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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Ionizing Radiation, Part 4: Alpha Radiation

by Mitch Ricketts
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jun 25, 2012 by Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Editorial Board
Overview: This film examines exposures to alpha particles that are emitted from the nuclei of some heavy, unstable atoms. Major topics include health effects, exposures, and protective measures. Other educational concepts include internal radiation hazard, radon and its daughters/progeny. This instructional film is from Kansas State University's web-based course, GENAG 711, Occupational and Agricultural Health. Copyright 2011, Mitch Ricketts.
Learning Goals: Part 4 to an educational unit on the health effects of ionizing radiation (radioactivity).
Target Student Population: High School, College General Ed, College Lower Division, College Upper Division, Graduate School, Professional
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Some basic chemistry and cell biology would be helpful, but not necessary
Type of Material: YouTube video presentation
Recommended Uses: Very introductory, or could be used as supplemental remedial material for food science courses
Technical Requirements: Should work in all browsers

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Very clear and good use of visuals. Repeats concept for clarity.
Concerns:

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Good audio and visual. Very clear explanation of alpha particles, concerns and controls.
Concerns: Although the author has great enunciation and gives a very clear presentation, the tone could be a bit condescending to some audiences.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Easy to access and YouTube is pretty straight forward.
Concerns: