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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Asthma

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Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.5 stars
Content Quality: 4.5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.75 stars
Reviewed: Jul 29, 2013 by Health Sciences
Overview: This learning resource is a reference article on asthma from PubMed Health. It includes a detailed discussion on the etiopathogenesis and treatment of bronchial asthma and exercise induced asthma. It gives an overview of drugs used in managing this condition. It also includes a detailed discussion on the use of nebulizer in the management of bronchial asthma. Finally, there is a discussion on the preventive aspects of asthma.
Learning Goals: There are no stated learning goals. The implied learning goals might be that after reviewing the learning resource the user will be able to:
  • Describe bronchial asthma.
  • Identify at least five common triggers of asthma.
  • Describe at least three symptoms of asthma.
  • Discuss medications commonly used to treat asthma.
  • Describe the rationale for use of a peak flow meter with asthma patients.
Target Student Population: The target student population includes the general public, and undergraduate health professional students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Although there are no pre-requisites, basic knowledge of the physiology of respiration would benefit learners.
Type of Material: This learning resource is a reference.
Recommended Uses: This learning resource could be used as a supplement to online and classroom lectures. It could also be used as a patient/family education tool for healthcare consumers. Finally, it could be used by undergraduate medicine, nursing, and respiratory therapy students as a resource for course projects.
Technical Requirements: The user will need a computer with an Internet connection and a web browser.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: Simply written, interspersed with simple excellent graphic presentations. Links to other reliable subject matter information.
Concerns: None.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: The learning resource is well structured. The illustrations enhance the users ability to understand the disorder and treatment options.
Concerns: There is an assumption of basic knowledge of the respiratory physiology.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: The module is structured well. It is engaging and visually appealing. The multiple hyperlinks to individual areas of interest allowing user to determine the depth to which they want to research asthma.
Concerns: None

Other Issues and Comments: None.