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Peer Review

How the digestive system works

by Mckinley O'Loughlin


Overall Numeric Rating:

4.75 stars
Content Quality: 4.75 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Mar 31, 2014 by Biology Editorial Board
Overview: This is a tutorial that will support a lesson on the digestive system. It contains animation, audio and text. Users are also able to choose which part of the digestive system they want information on.
Type of Material: A narrated, tutorial animation.
Recommended Uses: This site can be used as homework to supplement lecture or reading This site can also be used to review the major components of the digestive system
Technical Requirements: Requires a browser with Adobe Flash player plugin.
Identify Major Learning Goals: No specific learning outcomes are listed. However, users will learn:
  • the major functions of the digestive system
  • vocabulary terms associated with digestion and the digestive process
  • what happens to food as it passes through the digestive system
Target Student Population:
  • High School
  • Lower College
  • General Education
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: There is no prerequisite but knowledge of basic Biology will be helpful.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.75 stars
  • The information is presented simply
  • The information is accurate
  • The animation flows logically
  • The content is well organized and follows good pedagogy
  • The narration did not mention the role of the gall bladder (storage of bile)
  • The narration did not mention that the certain cells in the small intestine also secrete several enzymes that are essential for digestion

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
  • The blend of text and images makes the material interesting
  • Animations are easy to follow
  • Sample questions (and answers) are provided at the end of presentation
  • It can be used as an additional resource
  • none

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
  • No major problems in navigation were found
  • The information is organized and follows a logical order
  • Simple to use
  • none

Other Issues and Comments: This is a nice resource and review for a lesson on the digestive system. It would be good for general education or an introductory anatomy and physiology course. The review questions are helpful and will engage the learners even more because of the instant feedback that they receive upon completing the quiz.