This is actually a set of two interactive activities, one on microbial disease case studies and the other on identification of the bacterial species involved in these cases.
Students will identify causative agents of disease based upon patient presentation and laboratory test results.
Target Student Population:
College-level students, non-majors/majors microbiology and allied health microbiology students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic understanding of microbial metabolic results and why we preform specific tests
Type of Material:
Flash interactive animation
This is an effective tool for the last part of any microbiology course (allied health especially), where students are learning how pathogens cause disease and the characteristic presentation, treatment and outcome of such infections.
Evaluation and Observation
Makes the process of reading a flow chart easy. It also give visual photos of gram staining and outcomes of enzymatic tests preformed
Quiz questions have instant feedback for students for remediation.
Images are provided to enhance patient presentation analysis.
Wanted instructions on how to create a chart to id an unknown bacteria
Voice over makes this ADA compliant, but botches some of the organism names and diseases.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This is an engaging activity for students that will prepare them well for most microbiology course final exams.
Could perform a class activity in which students have to identify specific cases before they started their unknown assignment
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Very easy to use and go from case to case
Can assign a student a diffrent case # to do at home
The activity flows with a click of a button.
If possible, I would ask that the author make it more apparent that the second activity on "Bacterial Identification" be physically linked into the "Bacterial Disease" case activity. The cases are the bases of the "Identification" activity, and one does not quite realize this until the activity is actually opened.
Wish it gave instructions on how to construct a flow chart
Other Issues and Comments:
Excellent resource, a great addition to the MERLOT microbiology collection!