This link from the American Museum of Natural History has a two-minute YouTube video gives information on Supramap, a web application that tracks the evolution of infectious disease.
Type of Material:
The website includes a streaming video, which can also be downloaded, with captions, background music, and no spoken words.
This video may be useful in a discussion on tools used as an introduction to the study of infectious disease.
The user will need a computer with Internet access and ability to access YouTube.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
This video is meant to educate viewers about the web application Supramap.
Target Student Population:
Students in high school through higher education may find this information interesting.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The user should have a basic understanding of how infection spreads.
The content seems fine for its limited scope.
This video is very short and covers a very limited issue. The video is similar to a brief video infographic.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This tool provides information in an accessible manner on the spread of avian influenza how it mutates.
The limited scope may be a detractor for use. One of the associated learning links no longer works. Another link is to a journal article, which requires users to make a purchase to read.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This material is easy to use, as it requires the viewer only to view information in a short video.
Text along the bottom is fairly difficult to read. Since images on the screen are the focal point of the video, but the real information comes from the captions along the bottom, the viewer may have been better served by making this text larger, giving it greater contrast with its background, and/or providing narration.
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