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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Todar's Online Textbook of Bacteriology

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.25 stars
Content Quality: 4.25 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Dec 17, 2012 by Biology Editorial Board
Overview: Great in-depth book on microbiology which is intended for medical microbiology college level classes. This could easily supplement a tradition test book. Chapters are broken into individual subjects and bacteria are broken up into different pages so that students could easily look up a few key bacteria and either review for an exam or write a report.
Learning Goals: The learning goals of this site are to introduce bacteria and how we interact with it on a daily basis. Its goal is also to either enhance or replace a traditional text book.
Target Student Population: Upper level colleges students taking Pathogenic Microbiology or Medical Microbiology courses
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Biology, Chemistry, and General Microbiology would be recommended
Type of Material: Web pages linked as chapters in a book to cover an entire medical microbiology book.
Recommended Uses: To enhance or replace a microbiology book for a medical microbiology class.
Technical Requirements: web acess

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths:
  • The material is fairly complete for understanding the concepts of bacteriology and pathogenic microbiology
  • The material is clearly laid out and follows good pedagody for medical microbiology
  • Images are of good quality and illustrate concepts well
  • The various chapters are accurate and current
  • Very detailed and clear Great photos Introduced topics in a very logical and orderly manor Great section on Bacterial Pathogens and Diseases of Humans as well as Principles of Bacterial Pathogenesis to list a few. Expresses the basic consepts in a well defined manor
Concerns:
  • Incorporating a chapter on regulation of virulence and including information about the relationship between biofilms and infection somewhere in the text would be a plus
  • Wish there was more content on Parasites and fungal infections

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths:
  • Does a good job of demonstrating the relationships between microbes and the host
  • Can serve as an excellent resource to build on the knowledge provided by pathogenic microbiology or medical microbiology courses
  • Could be used by instructors to supplement lecture material
  • Great supplementary information to a microbiology class. Covered most topics in depth. Explanations are easy to understand and verbiage is not too confusing for beginners
Concerns:
  • Learning objectives for each chapter are not clearly stated
  • Inclusion of learning activities based on Bloom's taxonomy would strengthen this material as a teaching tool
  • Needs to cover fungal and parasitic organisms in more detail Would love practice questions or comprehension questions to be attached.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths:
  • It is very easy to locate and navigate through the chapters of this text.
  • The material is well organized
  • No defective links or bugs were found
  • The material loaded extremely fast
Concerns:
  • Would definitely be a great supplementary information for the traditional text book. But still needs a few changes to truly take over for a physical test book.

  • Other Issues and Comments: Great supplementary information especially the Bacterial Pathogens and Diseases of Humans as well as Principles of Bacterial Pathogenesis sections.