An extensive, corporate sponsored site covering the details of the ear with slides and links to medical literature. Contains the aural atlas from 1946 and anatomy dating back to the 1800’s. Great historical documentation up through present time. This serves as an overview of all things related to otoscope visualization,photographs of common conditions and diseases of the ear are available.
Type of Material:
Self study material.
Computer with explorer 4.0+ in full screen mode, 800 X 600 pixels. Netscape Communicator 4.06 is appropriate if the toolbars are minimized. Microsoft Video player recommended, but not required.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The goals are to provide visualization of many of the common diseases and conditions that may be encountered /diagnosed with otoscope viewing.
Target Student Population:
For the physician, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, or physician assistant. Not an entry level presentation.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Knowledge of the normal anatomy of the ear is necessary. An understanding of advanced medical terminology is needed to understand reports, articles, and case studies. Basic computer skills, use of mouse.
Excellent slides of normal and abnormal anatomy of the ear. Lots of additional information through links to multiple sources. The uniqueness of the case photograph and video available for review are outstanding.
Some of the links are no longer available. These should be removed or updated.
The quirky side bar used to navigate the webpage is not the nor--and could be confusing to new computer users.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Students often gain a better understanding from the ability to see first hand how certain conditions/disease present themselves.
This is an excellent resource for practicing audiologists, medical students, experienced nurses.
The more entry level student would not find this very useful; content is geared for the medical provider. However, some slides could be adopted for entry level learners.
For some of the photographs it is difficult to follow the captions.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Hyperlinks provide for additional enriching content. Slides are of high quality. Unique focus site-otoscope
There are so many areas within the website a student could easily become confused. Configuration of the hyperlinks serves to increase this confusion.
There is so much information on this website it could easily be divided into more than one site with different area of focus. The first page has too much information links, awards, other site links; it's overwhelming.
Other Issues and Comments:
The sales information for the otoscope should not be such a prominent area. Perhaps a ink to another page advertising the sale would serve better.
An excellent learning tool for the advanced practitioner.
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