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Peer Review

Zoology Lab Manual

by Rick Gillis


Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Aug 12, 2001 by Biology Editorial Board
Overview: The authors developed this site to help students study for lab practicals in introductory zoology. The authors suggest that the site can provide a useful resource for anyone enrolled in a one-semester, college or secondary school course in zoology or a "virtual laboratory" experience for those who do not have access to laboratory specimens. The site provides annotated and labeled illustrations of dissected specimens and slides typically viewed in introductory zoology courses.
Type of Material: Tutorial
Technical Requirements: HTML
Target Student Population: Introductory College

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars

Quality of Content: (4.7)(5) = 4.85

  • The material was accurate and extensive

  • Photo quality is excellent

  • The type of material and the descriptions match that of the typical zoology course quite well.

  • The specimens are clear and well labeled

  • Interactivity is limited to page turning and selecting views. There is no interactive test mode or ability to hide labels.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool: (4.5)(5) = 4.75

  • Basic but high quality resource

  • Could be integrated into any Introductory Zoology Course

  • Provides an excellent review for lab practicals


  • Lacks problem solving, quizzes or a thematic approach (for example: evolutionary
    trends or explicit comparisons among phyla or stems approach)

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars

Usability: (5)(5) = 5

  • All controls work well and simply

  • The user cannot get lost and can easily find what s/he needs

  • Table of Contents provides user with a guide
Concerns: None

Features of Excellence:

  • Quality images and materials

  • Descriptions, annotations are to the point and leave room for an instructor to adjust to personal teaching style.

  • Probably an appropriate resource for any introductory zoology course.

  • Table of Contents makes it very easy for a faculty member to assign specific parts.

  • Overall an excellent resource

  • Overall Rating: (4.7)(5) = 4.85

    Creative Commons:
    Creative Commons License
    This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States