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Peer Review

Interactive 3D Skull Module



Overall Numeric Rating:

4.67 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: May 01, 2001 by Health Sciences
Overview: The site provides high quality, well-defined images of the bones of the cranium. The user selects the bone of interest and can zoom and rotate the bone to reveal landmark structures. Background material is obscured in a link to the Department of Anthropology. "Skull" meets its narrowly defined purpose and is highly visual with excellent image quality.
Type of Material: Tutorial: photographic images which can be manipulated
Technical Requirements: Netscape 4.7 sometimes does not allow rotation while Internet Explorer does. Requires Quick Time Plug in.
Identify Major Learning Goals: Demonstrate graphical interface in curriculum development.
Target Student Population: Undergraduate and beyond
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Not stated. A knowledge of cranial anatomy would be helpful.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The site provides high quality, well-defined images of the bones of the cranium.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The site seems targeted to tutorial and review use after class and laboratory concepts/models are introduced. The quality of the images allows features to be easily recognized. With concepts introduces elsewhere the site could provide useful enrichment.
Concerns: It does not stand alone but must be used in context of course materials: in this it could appeal to several types of audience

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The site is easy to use with Internet Explorer being more reliable than Netscape. With some experimentation, the zooming and rotation features become intuitive.
Concerns: Moving the background page and some instructions for use would improve this aspect of the site.