This is from the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. It gives a simplified explanation of why digestion is important, how food is digested, and how the digestive process is controlled. There is a diagram labelling all the organs of the system and describing movement of food through the system. It discusses digestive enzymes (juices), absorption and transport of nutrients and hormonal regulation of digestion.
Type of Material:
Tutorial and general information
This does not require background information and would be helpful as a reading prior to class time.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
The goal is to provide a basic overview of the digestive system.
Target Student Population:
This provides a very basic overview and would be appropriate for high school or introductory biology classes in college.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
No required prior knowledge.
Clear and easy to follow
Good basic review of the concepts
The level of information may be too basic for some applications.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
A good review and resource for students who need additional help
Builds on previous knowledge
The images are helpful but some are not very engaging.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Meets accessibility standards
It is easy to navigate
The content is clearly written
It is functional and informative but not particularly visually appealing
Needs to be more engaging
Other Issues and Comments:
This is a useful webpage overall. It gives basic information about the digestive system. It provides links for additional information.
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