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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Nervous System Lecture

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.25 stars
Content Quality: 4.5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.25 stars
Ease of Use: 4.5 stars
Reviewed: Jul 07, 2014 by Biology Editorial Board
Overview: This 45-minute presentation covers the anatomy and physiology of the human nervous system. Topics covered include the differences between the central, autonomic, peripheral nervous systems; nerves and associated terminology; signal transduction at the synapse; and reflex physiology. Students click through 18 slides with voice-over audio.
Learning Goals: While no specific learning outcomes were listed, users will learn basic information regarding the nervous system
Target Student Population:
  • College
  • General Education
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: This site requires some basic knowledge of anatomic terminology.
Type of Material: This is a powerpoint lecture that contains text, audio and diagrams
Recommended Uses: This can be used as a tutorial or a review
Technical Requirements: This site requires a browser, a flash player, and speakers.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths:
  • The material is accurate
  • The presentation is interesting
  • The lecturer is clear and verbally adds additional information to the material on the slides
Concerns:
  • Some better drawings would be helpful
  • The material about reflexes seemed out of place
  • The material does not cover the enteric nervous system or the regions of the brain

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths:
  • The lecturer begins with basic material and builds upon this information in later slides
  • You can replay topics missed
  • Builds on previous material
Concerns:
  • This presentation is quite long (~45 min) and may not hold student attention
  • The content does not include context or application of the information

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths:
  • Easy to use
  • Just sit back and watch
  • great for a review or a basic introduction
Concerns:
  • Graphics and overall design appear somewhat dated
  • The audio occasionally contains distracting background noise

Other Issues and Comments: The hand drown material could be improved.