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Peer Review


by Michael Richardson


Overall Numeric Rating:

4.5 stars
Content Quality: 4.25 stars
Effectiveness: 4.25 stars
Ease of Use: 4.75 stars
Reviewed: Mar 29, 2012 by Technical Allied Health
Overview: This webpage from the University of Washington School of Medicine provides an introduction to scoliosis including the definition and classifications, anatomy and physiology, and screening and treatment recommendations, complete with detailed illustrations and a radiographic image.
Type of Material: Presentation/lecture in a self-study or website design
Recommended Uses: Online lecture or self-study. Overview/Introduction to scoliosis
Technical Requirements: Internet browser - nothing special needed
Identify Major Learning Goals: After studying this lecture, students will be able to define the different types of scoliosis, as well as their treatment possibilities. Students will also be able to visually identify the types of scoliosis based on illustrations and the radiographic image.
Target Student Population: This module is directed to Radiologists specifically, but can also be used by other Physicians, Radiologic Technologists, Physician Assistants, Physical Therapists, Nurses, and other health care providers who are caring for/treating patients with scoliosis.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Anatomy and Physiology, with enough knowledge of the vertebral column to understand the differences between normal and abnormal

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths: The lecture is well-organized and presented in a format that is concise and cumulative. There is a concise explanation of what the disorder entails , how it is diagnosed and common treatment modalities.
Concerns: No interactive activity - just illustrations. References for information provided is not listed on the page

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths: The student will learn a great deal of information from reading this page. The information is presented in a logical manner, is accurate, and the illustrations help for visual learners. For those utilizing this resource for educational purposes, a quick ability to reference resources would be beneficial.
Concerns: Visual examples of scoliosis are not compared side to side with normal spine anatomy. No interactive activity - may lose some students

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: Very easy to use - just read and view the illustrations! Good links on the navigation bar that links to other areas of interest. Completeness of the information provided and the citations at the bottom of the page.
Concerns: There is a lot of scrolling required to access all of the information presented.

Other Issues and Comments: Initial link does not go to the Scoliosis page, but rather to the preface, which could confuse some viewers. The Scoliosis link is found on the left side navigation bar, but still may confuse. Maybe more radiographs could be added to correlate with the illustrations?

Creative Commons:
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States