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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Protein Lounge-Biology Animations

by Webmaster
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.75 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.75 stars
Reviewed: Oct 11, 2013 by Biology Editorial Board
Overview: ProteinLounge contains a collection of high quality biological animations. Topics include Toll like receptors, anthrax toxins, atherosclerotic plaque rupture, skin renewal, diabetes, allergies, mitosis, hepatitis C, apoptosis, malaria, siRNA, swine flu and botulism toxin.
Learning Goals: No started learning goals or objectives.
Target Student Population: Undergraduate and Graduate Biology majors.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Basic understanding of cells, protein and molecules.
Type of Material: Protein lounge offers a series of very useful tools including Pathway Builder, Databases, and Animations.
Recommended Uses: Supplemental materials for in-class or independent learning.
Technical Requirements: Flash

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths:
  • Video animations are very well designed and produced.
  • The topics selected for the animations are very relevant and should draw the interest of Biology students.
Concerns:
  • Audio on the Allergy video is either missing or not working. Other video’s seem to be functioning just fine.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths:
  • Very good for visual learners.
  • Excellent for sparking student curiosity prior to covering the material in class or as an enrichment after class.
  • Could develop assignments based on these animations. Variety of topics would fit into many different classes.
Concerns:
  • Could be too complex for students without a strong cell biology background.
  • These weren't designed for an educational purpose, and there are not any assessment tools embedded in them.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths:
  • Very easy to access and use.
  • Animations load and run smoothly. The list of animations contains images and descriptions for easy navigation.
Concerns:
  • No closed captioning.