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DNA from the Beginning

Rating: 5 stars
Used in Course: Used in course
Submitted by: JoDale Ales (Faculty), Feb 26, 2003
I reviewed this site for about an hour initially, then returned to it to plan
how to use it in my general biology classes. I plan to use it in March.

Quality of Content: Comprehensive, accurate
information from classical genetics to today?s advances in molecular genetics.
The credibility of the source, the DNA Learning Lab at Cold Spring Harbor Lab,
insures that learner that the information is ?first hand? and accurate. Much of
the content is presented by the actual researchers (primary sources) and
reflects the
realism of day-to-day lab research conducted by real people. Wonderful
historical reflection on DNA research as well as today?s progress.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching-Learning Tool:
This source addresses a variety of leaning styles by using tutorials,
explanation of terms, audio/visual,animations, and interaction during the
problem phase. The links are helpful to instructors and/or serve as a
springboard for student reflections or projects on the
topic. The information is presented in ways that are relevant to learners and
the problem-solving approach helps learners advance to a higher level of
learning and reasoning. This approach leads to more meaningful learning than
just memorization. The lessons teach for
understanding. These activities also expose learners to real science and the
people who have contributed to our knowledge of DNA. They show that science is
a means of
problem solving that can be applied to other contexts.
An index of content could be helpful, especially for students who are unfamiliar
with the content. If it ould be more interactive (not just tutorial) the
learners could be more involved.

Ease of Use: No problems here. It was very well organized and the format was
consistent. Learners can focus on the content and not be bogged down with
navigation issues.

MERLOT rating scale: Quality of Content ******
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching-Learning Tool ****
Ease of Use*****

JoDale Ales