This is the main website for a variety of botanical institutions presented as an initiative of the Australian government. These include the Australian Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) as well as the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research (CANBR) and the Australian National Herbarium (ANH). The site includes material specific to these institutions as well as lots of material relevant to Australian plants in general.
Type of Material:
The resources of this site are presented in the form of links, text references, and JPEG images.
The resources housed on this website would be useful to students who were studying Australian plants or to instructors looking for images of plants or information.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
None stated. However, the educational goals of this site are to promote interest in Australian botanical species, as well as inform internet users about the topics of general botany.
Target Student Population:
Upper level college students as some botanical sophistication is helpful in using this site.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Understanding of basic taxonomy and systematics would be needed to use some of the databases.
Evaluation and Observation
Excellent source of images and information on the unique flora of Australia
The information is accurate and provides a good basic background about the material
Lots of links to additional material both about Australian plants and plants in general
The website is vast and contains a huge amount of material
Images, videos, and audio files are appropriately categorized
There were no concerns about content quality at the time of this review
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The website houses a vast amount of material in an amazingly accessible format
The organization is well thought out and promotes effective use of the resource
The images are excellent and have information on legal use
The keys and ID guides would be especially effective for anyone trying to identify Australian plants
The material is logically presented
This site is so extensive and houses so many resources a botanically inclined individual may be swallowed up for hours!
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The home page is well organized and not too busy
The site appears to work as intended on Mac (Firefox and Safari) and PC (Firefox)
No defective links or major bugs were found
The menu on the left side helps users stay oriented in the site
The subheadings within each section of the website organize the material very effectively