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Peer Review

Protein Synthesis

by Leos Kral


Overall Numeric Rating:

3.5 stars
Content Quality: 3.5 stars
Effectiveness: 3.5 stars
Ease of Use: 3.5 stars
Reviewed: Mar 30, 2014 by Biology Editorial Board
Overview: This website provides a basic learning resource for the understanding of protein synthesis. The website demonstrates the process of mRNA transcription into protein, as well as the codon-anticodon base pairing system. It provides a very basic, yet simple and easy to understand animation for translation.
Type of Material: Quicktime animation.
Recommended Uses: The resource would be used for teaching a class, independent study, or as a review.
Technical Requirements: Quicktime for PC, Mac for downloaded activity.
Identify Major Learning Goals: None stated.
Target Student Population: Introductory biology.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: A basic understanding of molecular biology.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3.5 stars
  • The information is accurate and provides a basic background about the material
  • Video is appropriately categorized
  • Doesn't show nature of molecules, i.e. amino acids and bases being paired
  • Protein produced is only 4 amino acids which is not realistic
  • Parts are not labeled

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3.5 stars
  • This site could be the basis of an assignment based on the animation
  • The material is logically presented
  • No learning objectives stated
  • Doesn't include any questions to promote student thinking or learning

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 3.5 stars
  • Site navigation is fast and intuitive
  • Animation flows very easily
  • Information is easy to understand
  • Good use of color
  • Not interactive
  • There was a broken link at this site
  • Requires Quicktime plug in

Other Issues and Comments: No additional issues.