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Peer Review

Cranial Nerves

by Eric Chudler


Overall Numeric Rating:

4.5 stars
Content Quality: 4.75 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.5 stars
Reviewed: Jan 26, 2011 by Technical Allied Health
Overview: Review of the cranial nerves, brain, spinal cord and senses including anatomy function and pronunciation. Useful diagrams, pictures of actual cranial nerves, study hints, nerve pronunciations, simple experiments to assess nerve function and interactive puzzles to assist students in learning about the cranial nerves. Self-paced, self-learning.
Type of Material: Online course/tutorial. Learning object repository/ drill and practice
Recommended Uses: Diagrams and pictures may be used as part of a lecture in class. Individual drill and practice for memorizing the names of the cranial nerves. Student groups may assess the function of the cranial nerves using the assessment feature.
Technical Requirements: Flash, JAVA E7, Windows media player.
Identify Major Learning Goals: Learn about cranial nerves and what they do, where they are in the body, and how to say their names.
Target Student Population: Secondary and Post-secondary anatomy and physiology students
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Ability to read at the middle school level or higher. Use of key board, mouse, audio functions to hear pronunciations.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: Pictures and diagram are of high quality Interactive puzzle is fun and works well Content may be used self-contained or added to a lecture. Links to pertinent adjunct and higher level material.
Concerns: It is a basic repository of some useful items for student use in learning the cranial nerves. It is not a complete independent teaching module of the nervous system. Uses very simple diagrams. Limited interactivity. Some of the material, such as links to Yale University, require a higher level of learner.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: Provides simple information for memorizing cranial nerves and their functions. It has many uses, part of classroom lecture, independent study, drill and practice for student study. Reinforces textbook learning and provides material in chunks, logical flow.
Concerns: It is not a complete lesson with objectives, pre-requisites, or any prior knowledge stated. Does not progress as learning occurs or build upon prior concepts, but simply supplies methods of using the information to improve student learning of the cranial nerves.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: Pages are not too busy, just the right amount of material on each. Photos and illustrations are clear and large enough for learning. Does not require user to have high technology skills to use.
Concerns: A beginner might feel overwhelmed at the amount of content; would need direction on what to go to first.

Other Issues and Comments: Very well done, appropriate links. The audio pronunciations are clear and a very nice addition to the materials.