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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Pancreas

 

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: A hypertext book with a chapter covering the details if the pancreas as both an exocrine and endocrine organ. Can be used as a self-learning study guide or as an adjunct to classroom materials.
Learning Goals: Gross and microscopic anatomy of the pancreas Exocrine secretions of the pancreas Control of pancreatic exocrine secretion Advanced and supplemental topics related to physiology of the pancreas Histology of the pancreas
Target Student Population: Geared for students taking anatomy & physiology at an entry or more advanced level.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: No prior knowledge of the human body is necessary. Basic computer skills, use of mouse.
Type of Material: Hypertext book. Didactic presentation with graphics, photos, and animation. Many hyper links to more detail of the discussion are found throughout.
Recommended Uses: Could be utilized in the classroom to augment a lecture on the pancreas /digestive system or as a self-study tool.
Technical Requirements: Computer with Java script.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Graphics are very nice, microscopic slides are large enough to see detail. Glossary is detailed and easy to use. Information presented is accurate and thorough. Hyperlinks within the text make navigating simple.
Concerns: None

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The comprehensive review of the pancreas will be an excellent precursor to diseases involving the pancreas. This hypertext book mirrors a hard copy textbook. Contains a detailed table of contents, summarizes information at precise places in the text. Glossary is thorough and is linked throughout the hypertext.
Concerns: The entry-level student may find the vast amount of information overwhelming.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Hyperlinks within the text, true life photos, microscopic slides and graphics are of high quality.
Concerns: none

Other Issues and Comments: A wealth of information is presented in an organized fashion. Direct connections of the pancreas to both exocrine and endocrine organ systems is well done.