A customizable teaching tool that simulates genetic inheritance including linkage over generations. An instructor can set broad or specific parameters for the virtual populations that their students examine. Model organisms such as Arabidopsis, Drosophila, or mouse can be used, and the genetic properties can be made relatively easy or complicated, depending on the students' level. It is user-friendly, web-based application and can be used with either PC or Mac.
Type of Material:
In class, homework, test preparation, Term project preparation
Web based program requires no additional software. Some areas of the site are free. Subscription is required for access to all parts of the program. Program may be “licensed” from 1 – 5 years with a reduction in the cost for licensing for multiple years.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Users will learn what how certain genotypes react with one another. Interactively being able to cross any genotype the user prefers. This can provide the user with phenotypic and genotypic ratios. This could be essential for students studying genetics.
Target Student Population:
High schools students or undergraduate students will benefit from this website.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
A small background in biology and genetics could provide the user with enough knowledge to use this website. The user must also have a login to use this site.
The information is accurate and provides a good basic background about the material
Each step is clearly shown
Animations and simulations are straightforward
Quality of graphics is good and provides enough detail for this level of understanding
There were no concerns about content at the time of this review
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The learning experience is interesting
The large collection makes it fun to explore many aspects of the subject matter
Material is intuitive
Material is easy to learn from trial-and-error
Material builds upon knowledge in multiple ways depending on how users navigate through the site
This tool is not a stand alone tool and needs an amount of introductory material to be effective.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Site is fast and intuitive
Very easy to navigate to the different major sections of site
No defective links or major bugs were found
Information is easy to understand
It took some time to get used but after clicking around for a bit, things became much easier
Other Issues and Comments:
The authors have done a great job with this site.
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