The Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms website provides a list and definition of commonly used genetic terms in the classroom and research laboratories, pronounced and narrated by scientists from the National Institute of Health (NIH). It includes images and in some cases animations. The material is also available in Spanish.
Type of Material:
Reference material (Glossary).
In class resource, homework, lecture supplement
JAVA, Flash plugin, Quicktime
Identify Major Learning Goals:
No specific learning outcomes are listed. However users will learn the following:
To define key terms in genetics
To understand the meaning of scientific terminology used in genetics
Target Student Population:
High school students
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The information is accurate and provides a good basic background about the material
Interactivity keeps users interested in the material
Narrations by experts add credibility to material
The information is a comprehensive survey of what may be studied for this topic
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
It could easily be integrated into curriculum assignments
You can learn a lot in a short time
It does exactly what a glossary should do – defines key terms.
It cannot measure student learning outcomes
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
It is effective and easy to use
Navigation is intuitive
It is appealing because real scientists actually explain the terms
No major concerns
Other Issues and Comments:
It does what a glossary should do in a very effective way. It would be nice if all the terms had an animation associated with it.
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