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Peer Review

The Whole Brain Atlas



Overall Numeric Rating:

4.67 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: May 02, 2001 by Health Sciences
Overview: Primarily a Neuroradiology Atlas with mini tutorials of various neuropathological conditions.
Type of Material: Since the programme is a radiological atlas of the brain the categorization lies somewhere between a collection and reference material
Technical Requirements: Browser
Identify Major Learning Goals: Using an Atlas format to acquaint users with normal and some major abnormal radiological features of the brain.
Target Student Population: The target audience is most likely undergraduate medical students under the umbrella of an integrated Neuroscience course. However, it would also be very useful as a ?Look-up- Brush-up? vehicle for new Neuro and Radiology Residents.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: A working knowledge of neuroanatomy would be optimum but could be successfully integrated into a Neuroscience course.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The inherent interactivity makes this version of an Atlas far superior to the conventional hard copy version.
The cases outlining major pathologies serves as a wonderful integrative tool.
Concerns: Although this high quality programme stands on its own it could only be made stronger by adding more peripheral material to the case histories.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Used as it is intended i.e. as an interactive atlas, in order to help learn neuroanatomy and integrate clinical problems the programme is very effective.
Concerns: Since the authors are generous enough to share this programme free on-line it would be very helpful to have them include a ?suggested reading list? and perhaps something like terminal objectives. This would make it easier to evaluate by other instructors who are considering integrating this programme into their own courses.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: It takes a little practice to get optimum use out of the programme but with the enclosed help screens mastery is quickly achieved.
Concerns: The only suggestion was purely cosmetic. The main menu page is a linear list and as such on initial inspection makes the site look very ?dated? which it is not. Given unlimited funds and time which are always in short supply, a new splash screen would improve the look.