This is an animation of the last 300 million years of human Y chromosome evolution. The video is narrated by a scientist and has accompanying explanatory text. The resource is part of the BioInteractive collection hosted by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Type of Material:
Animation and supporting text.
This site could be used for in class discussions or by individuals as a learning resource.
Web browser with Flash. The video is also downloadable in MOV and WMV formats.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
None stated. However, users should gain an understanding of the processes that shaped the X and Y chromosomes.
Target Student Population:
High school through upper division college students could benefit from this resource.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic understanding of DNA, chromosomes, meiosis, evolution and recombination. All of these topics are explained in the accompanying text.
The animation and narration explain quite clearly and accurately the evolution of the Y chromosome, which is information not easily found elsewhere
The explanations are simplified without sacrificing accuracy
The accompanying "Learn More" text explains the basic concepts necessary to understand the topic
The list of sources, links and related material is excellent
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The short and upbeat nature of this video, with excellent animation, makes it highly effective for non-majors and students with only modest science background; the accuracy and detail make it effective for majors as well
The various formats the video is available in for download improves the ability of instructors to use the video
The narrated animation is supported by the text on the web page that makes it accessible to more students.
The identity of the scientist who studies the human Y chromosome and narrates the video is not given
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The video plays fine embedded and is available for download in several formats
The links all worked as intended
Lots of links to related and supporting material are provided
Other Issues and Comments:
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