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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Anatomy Models

by Carey Carpenter
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.5 stars
Content Quality: 4.5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.5 stars
Reviewed: Nov 11, 2013 by Biology Editorial Board
Overview: “Anatomical Models” is a site that contains a collection of anatomical models. Systems covered include the skin/skeletal, muscle, digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, urinary, reproduction, and the eye and ear. Within each system are several anatomical models with labels. The site is interactive and allows the student to pass the cursor over a structure and a label will appear for the structure. The models could be used to supplement an anatomy laboratory or be used as practice to identify anatomical structures. The target audience would be upper level high school student and college general education students.
Learning Goals:
    No specific learning outcomes are presented on the web site. However, After completing this presentation, the learner would be able to:
  • Identify the structures of the major systems of the body.
  • Describe the structures of the major systems of the body.
  • Illustrate the structures of the major systems of the body.
Target Student Population: Advanced high school and lower college general education students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None
Type of Material: Collection
Recommended Uses:
  • Course and lab resource
  • Lab resource for distance learning
Technical Requirements: Internet browser required. Some of the features on this site don't work with the Firefox browser.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths:
  • The labels are accurate.
  • The models used are accurate and clearly depict the structures.
  • The models are well organized and there are a variety of models available for study.
  • Structures labeled are clinically important anatomical structures.
Concerns:
  • Does not provide explanations
  • Does not summarize the concept
  • An index of available labeled structures, and which models they are found on, would be useful for students trying to locate a structure from a variety of view-points.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths:
  • The models provide a vast supplement of information for an anatomy course
  • The models provide images for students to review structures using simple and clearly labeled images
  • The models are well photographed and structures are easily recognizable
  • The models are interactive
  • They are useful for visual learners
Concerns:
  • Does not identify learning objectives
  • Does not provide activities to reinforce concepts

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths:
  • Instructions are clearly written and are easy to follow
  • Easy to navigate
  • Engaging
  • All major links are complete
Concerns:
  • Some of the features on this site don't work with the Firefox browser.

Other Issues and Comments: None.