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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Psychology Demonstrations, Tutorials, & Other Neat Stuff

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

3 stars
Content Quality: 3 stars
Effectiveness: 2.5 stars
Ease of Use: 3.5 stars
Reviewed: May 05, 2007 by Psychology
Overview: The site consists of tutorials, quizzes, interactives and visuals that assist in the identification of brain parts and their function. There are psychological concepts and theories as well as workshops and research analysis.
Learning Goals: After visiting the links on this page, a student would have acquired a better understanding of the following: biopsychology, sensation and perception, learning/memory/cognition, developmental psychology, personality and social psychology, abnormal/clinical, research methods, writing and presentation in psychology, and online research projects. There is also a list of resource links for teachers.
Target Student Population: The target student population are undergraduate psychology majors although the page might also be helpful to introductory psychology students, some graduate students of psychology, and teachers.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None.
Type of Material: The material consists of links to websites that provide psychological tutorials and descriptions of the brain and brain parts with corresponding graphics that depict brain functions.
Recommended Uses: Because of the age of the material and the number of dead links, using this page as a general reference for students is not advisable. The links that do work, however, are of excellent quality, and instructors may want to browse through to find a particular page or site that would be helpful to their students.
Technical Requirements: Some of the tutorials that are linked to require programs such as Shockwave.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: The strengths of this site are the large amount of information that is presented as well as the interactive quizzes and visuals, practice exercises,and the auditory and sensory perceptions.
Concerns: The page is outdated and many of the links no longer work. Of the approximately 100 websites listed on the page, about three-fourths of them are dead links. The page was created in 1997 and probably has not been updated since.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 2.5 stars
Strengths: Links to some sites of very high quality are provided.
Concerns: The site needs updating and the pages that cannot be found should be corrected.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 3.5 stars
Strengths: The site is simple to use as it is merely a list of links.
Concerns: It is difficult to navigate the site with so many pages that are missing or have moved.

Other Issues and Comments: My main issue with this site is the unfinished pages, moved pages and error prompts.