An on-line textbook covering eukaryotic viruses, complete with a collection of lecture notes, images, on-line tutorials and links to current virology data and publications. Viruses are presented by family in excellent detail. Could be used in place of any traditional textbook.
Type of Material:
Have to register with journals through Medline to access some linked articles. Some simulations wouldn't run well on Mac.
Target Student Population:
Evaluation and Observation
Raw Ratings: (5) (5) (5) = 5
Well designed and clearly laid out, organized by virus family. Combines the genetic, molecular, and medical aspects of these viruses in a balanced presentation. Accurate and current with links to NIH, CDC, and primary literature. Appropriate vocabulary, Concise and Effective.
Essentially a textbook on-line, very thorough - covers pretty much all aspects of eukaryotic viruses. The illustrations alone (especially since they are in color) provide an important learning tool. A very good source of information for students and teachers, which could easily replace many current textbooks.
Potential downside is if the author stops maintaining and keeping the site current. It is important therefore for the user to check the dates on the pages.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Raw Ratings: (5) (5) (4) = 4.7
Demonstrates good relationships with many links between different families within the site. Promotes good application of learning modules and problem solving, especially with tutorials.
Doesn't state learning objectives. Students typically want hard copies of a text/notes; downloading would require considerable time and expense (for color copies).