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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Introduction to Skeletal System

by Ahsan Iqbal
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.75 stars
Content Quality: 4.75 stars
Effectiveness: 4.25 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Mar 03, 2013 by Biology Editorial Board
Overview: “Introduction to the Skeletal System” is a reference material that is part of a larger website entitled Mananatomy. It describes the divisions of the skeleton along with bones, cartilages and joints of the body. Types, functions, blood supply, nerve supply, ossification and growth of the bone are discussed. Characteristics features and types of the cartilage are explained. Definition, features, movements and basic terms related to joints are presented. The contents are very nicely organized so as to provide basic information about components of the skeletal system with links to explain details of individual bones and joints. Some clinical information is also presented. This site is appropriate for advanced high school students and college general education students.
Learning Goals: After completing this presentation, the learner would be able to:
  • Define bone, cartilage and joints
  • Classify the human skeleton
  • Describe the anatomical features, types, functions, and ossifications of the bones
  • Describe the characteristic features and types of the cartilage
  • Describe the features, types, and movements of the joints.
  • Outline the features of bones and joints of the body.
Target Student Population: This material is appropriate for upper level high school and undergraduate courses.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Some background in basic anatomy might be useful before using these materials.
Type of Material: This site can be used as reference material or as ancillary material for a lecture course.
Recommended Uses: Learners could use this site as a supplementary textbook. The site can be assigned as homework for students to look up questions developed by the teacher. The site could be used as a reference source in addition to the textbook. It can also be used before class to review for graduate and professional courses.
Technical Requirements: This material is best viewed in Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths:
  • Content is accurate and extensive; the text in this site could be used as a textbook
  • Material is concise and relevant
  • Content provides a strong anatomy foundation
  • The site is well-organized and students can easily find the bones they are looking for
  • Integrates the content very well
  • High quality and well-written material without missing important information
Concerns:
  • More pictures would be useful especially pictures/images of the joints
  • An index of bony prominences would be helpful for students
  • Some sections lack images

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths:
  • Useful free resources for students and faculty
  • Very efficient
  • Builds on prior concepts
  • Demonstrates relationship between concepts
  • Contents and links are well organized
  • Excellent source for review
Concerns:
  • Site is not interactive and does not engage the learner
  • Site does not engage multiple senses; more pictures would be helpful
  • Questions at the end of a topic would be useful to students to review what they had learned

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths:
  • All links are working properly
  • Self contained
  • Easy to navigate
  • Information presented in ways that are familiar to students
  • Related parts of the website are clearly related
Concerns:
  • At the time of this review, no concerns were expressed about easy of use