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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Human anatomy and physiology Interactive Animations

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Ratings

Overall Rating:

3.25 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 3 stars
Ease of Use: 3 stars
Reviewed: Mar 30, 2014 by Biology Editorial Board
Overview: Overview This site contains 100’s of anatomy and physiology videos and animations. It is part of a much larger site created by Bio-alive*. Videos from McGraw-Hill, Wiley, BBC Science and Nature, Medmovie, Wisconsin Online, John Hopkins and many other sources are included. The collection is categorized into subgroups covering all of the organ systems and major organs, biochemistry as well as concepts such as body and mind. This site may take hours to sort through and is ideal for browsing. Its search engine, powered by Google, lists links that take the user offsite and is not recommended. Bio-alive does not review the materials posted. The Bio-alive menu bar at the top of the screen will direct you to different pages on the home site including categories, lectures, seminars, animations (which this site is under), tutorials, laboratories conferences, games and surgery. The Bio-alive team can be reached via email. * Bio-alive is a life science online video sharing community, and the premier destination to watch and share biology and life science related videos worldwide through the web. Our mission is to promote scientific literacy and web based education by providing an online community for video sharing in all biology and life science related fields.
Learning Goals: No specific learning goals are listed for the collection.
Target Student Population: High school and undergraduate students will benefit from this site.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None
Type of Material:
  • Animation
  • Collection
Recommended Uses: The material can be used in the classroom. it would also be suited for individuals who want to review anatomy and physiology topics.
Technical Requirements: Varies with material selected.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths:
  • It is a fairly comprehensive collection of animations
  • All links tested presented accurate information
Concerns:
  • Bio-alive does not peer-review the individual items in the collection

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths:
  • Most of the images are good quality
  • The topics are well-organized by general anatomy and physiology topics
  • Animations and simulations are straightforward
Concerns:
  • Substantial time is needed by the user to find the appropriate animation and then develop specific learning materials
  • Some materials were not accessible

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths:
  • The animations and images are colorful and engaging
  • Some items are interactive exercises
  • Listing of various animations categorized by organ systems
Concerns:
  • The search engine is not effective. In fact, it takes users away from the site
  • The listing is huge. It would be nice if the categories were listed at the top with links to the category heading so that a user could quickly jump to what they are looking for

Other Issues and Comments: The information is organized and follows a logical order. Animations generally flow easily. Interactive exercises are well done.