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Peer Review

The Auscultation Assistant



Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Apr 05, 2001 by Health Sciences
Overview: This module is an excellent site, providing learners with a comprehensive resource for abnormal heart and lung sounds. The sounds are clear and especially realistic if listened to with earphones. The accompanying text provides tutorial information relevant to the sound being listened to. While more interactivity with the text would improve the module, overall this module is a high-quality simulation tutorial.
Type of Material: This learning module is a repository of normal and abnormal heart and lung sounds, with accompanying text. Could be used in conjunction with lecture, or could be used by students as an independent review of the materials. The simulated heart and lung sounds are realistic, especially if listened to with earphones to simulate a stethoscope. The individual learning units within the module are logically organized and easy to access. There is a lot of text to read, and with the exception of the heart and lung sounds, there is minimal interaction.
Technical Requirements: Web browser, Audio
Identify Major Learning Goals: The module does not identify learning objectives or the prerequisite knowledge needed to successfully complete the module. However, it is easy for the instructor to design learning objectives and assignments that effectively incorporate the module?s content. Students can use the site to listen to examples of abnormal and normal heart/lung sounds before clinically examining patients.
Target Student Population: It is designed for use by second year medical students, but also has application to advanced practice nurses. May be rather advanced for use by undergraduate nursing students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: A basic knowledge of cardiac anatomy and physiology is required to understand the material provided in this module.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The module is easy to use.

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This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States