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Memory and dementia



Overall Rating:

4 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 4.75 stars
Reviewed: Dec 01, 2013 by Communication Sciences and Disorders
Overview: This site introduces normal aging and memory, disorders of memory and how to cope with memory loss. It includes video segments explaining the terms and concepts. The site offers links to other resources about dementia.
Learning Goals: 1. Learners will understand different types of memory. 2. Learners will understand normal age-related changes associated with memory. 3. Users will be able to identify factors that positively and negatively influence memory function.
Target Student Population: undergraduate students, such as an introductory level course in communication sciences and disorders. Examples would be Introduction to CSD or an Introduction to Aging.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: none
Type of Material: A web-based tutorial with pages that are interactive and provide opportunities for a variety of learning styles, including visual and audio.
Recommended Uses: Introductory concept level of classroom use. Could be used as self-study, as multi-modal examples of concepts, particularly for those who prefer visual or audio learning cues.
Technical Requirements: Web browser, RealPlayer plug in to view videos. The site appeared to work best with Internet Explorer.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: Clear and concise presentation of information, uses animations and videos for demonstration of concepts.
Concerns: Identifies language issues (i.e., agrammatism, aphasia) as cognitive deficits (vs language). Very basic level information. Information is not unique from other websites available to the public.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: Learning objectives are stated for each segment. Each segment builds on prior concepts.
Concerns: Introductory level information,low level Bloom’s taxonomy, does not offer practice or assessment of knowledge.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: Design is a strength. Clear navigation, well produced videos with accompanying transcripts. Animations and attachments are clearly presented.
Concerns: No opportunity for assessment of student learning. Does not offer integration/application of knowledge. Videos would have been improved if patient examples offered.

Other Issues and Comments: None.