The presentation is in slide format to provide information on neural synapse. The author’s objectives are introducing the role of ions to neural transmission and opening a dialog to understanding neurological dysfunction. Some dysfunctions are additions, brain dysfunction, and nervous system disorders.
Type of Material:
The material offered is an animated slide presentation of neural synapse.
• The recommended uses are tutorial or homework assignment.
The technical requirements include Internet access and Flash Plug-In.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The learning goals are:
• Describe the sequential steps that take place a the neural synaptic junction
• Describe the role ions play in neural transmission
• Apply the knowledge of neural synapse to addiction, brain dysfunction, and the treatment of various nervous system disorders.
Target Student Population:
• The target population should be high school students and undergraduate student studying health sciences.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The learner will benefit from a basic understanding of the structure of nerve cells, calcium and sodium ions, and medical terminology.
• The information is clear and concise especially a neuroanatomy. The concept is current and very important to studying neurological issues. The material provides simplified information. It includes good graphic and animations. Users can go back and forth through the slides as needed.
• The material never used the term nerve impulses, which might confuse the learner when reviewing literature in other resources.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Graphics and animation meet needs of visual learners. Allows user to access as often as need for review and reinforcement of key concepts about transmission of signals in human nervous system.
• Prerequisite knowledge was not identified in the presentation.
• There were no reinforcement activities to measure or retain learning.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
• The instruction was simple. The learner would just click on “Next to continue”.
• The material is passive and does not allow the students to become engaged in the learning process.
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