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Peer Review


by Karin Svanholm


Overall Numeric Rating:

4 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: May 31, 2005 by Health Sciences

This is a drill and practice game utilizing Flash animation that lets the
explore the key elements of the electrocardiogram (ECG). The activity targets
allied health students such as ECG technicians, emergency medical technicians
and anyone wanting a basic overview of the ECG and the electrical activity of
the heart.The user is presented with a virtual patient who gives a brief
history. The user must place EKG leads and then interpret the basic EKG

Type of Material:

The Electrocardiogram Game is a drill and practice activity utilizing Flash

Recommended Uses:

This game may be utilized in any training program that requires students
to have a basic understanding of the ECG and the electrical/mechanical activity
of the heart.In addition it is a nice review of EKG patterns.

Technical Requirements:

Flash Player 6.

Identify Major Learning Goals:

The learner will receive a basic understanding of how to obtain an ECG, how
to correctly place EKG leads, interpretation of basic EKG abnormalities and the
relationship of the ECG to the actual electrical and mechanical activity of the

Target Student Population:

The player (student) is identified as an ECG technician, however anyone with
an interest in ECG basics ( College Physiology students, health sciences
students) and the electrical/mechanical activity of the heart would

Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:

No skills are listed, however, some understanding of medical vocabulary and EKG would be helpful.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars

Accurate depiction of the ECG and its relationship to the electrical and
mechanical activity of the heart.Provides a link to additonal information on the ECG. The game utilizes interactive Flash well.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars

This activity can perform as a basic stand-alone introduction to the ECG and how it relates to the electrical and mechanical activity of the heart. The game requires the user to place EKG leads and correlate an EKG pattern. The program
may be more effective as a tool in a broader study of the ECG and the heart.


Lack of immediate feedback to the student's ECG diagnosis. The student may
benefit from an immediate assessment after each patient ECG diagnosis is
submitted to include a brief response for incorrect answers that help redirect
the student's thinking. The game is limited to basic EKG patterns.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars

The program provides an interesting interface that encourages students to use the module.On the first page the user is provided an estimated play time, download time for a 28.8 modem and a link to obtain Flash Player 6. Overall, instructions and prompts help the participant effectively navigate the activity.


To view results of the ECG diagnosis the user must quit the game and there is no opportunity to return to the game from the evaluation page. The user must
return to the home page and restart the game. A smaller concern is the
'Schematic' navigation buttons which use the same color as the background and
may not be immediately recognized by the user.

Other Issues and Comments:

This is a fun educational activity that can be utilized by a variety of students to enhance understanding of the ECG.