A highly animated website addressing the causes of breast cancer,normal and abnormal breast anatomy, breast cancer diagnosis, staging, and treatment options.
Type of Material:
An interactive lecture on breast cancer.
Use as a patient education tool or background tool for basic education on Breast Cancer.
Requires Flash version 8 or above. able to review and access information in both DSL and dial-up service, however dial up internet service is extremely slow. The help guide for the website suggested muting the sound which would make the pages load faster--I found no discernible difference utilizing dial up- with or without sound.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
To understand what breast cancer is, how it is diagnosed, staged and treated.
Target Student Population:
College General Ed, College Lower Division
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Evaluation and Observation
Simple to understand language, clear explanations, large font utilized throughout website. Diverse female population shown on title page.
No discussion of the prevalence of breast cancer in males. Only on the title page is diversity among the patient population noted.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Concise explanation of how breast cancer develops and current treatment modalities. Summary at end of presentation reiterates vital points concerning breast cancer.
High potential of effectiveness for women, men researching breast cancer who are guided to this site will be disappointed.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Extremely simple to use, under the Help tab there are suggestion on how to make the website load faster, and for the visually impaired how to have the presentation as a self running presentation with no special readers required. Additionally, there is the ability to down loan the PDF summary with a reader to avail oneself to a different tutorial format.
Other Issues and Comments:
A verbal queue during the introduction that assistance for the visually impaired is available may be helpful.