InnerBody is a website for any individual interested in the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Through animation, tutorials, and descriptions of tissues and organs, the learner can move through the systems of the body with ease.The site covers the following systems: skeletal, digestive, muscular, lymphatic,
endocrine, nervous, cardiovascular, male reproduction, female reproduction, and urinary.
The website uses images, graphics, animations, and descriptions. The website is also interactive and gives the learner the opportunity to click on what they want to view. A small eyeglass icon gives the learner the opportunity to narrow the material down further and further. Example: The learner can click on the aorta (either the word or the anatomical site). If the learner wants to look at the aorta a bit closer they can click on the eyeglass icon and the aortic arch will appear. If the learner wants to look at the aortic arch a bit closer they can click on the eyeglass icon again and get more information.
Learning goals: The learner will be able to identify anatomical body parts throughout the body.
The author of the material: Healthsource.com. Healthsource.com is a website sponsored by Intellimed. Intellimed is a for profit software company.
Costs: no costs to use the website.
Key words: Human Anatomy
Merlot Web Site: http://www.merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=86190
Human Anatomy Online Web Site: http://www.innerbody.com/
Type of Material:
This module is a tutorial with animations and descriptions.
This material can be used as an independent learning assignment for individuals. This material can also be used as a supplemental(optional)resource for a human anatomy course. This material could be used as a teaching tool in any healthcare course or as a study refresher for established healthcare professionals.
Java compatible browser to view the material is required.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
After a complete and thorough examination of the InnerBody website, the learner should be able to identify and name all tissues and organs contained within each human body system, describe the actions and functions of each of those components, and understand the purpose of each system as it pertains to human life.
Target Student Population:
This online tutorial would be appropriate for high school and undergraduate Anatomy & Physiology (A&P) courses, upper level undergraduate and graduate healthcare/health science courses as well as an A&P refresher for any healthcare professional in the field.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
No pre-requisite knowledge, other than basic computer and Internet skills are required.
The content is valid and accurate. The content accurately depicts reality, it is up-to-date, and it provides the learner with a valuable tool to review anatomy that is basic to any health related core curriculum.This online tutorial includes a video introduction that lasts 1:40 and guides the learner through the tabs of the site in order to assist with the navigation process. The anatomical systems are complete and detailed with pop-up boxes of narrative content. All information is credited to A&P instructors. The learner can manipulate through each system by clicking on the name of the area of interest from a textbox located to the left or by highlighting and clicking the area on the diagram. The site is very adaptable to move the learner through the body systems effectively. Located at the top of the page is a location bar that allows the learner to return to 'HOME' whenever needed. This bar also contains links to: Nutrition Guides created by a registered dietitian, links to careers in the Medical/Allied Health fields, a nursing degree overview and FAQ (about the site).
InnerBody contains links to advertisements that may or may not take the learner to the appropriate website. These advertisements change as you move through the contents of the module which makes it difficult to track their validity. They are located on the right side of the website in each page.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The purpose of this material is to provide the learner with an interactive educational tool that will identify, describe, and explore anatomical sites throughout the body.
The material can facilitate learning for the visual and psychomotor learner.
The material provides the learner with the opportunity to view each system individually.
The descriptive material explains the body parts or names of the body parts that are highlighted and, in some instances, it even supplies the reader with historical information about some of the body parts, i.e. respiration was affected in earlier times when women wore tight corsets.
The animations were simple but effective and provided the learner with the opportunity to read about the animation while watching the animation.
The interactive component of the material gives full control of learning over to the learner. The learner controls what they want to view, what they want to explore in depth, how they want to explore the material, and how much they want to explore.
If used diligently, this tutorial would be very effective in assisting the learner with the systems of the body. To be a truly effective teaching tool, this site would need to be utilized continually throughout the study of the human body. This is a site that needs to be perused.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The InnerBody tutorial website is very user friendly and offers many avenues toward the desired outcome. The site is much more easily manipulated with the use of a handheld mouse or a touch screen computer, however a touchpad will be as effective.
Other Issues and Comments:
This site is recognized by The New York Times, CollegeBoard, Discovery Education and others.
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