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Peer Review

Biochemistry in 3D-Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry



Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jul 29, 2002 by Biology Editorial Board
Overview: This extensive collection of Chime-based tutorials is designed to complement Lehninger's Principles of Biochemistry textbook. Tutorials on the structure-function relationships of Bacteriorhodopsin, Lac Repressor, Nucleotides, MHC molecules, Trimeric G proteins, Oxygen-binding proteins, restriction endonucleases and ribozymes are currently available. A general Introduction to Protein Structure tutorial is especially valuable for beginning students. The tutorials use a novel format of brief explanations that include
buttons for popup windows containing more detailed information plus the option to play chime scripts (movies) that illustrate this information. The tutorials are of high quality and the chime movie animations are well constructed and are very informative. This type of approach allows students to see detailed biochemical features of macromolecules that are simply beyond the reach of static images. Many of the tutorials would be useful in courses other than biochemistry, including molecular biology, immunology and microbiology.
Type of Material: Interactive tutorial
Technical Requirements: HTML, Chime 2.0+ (Netscape version 4.x plugin)
Identify Major Learning Goals: All basic principles of biochemistry
Target Student Population: Any level of college student in biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology or
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: College level inorganic and organic chemistry

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars

Quality of Content: (5) (5) = 5.0

Feature(s) of Excellence

  • Accurate information is well illustrated
  • Chime movies are of high quality and are well integrated with text
  • Well designed with current and accurate material.
  • Very well written descriptions of the images the students are allowed to
    manipulate. Each animation illustrates key concepts being discussed in the
    accompanying text.

  • None

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars

Potential Effectiveness: (5) (5) = 5.0

Feature(s) of Excellence

  • The tutorials can be used in lectures and as out-of-class learning aids
  • The Introduction to Protein Structure Tutorial walks students through the
    elements of primary-quaternary protein structure in a clear manner
  • High quality animations aid student visualization of complex structural
    details and illustrate difficult concepts
  • A good supplement to a text or used as a stand-alone module.
  • Highly interactive.
  • Would be possible to write questions based upon material in tutorial.

  • Needs links to some example problems or questions

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars

Ease of Use: (5) (5) = 5.0

Feature(s) of Excellence

  • The tutorials are straightforward and easy to navigate, without any
    defective links or bugs.
  • Clear index on the first page allows for quick access to tutorials.
  • Tutorials are well organized and explained clearly.

  • None