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Peer Review

Harvey Project

by Robert Stephenson


Overall Rating:

3.5 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 3 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Apr 26, 2012 by Technical Allied Health
Overview: The Harvey Project is a collaborative project to create free interactive web-based demonstrations for human physiology courses. Contributors to the project are varied and consist of medical professionals, educators, graphic artists and computer design experts.
Learning Goals: This site is designed to provide open use course materials for teachers of physiology. The student will relate physiology course materials to a visual, interactive demonstration of some of the more complex concepts in the course.
Target Student Population: high school, undergraduate college students; physiology students
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Basic understanding of chemistry and/or biology
Type of Material: Reference material
Recommended Uses: Could be a great supplement resource for study after more information is added.
Technical Requirements: Requires Java, HTML, IE

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The interactive modules are well done and of a high quality animation. The site has clean links and is easily maneuverable.
Concerns: The modules are not self-contained but require additional lecture to explain the concepts. A certain level of information should be provided in advance. The modules are limited in scope and quantity.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: The modules would be very useful to demonstrate concepts in a lecture. Clean typeset, easy to read information.
Concerns: The modules are not sufficiently inclusive to stand alone. There are several modules that are related, but they are not designed to show a progression of learning. There is no connection in the modules, since they are simply learning objects.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The modules include highly developed design features and are very visually appealing. They are interactive. Great links to more specific areas of study.
Concerns: The modules were difficult to find and are not organized in any manner. One the modules are accessed the instructions are very clear. Very little visual content could be considered an e book

Other Issues and Comments: Initially was unable to access actual website. A work in progress. It is not completed.