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Peer Review

The anatomy of the kidneys

by Vivien Rolfe


Overall Rating:

4.5 stars
Content Quality: 4.75 stars
Effectiveness: 4.25 stars
Ease of Use: 4.75 stars
Reviewed: Nov 13, 2011 by Biology Editorial Board
Overview: This site is part of a larger site from the School of Nursing and Academic Division of Midwifery at The University of Nottingham. In this learning object, several aspects of kidney anatomy and physiology are presented including items such as: gross anatomy, internal structure, blood flow, the nephron, renal corpuscle, and passage of urine. Each section is presented as an animation with narration to describe the anatomy and physiology of kidneys. This is a straightforward and well-done site for learning about the urinary system.
Learning Goals: This site will help users to learn about the basic anatomy of the kidney.
Target Student Population: High school and undergraduate students, as well as the general public, can benefit from this site.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: There are no prerequisites for this site, although some knowledge of human anatomy will help to understand what is presented.
Type of Material: Content and animations provided on this site can be used in classroom setting for high school students. Much of this content may be used as an introductory self study material for student taking college level courses in Anatomy and Physiology. Most of the material is provided as a narrated animation.
Recommended Uses: Many of the learning objects can be use in the high school classroom. The materials and other links at this site can also be used individually by the college students as pre-course review material.
Technical Requirements: Much of the material can be navigated with HTML, although Adobe Flash Player is required to use many of the learning objects.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.75 stars
  • The content follows good pedagogy for learning introductory anatomy of the kidneys
  • Material is well organized for understanding basic renal anatomy
  • Animations are helpful for learning the concepts presented
  • Animations are accurate and straightforward
  • The learning objects are not very interactive and engaging
  • Addition of quizzes would enhance active learning
  • It might be a good idea to add video clips

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.25 stars
  • Good starting point for learning about the anatomy of the kidneys
  • Promotes basic understanding of the renal anatomy
  • Material is presented in a very organized and simple way
  • Builds on prior concepts
  • Additional links are available on the website to enhance further learning
  • Learning objectives are not clearly defined
  • Material is not very interactive
  • Pop-up quizzes for reinforcement of the concepts are not available
  • Assignments in the form of quizzes to ensure understanding of the concepts presented are not present

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.75 stars
  • Information flows easily from one topic to another
  • Information is well-organized and easy to understand
  • Adobe Flash Animations load quickly and run smoothly
  • No defects were detected in the way the animation is presented
  • Some difficulty in identifying the link to view the resource. Once the link is identified then the information flows easily.

Other Issues and Comments: This is good site to learn about basic anatomy of the kidneys.