“BBC Science and Nature: Human Body and Mind” is an extensive site to learn about basic anatomical structure and function of the body and general psychology of the mind. At the time of this review, a Stress Test is shown at the top of the site, which requires users to register with the BBC. The test is pretty comprehensive, but does provide interesting information. The other material includes two main units: "The Body," which includes units on the anatomical structure and function of organs, muscles, bones, puberty and the nervous system, and "The Mind." which includes topics on psychology, emotions, personality, memory, and mental disorders. Two smaller units include sleep and brain sex. Each unit is comprised of a tutorial, or facts about the subject, high quality links to external information, and includes games, animations, and activities to involve the learner. Both The Body and The Mind are exceptionally well-done sites that engage users with interactive explorations of human anatomy and psychology.
Type of Material:
Tutorial with drill and practice games, and animations. "The Mind" unit also contains quizzes and surveys for interactive learning.
The site can be used as an interactive tutorial to teach general anatomy and physiology and psychology. The animations and diagrams could be used as teaching aids in a lecture, and the games, quizzes and surveys could be used as homework, either to provide a review of information covered in class or used prior to class to cultivate interest in the subject matter.
The introductory material can be navigated with HTML but most of the interactivity requires Adobe Flash Player.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Students will develop a basic understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body including the location and function of organs, muscles, bones, and the nervous system. Students will also acquire basic information of what psychology is and gain an introductory understanding of how emotions, personality and memory function.
Target Student Population:
High school and undergraduate students, interested in human anatomy and psychology, can benefit from this site.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
There are no prerequisites for this site, although some knowledge of basic human anatomy will help users to understand what is presented.
The content is complete for understanding introductory information about anatomy and physiology and general psychology
Material is very accurate and complete, particularly for the The Body section
The psychology portion of “The Mind” unit presents basic concepts that can be used as a foundation for further learning
Information is systematically organized and follows one concept to the next
The Flash Interactivity for orienting and placing organs very well done
Quality of graphics is very good
The Stress Test might be better placed below the The Body and The Mind sections
Most links are high quality and support the main topic
In the interactive "Organ Game," the cricoid cartilage of the voice box is in the incorrect orientation and needs to be rotated 180 degrees
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Engages the learner and creates interest in a topic, especially The Mind Games and Surveys if given prior to covering a topic in class
Different units in this site could be useful for a variety of classes, such as anatomy, a general health class or a psychology class
Material is intuitive and easy to learn from trial-and-error
The anatomy portion is better suited to covering concepts in a systemic approach versus a regional approach
Instructions on how to orient and place organs very helpful
Games can be used as reviews after a topic is covered in class to reinforce the concepts
Very good for use at home to learn human anatomy
The stress test is a good idea but a little too long
Objectives are not clearly stated
There is no constructive feedback for incorrect answers in some of the interactive games
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Very easy to navigate to the different major sections of site
Self-contained and instructions for games and surveys are clearly stated and easy to understand
Adobe Flash Animations load quickly and run smoothly
No defects were detected in the way the interactive lessons are presented
Information is easy to understand
It might be a good idea to move The Body and The Mind to the top of the site
A few links do not work
In the game sections, if the learner has scrolled through some of the facts and then switched to a new topic, the new information does not start at the top, but midway through where the scrolling stop in the prior section
Other Issues and Comments:
The level of interactivity in The Body is excellent and helps users understand human anatomy.
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