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.
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
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:
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
There is no prerequisite but knowledge of basic Biology will be helpful.
Evaluation and Observation
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
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
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
No major problems in navigation were found
The information is organized and follows a logical order
Simple to use
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.