A very high quality suite of animations discussing TCA cycle, e-transport chain etc is presented.
Type of Material:
This animation would be helpful in an introductory biochemistry class AFTER the details of every step had been discussed, memorized and examined by the class. It would be good to use as a capstone to show how all the pieces fit together.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
A better understanding of the oxidative phosphorylation process by breaking it into small steps and showing the compounds moving and reacting.The animation shows each of the reactant and product changes through each of the major cyclic biochemical pathways.
Target Student Population:
Students that have taken or are currently taking biochemistry or cell physiology would get the most out of this site.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
To get the most out of this animation the student should have a basic understanding of the biochemical pathways.
The animations are effective and clearly laid out. Students can select which model to study.
It is not clear that the students will really learn from the animation. It will be a good way to help students 'put it all together' but they realistically will have to know all the material first.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The idea of the dynamic character of these major pathways along with how they are intricately tied into membrane transport is well presented. The site gives an opportunity to reinforce concepts learned learned during lecture
The animations are really simply words being moved around the screen. In that sense they remove some of the richness of the environment. I am not sure that this animation really can improve the student's conceptual grasp of a very difficult system. Chemical potentials, for example, are not part of the picture to any extent .... and they should be.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Very easy to use and the layout is clear and simple. There are "back" buttons in case it needs to be repeated.
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