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Peer Review

The eSkeletons Project



Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Feb 20, 2001 by Biology Editorial Board
Overview: The eSkeletons Project is a dynamic website with complete anatomical skeletons of the human and baboon (with the gorilla skeleton to be added) that allows for comparisons and identification of structures in all planes of view. It is extremely well designed and laid out clearly, concisely and attractively. There is information for all levels of students beginning with an outstanding introductory glossary, complete with visuals, and advancing to upper level quizzes, complete with answers. This website fosters great problem solving skills and it has exceptional graphics. The user needs to create an account in order to take the self test. Some areas are still under construction and this is clearly indicated.
Technical Requirements: Launching the quiz from Internet Explorer crashed one computer, but worked using Netscape. It appeared to be a plug-in problem even though the directions on the first-time user page to download plug-ins had been followed.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: (5) (5) = 5

  • Very well designed and laid out
  • Very complete and accurate (to our knowledge) database of human and baboon bones
  • Ability to do side-by-side comparative anatomy with 3D visualization
  • Excellent combination of database material with animations and interactive learning

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: (5) (5) = 5

  • Promotes good application of learning modules and problem solving
  • Possible to develop learning assignments or use the self test provided
Concerns: Opening up (and expanding) the self-test area would be more inviting

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: (5) (5) = 5

  • Easy to use with well organized and clear instructions, help screens and supporting information and links
  • Exceptional graphics that loaded quickly and ran smoothly