“Introduction to the Skeletal System” is a reference material that is part of a larger website entitled Mananatomy. It describes the divisions of the skeleton along with bones, cartilages and joints of the body. Types, functions, blood supply, nerve supply, ossification and growth of the bone are discussed. Characteristics features and types of the cartilage are explained. Definition, features, movements and basic terms related to joints are presented. The contents are very nicely organized so as to provide basic information about components of the skeletal system with links to explain details of individual bones and joints. Some clinical information is also presented. This site is appropriate for advanced high school students and college general education students.
Type of Material:
This site can be used as reference material or as ancillary material for a lecture course.
Learners could use this site as a supplementary textbook. The site can be assigned as homework for students to look up questions developed by the teacher. The site could be used as a reference source in addition to the textbook. It can also be used before class to review for graduate and professional courses.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
After completing this presentation, the learner would be able to:
Define bone, cartilage and joints
Classify the human skeleton
Describe the anatomical features, types, functions, and ossifications of the bones
Describe the characteristic features and types of the cartilage
Describe the features, types, and movements of the joints.
Outline the features of bones and joints of the body.
Target Student Population:
This material is appropriate for upper level high school and undergraduate courses.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Some background in basic anatomy might be useful before using these materials.
Evaluation and Observation
Content is accurate and extensive; the text in this site could be used as a textbook
Material is concise and relevant
Content provides a strong anatomy foundation
The site is well-organized and students can easily find the bones they are looking for
Integrates the content very well
High quality and well-written material without missing important information
More pictures would be useful especially pictures/images of the joints
An index of bony prominences would be helpful for students
Some sections lack images
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Useful free resources for students and faculty
Builds on prior concepts
Demonstrates relationship between concepts
Contents and links are well organized
Excellent source for review
Site is not interactive and does not engage the learner
Site does not engage multiple senses; more pictures would be helpful
Questions at the end of a topic would be useful to students to review what they had learned
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
All links are working properly
Easy to navigate
Information presented in ways that are familiar to students
Related parts of the website are clearly related
At the time of this review, no concerns were expressed about easy of use