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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Interactive 3D Skull Module

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Mar 04, 2010 by Technical Allied Health
Overview: This 3D interactive teaching module will explore each of the 23 bones in the human head using Quicktime 3. The Cranium, also called the ""Skull,"" describes the skeleton that comprises all of the bones of the head, face and lower jaw.
Learning Goals: Identify the bones of the skull and their related components.
Target Student Population: Entry level college students/nursing and dental hygenist students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Users must have a working knowledge of anatomical terminology and familiarity with the skull bones. Requires basic computer skills to navigate through the material.
Type of Material: Interactive tutorial with animation and full text explanations of each skull bone and its parts.
Recommended Uses: Useful as an adjunct to classroom presentations. A nice format for reviewing and uses as a study tool. General Courses of Anatomy, Physiology, Biology or Nursing Fundamentals courses.
Technical Requirements: Quicktime 3

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Color coding of bones simplify their identification. Video is great, provides for a complete anatomy lesson of the skull as if the learner was holding it in their hands. The material is highly interactive and easy to understand.
Concerns: Learner must have prior knowledge of the skull bones as well as anatomical terminology.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Makes learning the skull bones and their component parts fun. Engages the learner and commands attention to detail.
Concerns: Due to the extraordinary detail and descriptions, would be too much for the high school level student as a self study. Best used with guidance of the instructor for this level.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Colors and interactive mode of the 3D are very engaging. Easy to move from screen to screen and back. Instructions are clear and easy to follow.
Concerns: None

Other Issues and Comments: A very nice and detailed tutorial. Engaging, easy to use, and informative. The glossary is a great for looking up unfamiliar terms.