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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Sectional Anatomy - Labeling Exercises of the Brain

by Rebecca Keith
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.5 stars
Content Quality: 4.75 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 4.75 stars
Reviewed: Jul 07, 2014 by Biology Editorial Board
Overview: This is a website that offers labelling exercises on different brain structures as seen in different diagnostic imaging techniques. The website has 30 different images with on average 5 structures to label on each one. It also offers a word bank and sound cues when the user does not get the right answers. It addition there is also the possibility of printing the results.
Learning Goals: No specific learning outcomes are listed. However, the site help students identify structures of the brain on MRI and/or CT images.
Target Student Population: College general education students, graduate students, and health professional students
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Students will need to be familiar with the structures of the brain, and how to read CT and MRI scans.
Type of Material: This is an assessment tool that can be used by students studying human anatomy and brain anatomy and preparing for health related professions.
Recommended Uses: This site can be used as review of brain structures after the material has been taught. Students can also use this site to practice identifying and labeling brain structures. It could also be used as a homework assignment.
Technical Requirements: The labeling assignments were created with SoftChalk and should be accessed with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Safari in order to ensure compatibility. Firefox is NOT compatible with these activities. Flash is also required. Limited functionality in smartphones.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths:
  • The site is accurate and reliable.
  • The site provides a strong foundation for identification of important neuroanatomical structures.
  • The site is self-contained and can be used without requiring an assignment.
Concerns:
  • There is little explanatory information to guide the student that is not proficient in the material.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths:
  • The MRI and CT images are of high quality.
  • Sounds provide feedback for correct and incorrect answers.
  • Leader lines are easy to locate and identify.
  • The site is interactive and users can work at their own pace.
Concerns:
  • There are no objectives listed.
  • When structures are incorrectly labeled, there is no written feedback given.
  • Labels must be placed very close to the correct box. Occasionally, the label would be dragged to the correct box, but it was not lined up correctly. The label would then go back to the word box giving the user the impression it was the wrong answer.
  • Some labels could be more than one thing. For example, the second slide in the Cerebrum: Lobes and Basal Ganglia section, “white matter” and “frontal lobe” could be interchangeable.
  • Occasionally, some of the dots at the end of the leader lines would obscure the structure, making it difficult to identify.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths:
  • The site is easy to use.
  • The site is easy to navigate.
Concerns:
  • There is a general lack of instructions, although the material is self-explanatory to a certain extent.

Other Issues and Comments: No additional comments.