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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


MendelWeb

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.75 stars
Ease of Use: 4.25 starsstar
Reviewed: Aug 09, 2007 by Biology Editorial Board
Overview: MendelWeb is an educational resource designed for teachers and students interested in the origins of classical genetics, introductory data analysis, elementary plant science, and the history and literature of science. The site is constructed around Gregor Mendel's 1865 paper "Versuche uber flanzen-Hybriden" and a revised version of the English translation by C.T. Druery and William Bateson, "Experiments in Plant Hybridization".
Learning Goals: None stated
Target Student Population: Secondary teachers and students, undergraduate students, and college instructors.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: A basic understanding of mendelian genetics would be of value for the user of the site.
Type of Material: An electronic science/math/history resource for the WWW of Gregor Mendal's 1865 paper and related material.
Recommended Uses: Reference
Technical Requirements: html

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: A very rich set of materials with references, vocabulary, and other resources related to Mendel's 1865 paper.
Concerns: None

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: The set of materials are easily accessed for use in several different courses.
Concerns: There are not any student activities that promote critical thinking. This would be useful primarily as a reference. The amount of material and links are so extensive that a person can easily get distracted.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths: The site has some excellent link buttons that take the reader to the beginning page of each section of the site. This makes it very easy to navigate.
Concerns: A search engine would be helpful. Could be better organized.