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Peer Review

Harvey Project

by Robert Stephenson


Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Apr 18, 2001 by Health Sciences
Overview: The Harvey Project is a worldwide collaborative focused on creating free interactive and dynamic Web-based course materials and tools for physiology teachers and learners. The Harvey Project's Website currently includes about 40 rich content objects and several tools. One of these tools is a searchable database of physiology learning resources on the Web, similar to MERLOT. There are some comments by users posted that can provide additional information about the links.
Learning Goals: The goal of the Harvey Project is effective teaching, not technology or "distance learning." This site provides a collection of material that can be used in biology, anatomy, physiology, or pathophysiology courses.
Target Student Population: This material can be used for secondary, undergraduate, or graduate students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: The user would need a basic understanding of biology, but many of the modules are quite basic material.
Type of Material: This is a collection of physiology sites that can be used to supplement the teaching and learning process.
Technical Requirements: Each module may have different requirements. Most are in HTML, which requires nothing more than a web browser, many incorporate Java and Flash. There are other modules that contain Shockwave or Quicktime pieces.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The collection provides a wealth of information that can be used in many situations. The material appears to be very flexible and quite relevant.
Concerns: None

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This site includes many excellent teaching tools that are very well designed.
Concerns: None

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This site is very easy to navigate, instructions are very clear, the design is engaging and attractive.
Concerns: Some sites may be slow to load due to animations