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Peer Review

Virtual Aortic Aneurysm Surgery

by Dr. Jean Starr, MD , Jill Perkey , Gail Wheatley , Eric Bort , Mallory Handford , Matt Hicks


Overall Numeric Rating:

4.75 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jan 29, 2014 by Biology Editorial Board
Overview: This is an interactive animation and narrated tutorial explaining cardiovascular anatomy supported by radiographic images, rationale for doing surgery, pre-ops procedure, and the surgical procedure itself.
Type of Material: Tutorial, animation
Recommended Uses:
  • classroom demonstration
  • review
  • information for prospective patients
  • homework supplement
Technical Requirements: Adobe Flash plugin
Identify Major Learning Goals: While no specific list of goals is given, The student will learn the following:
  • oaortic anatomy
  • hew to determine when surgery is needed
  • sequence of steps to repair an aortic aneurysm.
Target Student Population: Middle school and above, other learners interested in the topic of vascular surgery
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
  • knowledge of anatomical and some medical terminology

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
  • Animations are colorful and will engage a younger audience
  • Sound is good and narration is appropriate for the intended audience
  • There is text for those who want to read along
  • The information is accurate
  • Every step is shown and explained
  • Teacher's guide and additional resources will encourage teachers to use the material
  • None

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
  • Information provided helps students understand the relatedness of the topics, in this case cardiovascular anatomy and aortic aneurysm
  • Material promotes conceptual understanding of cardiovascular anatomy and aortic aneurysm.
  • Interactive sections of the presentation and the quiz questions in between topics encourage learners to be engaged with the material.
  • It is well organized (step by step)
  • It doesn't specifically list what prerequisite knowledge the user needs, but it does review

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
  • Animation and narration load easily and easy to follow
  • Big button that says "Click Here"
  • Obvious pause and start buttons
  • Links to skip sections
  • Vocabulary does not overwhelm learners with little experience or background in cardiovascular topic
  • None

Other Issues and Comments:
  • Great site
  • There are some hands on activities that the site has the user perform
  • Fun
  • Kids can use it, but they might not understand everything

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