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Peer Review

Flash Activities

by Chris Manuel , Sandra Law , Shauna Reckseidler-Zenteno


Overall Numeric Rating:

4.5 stars
Content Quality: 4.25 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.5 stars
Reviewed: Dec 17, 2012 by Biology Editorial Board
  • This is actually a set of two interactive activities, one on microbial disease case studies and the other on identification of the bacterial species involved in these cases.
  • Type of Material: Flash interactive animation
    Recommended Uses: This is an effective tool for the last part of any microbiology course (allied health especially), where students are learning how pathogens cause disease and the characteristic presentation, treatment and outcome of such infections.
    Technical Requirements: Flash
    Identify Major Learning Goals: Students will identify causative agents of disease based upon patient presentation and laboratory test results.
    Target Student Population: College-level students, non-majors/majors microbiology and allied health microbiology students.
    Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Basic understanding of microbial metabolic results and why we preform specific tests

    Evaluation and Observation

    Content Quality

    Rating: 4.25 stars
  • Makes the process of reading a flow chart easy. It also give visual photos of gram staining and outcomes of enzymatic tests preformed
  • Quiz questions have instant feedback for students for remediation.
  • Images are provided to enhance patient presentation analysis.
  • Concerns:
  • Wanted instructions on how to create a chart to id an unknown bacteria
  • Voice over makes this ADA compliant, but botches some of the organism names and diseases.

  • Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

    Rating: 4.5 stars
  • This is an engaging activity for students that will prepare them well for most microbiology course final exams.
  • Could perform a class activity in which students have to identify specific cases before they started their unknown assignment
  • Concerns:
  • None.

  • Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

    Rating: 4.5 stars
  • Very easy to use and go from case to case
  • Can assign a student a diffrent case # to do at home
  • The activity flows with a click of a button.
  • Concerns:
  • If possible, I would ask that the author make it more apparent that the second activity on "Bacterial Identification" be physically linked into the "Bacterial Disease" case activity. The cases are the bases of the "Identification" activity, and one does not quite realize this until the activity is actually opened.
  • Wish it gave instructions on how to construct a flow chart

  • Other Issues and Comments: Excellent resource, a great addition to the MERLOT microbiology collection!

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