Neurotransmitters and Neuroactive Peptides is part of a larger site entitled Neuroscience For Kids. This site is a tutorial with animated images and figures. The site details the discovery of the neurotransmitters, the criteria and types of neurotransmitters, the synthesis of neurotransmitters, transport and release of neurotransmitter from the neuron, and inactivation of neurotransmitters. The target audience would be advanced high school or college general education students.
Type of Material:
This site can be used to preview general information about neurotransmitters. Some of the animated images could be incorporated into a presentation to enhance the teaching of neurotransmitter synthesis.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
After reviewing this site, students will be able to:
1. Define a neurotransmitter.
2. Describe the criteria for a chemical to be classified as a neurotransmitter.
3. Describe the synthesis of a neurotransmitter.
4. Describe the transport and release of neurotransmitters.
5. List the mechanisms for inactivation of a neurotransmitter.
Target Student Population:
The site is geared for children for discovery of neurological systems.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The content is clearly explained and concise.
The content is accurate.
The content provides the foundation to understand the definition of a neurotransmitter, its synthesis, and how it is inactivated.
The site contain links to other sites that are appropriate and valid.
Collection is incomplete and some of the materials are under construction
Although there is some organization with sections, it is not clear if this approach follows traditional pedagogy for teaching this subject
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The site clearly presents concepts about neurotransmitters and the order of topics is well organized.
The site uses text and animated images to appeal to multiple learning styles.
The animated images demonstrate the concepts well, especially the synthesis of a neurotransmitter.
The site does not list objectives.
Additional practice questions or more links to activities could enhance the site.
The site has limited interactivity.
The animations are well done, but the student cannot pause or move forward/backward through the animation.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is easy to use.
All links are functional.
Difficult to navigate. Once a student leaves a page, it is difficult to find that page again.
Animated images could be updated to a more current version.
Other Issues and Comments:
Graphics and some of the hyperlinks could use updating.
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