The website provides a narrated animation describing the process of protein trafficing through the Golgi apparatus. The viewer can play the movie within the webpage or download it. It is also possible to download a text version of the narrative. A protein is transferred through a sequence of membrane structures. The Golgi apparatus is one structure involved in sorting and transferring proteins manufactured in a cell. This animation gives an overview of the processes involved in protein trafficking to and within the Golgi.
No specific learning outcomes are listed but the animation clearly illustrates protein transport. It connects well with a similar object on Protein Modification. Through use of this site, students will acquire a basic understanding of protein trafficking through the Golgi.
Target Student Population:
This material could be used in Middle School, High School, College General Education, and College Lower Division courses.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Users will need a basic understanding of cell structure as well as vverall knowledge of molecular cellular processes to place these details in an overall framework.
Type of Material:
Materials at this site are presented as a Flash movie animation.
This object could be used to augment a class presentation as a pre-class assignment, or as a review.
This learning object requires a web browser equipped with the Flash plugin.
Evaluation and Observation
The strength of this site resides in that it is a clear summary of the important concepts, the quality of the animation, and that it is applicable for use in basic biology courses at a number of levels
Animation is clear and easy to follow
Narration is appropriate for the information presented and matches the action in the animation
Information is accurate and demonstrates how the Golgi fits into the overall process of protein movement to the correct spot in the cell
There were no concerns about content quality at the time of this review
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Would work well as as an adjunct to classroom presentation
Could be used as an assignment prior to class
The video could be easily integrated into a lecture or linked to online course material
Will make a good review
Students can play animation multiple times until they are comfortable that they can explain the process
Some simplification should be done to make presentation clear
Student needs to know place of process in overall cellular activity
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The authors have made this animation extremely easy to use by providing the option to play the video directly on the website or download it
Very easy to use
Transcript of narration provided for reference and can be printed
There were no concerns about ease of use at the time of this review
Other Issues and Comments:
The purpose is to break the cellular various process into small chunks of information and explain each with a short animation. There are advantages to that approach. The disadvantage is that the student may have difficulty seeing the process as a whole.