This two frame site contains text and links that activate a series of animations and interactive modules. The Cell-Tissue-Body Explorer is an elementary exploration into a limited list of basic cell structures, cell types and organ systems. The pictures are labeled well. Some 3D animations are incorporated as well as split image animations of molecular and cellular structures and processes. These diverse digital learning objects can easily be integrated into existing lectures. A quiz that focuses on the user?s ability to drag objects about the screen in a timely fashion as well as their knowledge of the material is also provided. The website is still under development.
Type of Material:
Animation and Simulation collection
Target Student Population:
Jr. High or High School level
Evaluation and Observation
Quality of Content: (3.0) (3.5) = 3.3
No defects or major bugs found.
The quality of most of the materials was excellent and the 3D effects very useful.
English grammar through out the text needs to be proof read
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool: (3.5) (4.0) = 3.8
Each learning object can be easily incorporated into an instructors current presentation giving students valuable visual information
The ability to rotate the 3D objects is a nice feature
The concept of a quiz is good, however, see recommendations below regarding the quiz.
Quality of graphics and simplicity of models make the use of these learning objects appropriate for entry-level students.
The split-image graphics with text would be greatly enhanced if made into a movie click with text and audio capability
The quiz has limited use. The user must proceed from beginning to end without a choice on the material to be quizzed over (i.e. cellular structures, organ systems, etc.) For some of the questions the objects were very hard to see, thus, making it hard to drag to the appropriate locations. Suggest changing this to make them easier to see.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Usability: (4.0) (4.0) = 4.0
The animation may progress too quickly for slow readers
Add operator control over the speed of the clip
Because of the large files the modules take some time to load through a modem
It would have been clearer to the first time user of the links had been in the traditional blue it took me a while to realize that the black headings were also links.
Image list appeared to be unorganized. Perhaps categorizing them under "Cellular",
"Tissues" and "Organ Systems" and then listing them alphabetically would allow a use to find them more efficiently. As the list gets longer, a search option would also be appropriate