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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Abdomen

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.5 stars
Content Quality: 4.75 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 4.75 stars
Reviewed: Nov 03, 2013 by Biology Editorial Board
Overview: Interactive test for knowledge of organs in the abdominal pelvic cavity. Placement of organs is tricky and knowledge of the three dimensional arrangement within this cavity will allow the student to place the organs is a proper sequence from most posterior to anterior. It’s because of this that the activity is rated at high school or college education rather than middle school. Seems to be best suited for studying outside of class time.
Learning Goals: Placement of organs in abdomen
Target Student Population: This site would be useful for those taking a beginning anatomy class in high school or college. This may be helpful as a quick review or reminder for upper level class work, but the content is too basic.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Basic Anatomy with focus on organ names
Type of Material: Interactive animation that allows for student to practice locating items in the abdomen
Recommended Uses: In class, Homework, Study Tool
Technical Requirements: Browser, Flash Player

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths:
  • The interactive module has all of the organs that are in the abdomen and their precise location
  • Having the three sections of the large intestine, the duodenum separate from the rest of the small intestine, and the gall bladder with duct were separate from the liver are all valuable learning aspects of this module
  • The note suggesting placing the small intestine last is very helpful
Concerns:
  • It was difficult to move some of the structures to the correct spot
  • Structures would typically snap back to the side if inserted into the wrong spot on the human figure, but in one instance organ placed incorrectly remained in wrong location.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths:
  • Simple to use
  • there is not too much detail to confuse user
Concerns:
  • User must be familiar with the structures before starting
  • Without any definitions about the organs it is very hard to write assignments for this module

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths:
  • Easy to use
  • Students have to be precise when placing organs which helps them remember where the organ actually belongs
Concerns:
  • Some structures were hard to place--can lead to frustration

Other Issues and Comments: This module would be great for students to do on their own as a study material or as a way for them to gauge how well they know where the organs are within the abdominal pelvic cavity.