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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Parasites and Health

by CDC Webmaster
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.75 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.25 stars
Ease of Use: 4.75 stars
Reviewed: Dec 17, 2012 by Biology Editorial Board
Overview: Parasites and Health is a web site that was developed and is maintained by CDC’s Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria (DPDM). The site offers complete, accurate, and up to date information on parasites and parasitic diseases, which includes a great image library. This site was created to serve as a diagnostic aid and continuing education portal for laboratorians and other health professionals, but will also serve as an excellent resource for instructors teaching students about parasites. Most of the material is free of copyright except life cycle images of Blastocystis and Pneumocystis, and electron micrograph images of Gnathostoma.
Learning Goals: Reference material for parasitic infections in humans and they parasites life cycle to the human body
Target Student Population: The primary target population is College General Ed, Upper level Microbiology courses, and Medical Technology students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None
Type of Material: Collection
Recommended Uses: Lab or class references to parasites or class assignment to look up parasite and its life cycle
Technical Requirements: HTML, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe Flash Player

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths:
  • The site is maintained by the Centers for Disease Control(CDC)
  • Contains the most complete, accurate, and up to date information on parasites
  • Diagnostic images associated with the site are excellent
  • Images and diagrams are appropriately labeled
  • Great site organizing the parasites into subgroups intestinal track, blood born and other. Then having the parasites alphabetically assigned make it easy to talk about and discuss in lab and lecture class.
Concerns:
  • Wish it had a search function to focus on parasites of a particular location (i.e. eye)

  • Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

    Rating: 4.25 stars
    Strengths:
    • Will complement and add to material found in any text book
    • Demonstrates relationship between the theoretical information and the application of that information to medical diagnostics
    • The material is categorically organized to allow for flexibility
    Concerns:
    • Limited in interactive activities
    • no search function

    Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

    Rating: 4.75 stars
    Strengths:
    • The material is easy to navigate and loaded quickly
    • Well organized
    • Appropriately searchable
    • No defective links or major bugs were encountered
    • Great site has organized the Parasites in a great way and has a lot of the life cycles of how the parasite gets into the human body. Even talking about the different stages of the life cycle that the parasite has to go through to get back into its reproductive stage.
    Concerns:
    • No concerns at the time of review