Interactive Atlas is organized into 12 chapters, which present the anatomy of thoracic organs, which appear in labeled and unlabeled versions. The modules also have movies that take some time to download.
Type of Material:
This web site offers both graphics and animated views of the thoracic viscera and includes quizzes over the material. Specific exercises can be designed so that small groups of students can interact with each other and the computer to solve problems.
A fast Internet connection would facilitate ease in viewing the movies. Otherwise, most computers would be able to view the graphics and quizzes without difficulty.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
It gives students practice in utilizing 3-D spatial knowledge in the interpretation of two-dimensional diagnostic images, such as radiographs and CT scans. The instructor provided objectives to the reviewers, however they are not listed on site.
Target Student Population:
Although the primary audience is medical students, this would be useful information for any health practitioner particularly nurses, advanced practice nurses, physicians assistants and biology students and faculty who desire accurate thoracic anatomical visuals for teaching and learning.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The only pre-requisite may be a basic knowledge of anatomy in order to understand the benefit of viewing the thoracic viscera in this manner.
The thoracic viscera are completely presented in an excellent medium.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
It has great potential as a visual supplement to many health science courses, particularly anatomy courses
Objectives or learning goals could be included on the site.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The modules and quizzes are easy to use, and the graphics download quickly. They present an excellent view of anatomy.
Movies take too long to download. Perhaps there is a way to speed up the download time. It would be helpful if the author would add some comments at the beginning indicating it takes time to download the movies. The quizzes have broken links.
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