For Plant Anatomy, and even for General Botany courses, this is a very nice site to see photomicrographs of various plant cells and tissues. It is a basic site showing the images, accompanied by explanation of the terms used in identifying structures. The class syllabus is provided and the images are grouped according to the topics in the syllabus. There are 12 laboratory sections, reflective of the course load in a typical semester.
While specific learning outcomes are not listed for the site, users view and learn about plant cells and tissues.
Target Student Population:
High School, College Biology Lower Division, College Biology (Botany) Upper Division.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
There are no prerequisites for this site, although advanced knowledge of cell and plant biology will help in understanding what is presented.
Type of Material:
This site is a collection of photomicrographs for plant cells and tissues.
In-class laboratory guide
Homework for in-class and online/hybrid classes
This site requires a basic browser for viewing images and text.
Evaluation and Observation
The images are beautiful, clear, and straightforward
The organization of topics follows a logical, pedagogical approach to plant anatomy
Good explanation of terms used makes it easier to understand the images
Very good selection of images for a plant anatomy class
It would be helpful to have both labeled and unlabeled versions of each photograph
More images of plant reproductive structures, fruits, and seeds would enrich this site
Information such as the magnification and a scale for each image will enhance the utility of the learning materials
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The images are well-chosen and clearly show features
Images are colorful and presented with very good focus
Terms and explanation of what is being viewed makes it easy for users to understand structures and tissues
Providing a parallel image (when available) viewed with a different microscope optics (bright field; polarized) enhances the utility of the learning materials
There are no clear learning objectives
More introductory information about how the site can be used would be helpful
A few interactive lessons, where labeling is required, would entice users to engage themselves in the learning
It would be more helpful if there is a separate page within the website that provides an answer key to the questions for each of the images
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The information is organized and follows a logical order
The images load very fast and they are easy to find
No defective links or major bugs were found
Providing an alternative download (thumbnail vs. full image) process enable users to have a cursory view of the materials available without going through the whole series
Users may find it frustrating if they cannot verify their answers to the review questions associated with each image
Other Issues and Comments:
The images are sharp. Providing a choice for download (thumbnail vs. full view) is a plus for users who want to see what images are available.