This is a comprehensive resource site maintained by the American Society for Microbiology. It contains visual resources (approximately 700 images of microbes), as well as curriculum resources, and education reviews and resources. Each resource entry is subjected to a peer-review process before it is added to the site.
Type of Material:
It is an extensive collection of reference materials
There are no special technical requirements needed for this material. The visual images load fairly rapidly and can be enlarged for better visualization and color.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The goal of this website is to provide the microbiology educator with access to high quality, peer-reviewed materials that can be incorporated into classroom or laboratory learning activities.
Target Student Population:
The target student population is undergraduate students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
These materials are designed primarily for use by educators. For students to get maximum benefit from the website, these materials would need to be incorporated into learning assignments structured by the faculty.
Evaluation and Observation
All materials are peer-reviewed and referenced. The site serves as a clearing house of learning materials for use in undergraduate microbiology classes. Site is up-to-date.
No areas of concern.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
An instructor of microbiology will find this collection most useful in designing learning activities for classroom and laboratory use. The visual resources are powerful.
No areas of concern
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is well-designed and easy to navigate. The search feature was easy to use with drop-down menus to facilitate search selections.