This is a comprehensive image-based tour of the CNS, with labeled images, computer graphic reconstructions of brain structures and pathways, and annotations. Set up in 24 “chapters,” within which there are 14-38 illustrations or photos with text descriptions. There are also quizzes and a puzzle.
Type of Material:
This is an interactive webpage containing anatomical drawings, computer generated images, and photos with text descriptions, designed for drill and practice.
Each section of the syllabus could be utilized as a guide for a particular lecture series. Appropriate for homework drill and in-class practice.
Quizzes and puzzles require Java Web Start.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Identification of anatomical structures of the developing and adult CNS, auditory, and visual systems.
Target Student Population:
Undergraduate human neuroanatomy classes and support for graduate disorder-related courses.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The anatomical slides are clear and accurately labeled, and match with many sources including Bhatnagar Neuroscience for Communication Disorders and Zemlin Speech & Hearing Science: Anatomy & Physiology. The quiz format and flexibility using outlines or pin markers is a plus.
Some of the links were not functioning. Instructions for Java download were not clear. Some quizzes were rendered ineffective or unusable due to missing reference pictures. It is relatively easy to cheat on quizzes by opening an additional browser window to the main website, so utilizing this for a recorded grade would be limited. Some terms are not typically used in CSD (vestibular membrane instead of Reissner's membrane).
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The diagrams are well labeled. As a student self-study enhancement tool this is a superb resource. It develops knowledge from the macro to the micro and peripheral to the central.
Objectives would be better in list than running text. Sometimes the understanding of relationships are assumed. Limit to the level of learning as the terms are given to match to the structure. It would be nice if you could do it the other way around as well, or type in the name as the top level.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Very easy to open and use. Point and click applications within the syllabus are functional. The flash hovering and cursor placement seem to be accurate. The majority of quizzes were very helpful in reinforcing anatomic familiarity. The slides and diagrams could be utilized to support lecture/discussions in class as well. The images are good.
Some additional applications such as a Java download were problematic. Some pictures were labeled as: "Not Available for Internet Use." The quizzes in which a picture was "not available for internet" were impossible to accurately complete. One reviewer could not get the jigsaw puzzle to work.
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