"Nervous System" is one chapter of GetBodySmart.com's online Anatomy and Physiology textbook. It is a tutorial featuring texts, diagrams and quizzes. The site contains a mission statement, updates, and links for additional information.
This web site is part of the GetBodySmart suite of tutorials for an online Human Anatomy and Physiology textbook. The nervous system is among the first tutorial developed. It outlines the topics that will be later expanded to include diagrams, explanations, and animations. A quiz at end of every topic will be eventually completed and the whole website will be formatted so that it is accessible to all platforms of electronic access.
Type of Material:
This is a tutorial containing text, animation, pictures and quizzes.
The goal of the creator is for it to be used as a basic e-text
It can also be used for review.
In class work supplement, homework
An internet browser. Flash player.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The user will learn fundamental concepts of the Nervous System
Target Student Population:
Middle school, high school, lower division college biology, general education.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Ability to navigate a website and follow suggested web links.
Topics are well organized
Material is clearly laid out
It is incomplete
Collection is incomplete and many of the materials are under construction
Some of the images appear “washed out” or not drawn to scale.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
It explains all concepts
It defines terms
It builds on prior information
The pedagogy of providing information is a nice blend of learning and interactivity
Information provided helps students understand the relatedness of the topics
Sample questions (and answers) are provided at the end of sections
It is incomplete
This site would benefit from more animations or interactivity
The materials, and the way they are presented, are not necessarily engaging, but still very straightforward
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
It is easy to use. Just point and click
The information flows easily from one topic to another
The information is organized and follows a logical order
There isn't flow. The user has to back to the "table of Contents" to get to the next subject
it is incomplete
There are many ads in the page that can distract the learner's attention
Other Issues and Comments:
The big issue is that it is incomplete. There is a lot of potential for this but there is a lot of work left to do.
This website when completed will provide an excellent resource for leaning human anatomy and physiology. The authors should be encouraged to update the material at this site.
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