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Peer Review

The Physiology of the Senses: Transformations for Perception and Action

by Tutis Vilis


Overall Numeric Rating:

4.75 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.5 stars
Reviewed: Mar 29, 2012 by Technical Allied Health
Overview: There are 12 individual tutorials explaining the biology of human senses. These topics include: the eye, the visual cortex, visual perception of objects, visual perception of motion, association cortex, streams for visually guided actions, touch, muscle sense, hearing, balance, eye movements, and memory. The activities include introduction to the anatomy related to the topics, animations of physiological actions, and some interactive exercises testing the knowledge of the content. The materials are presented in both interactive Flash form and as PDF documents, there are problem sets associated with each of the topics, and links to related materials on the web. All of the materials are packaged for download.
Type of Material: Tutorial
Recommended Uses: The tutorial is set up as a potentially stand alone course. It could easilty be adapted for use with a self paced study course of the human senses.
Technical Requirements: flash player to utilize the flash pages, however there is non flash player access provided.
Identify Major Learning Goals: The learner will learn and test on the major senses, the anatomy involved in each sense, and the physiologic process behind it.
Target Student Population: Either upper level high school or Undergraduate college students enrolled in anatomy & physiology courses.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: medical terminology, basic computer skills(in case downloading of materials is desired).

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Logical division by senses. Engaging graphics, ability to download information for further study/review. Ability to review practice questions without going through the entire tutorial. Ability to easily go forward and backward during each tutorial section. Vast tutorials and quizzes; content is excellent!
Concerns: None

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The ability to control and immediately re review information being studied, along with additional links to utilize as additional reference information. Very effective in showing tutorial, practice quizzes, and external links
Concerns: Could be overwhelming to a student who has not studied medical terminology.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: Each tutorial begins with definitions that will be utilized during that section. Each tutorial has hyperlinks within that section to allow the user control over the order in which the subjects are studied.
Concerns: The site is a little busy - cluttered links make it hard to navigate.