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Peer Review

Human Body Cross-Section Tutorial

by John McNulty


Overall Numeric Rating:

3.5 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 3.5 stars
Ease of Use: 3.5 stars
Reviewed: Dec 25, 2013 by Biology Editorial Board
Overview: This site presents an interactive cross-section anatomy tutorial. Sections of various regions of the body at different levels are presented as they appear in images, MRI, and CT scans. The site identifies the level at which the section is taken. It allows the learner to identify structures at that level and provides immediate feedback. This is a useful resource to learn structures as they appear in images, MRI and CT scans.
Type of Material: Tutorial and image collection.
Recommended Uses:
  • For self review/quizzing
  • Interactively with students during lecture
Technical Requirements:
  • Internet Explorer 9.0, Mozilla Firefox 18.0.2, Google Chrome 24.0
  • Java-plug-in
  • Broadband connection with 500+ Kbps
Identify Major Learning Goals: After completing this presentation, the learner would be able to:
  • locate the level of the cross section
  • identify structures as they appear on images, CT, and MRI
Target Student Population: Undergraduate, graduate level, and professional schools.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Although there are no prerequisites for this site but it would be difficult to understand the concepts presented without advanced undergraduate level anatomy experience.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
  • Self contained
  • Provides useful and accurate information
  • efficiently demonstrates the concepts
  • Includes an adequate amount of material
  • Great to see what the corresponding gross section vs CT section looks like in the various regions of the body with structures highlighted
  • No narrative text

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3.5 stars
  • Demonstrates relationships between concepts
  • Builds on prior concepts. The ability for a student to look at a gross section and it's corresponding CT/MRI with specific structures is powerful.
  • Does not identify learning objectives
  • Does not provide activities to reinforce concepts
  • Many "clicks" to get to images

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 3.5 stars
  • Navigation is intuitive.
  • Visually appealing with high quality graphics
  • Interactive
  • Lots of clicking. You can reduce the number of clicks by setting the structures to roll overs instead of clicks.
  • The industry standard for the back/home button is found in the upper left hand corner instead of the lower right (more reserved for forward/submit)

Other Issues and Comments: No additional comments.

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