A review of the human skeletal system through a database and a tutorial is provided at this site. The site, organized by sections of the skeleton, is easy to navigate and provides high quality images. The tutorial teaches students gross anatomy as well as specific aspecs of many bones such as foramens, articulating surfaces, and sutures.
Type of Material:
Tutorial and data base
This site would be an excellent reference site for the students outside of class. The high quality images would be beneficial to an instructor for lecture or prelab sessions. It may also be used in an anatomy lab in which computers and access to the internet is available.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
To identify the bones of the human skeleton and their major landmarks.
Target Student Population:
This site is appropriate for advanced high school, college and premed.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
This site provides a comprehensive survey of the skeletal system.
The images are high quality, although they are a bit small.
The site is well organized.
The material is accurate and depicts relationships well.
The fetal skull is excellent in demonstrating sutures.
The tutorial is not self-contained in that the user must record their answers in another format (sheet of paper or word processing program) and then do a self-grade of the answers off of the listed answers on the computer screen. This techniques reduces the interactiveness of the site and limits its ability to engage its user.
It would be nice to have a quiz with pictures of disarticulated bones to help students recognize individual bones of the skeleton not from position but from shape.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This is a comprehensive collection of real photographs of the bones of the human skeletal system.
Anatomy requires memorization. This site promotes drill and practice.
As a tutorial, it relies purily on memorization of the anatomy. No attempt is made to correlate the anatomy to function, basis of terminology or other concepts. Thus, this is simply a drill exercise. It is simply one more way to review the material.
The instructor needs to lecture/present the material on landmarks, epiphysis, etc. prior to assigning this site.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Simple, straight forward and very easy to use.
The need to record answers outside of the website was very bothersome.
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