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Peer Review

The Patuxent Bird Quiz



Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 3 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Jun 25, 2002 by Biology Editorial Board
Overview: This quiz and its accompanying databases provide the user with the opportunity
to learn and test his/her knowledge of Identification of North American birds,
their songs, their breeding distributions, and their wintering distributions.
Quizzes can be set for beginner or advanced birders. In addition, photographs,
song and relative abundance maps of individual species are available as a
resource from links to other agencies.
Type of Material: Database/Quiz
Recommended Uses:
Technical Requirements: HTML
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Target Student Population: Beginning to Advanced undergraduate in basic ornithology course or interested in
learning to ID birds
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: Quality of Content: (4)(4) = 4

Features of Excellence:

  • Reasonable but not exhaustive collection of materials
  • Good quality images, maps, sounds


Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool: (3)(3) =3

Features of Excellence:

  • Could be used in teaching a range of topics in ornithology
  • Could be used as a research tool for basic reports
  • Useful as a drill and practice for basic ornithology courses
  • Could supplement an Animal Behavior or Ecology Course
  • Provides immediate feedback


  • Provides exercises that are simply identification/recall with no
    specifically helpful response.
  • Quiz over breeding and wintering distributions may be of limited value
  • Would not stand alone well without presenting a lot of material prior to the
  • Could be improved by adding tutorials that would guide user in learning
    material - teach identification markings and help students see trends in

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: Usability: (3.5)(5) = 4.25

Features of Excellence:

  • Easy to navigate
  • Easy to use
  • Simple and straightforward


  • Quiz forces the user back to the main quiz page after each photograph, song,
  • There is much more information linked to the Song Identification page, this
    is not immediately obvious
  • The database links on the song page should be moved to a more prominent
    location for a more integrated feel
  • Allow the user to step through a set of identifications rather than just one
    bird at a time.

Other Issues and Comments: Overall rating: (3.5)(4) = 3.75