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Cranial Nerves

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This module is a portion of a course on exploration of the nervous system. The focus of this module is on the cranial nerves, their function and their assessment. There are several types of materials: text, photographs, sound, quizzes and a puzzle.Key words: Cranial nerves, health assessment
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Material Type: Presentation
Date Added to MERLOT: December 05, 2002
Date Modified in MERLOT: December 21, 2016
Submitter: Pam Scheibel
Keywords: prerequisite, foundations, neurology, IVA, IVB, aud, kasa


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Primary Audience: College General Ed, Professional
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: Sound requires a windows media player.
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
Source Code Available: no
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Avatar for Cindy Farris
13 weeks ago

Cindy Farris (Faculty)

Great way to review and also learn the cranial nerves.  You can also hear how to pronounce the names.

Time spent reviewing site: 10 minutes
Used in course

Avatar for Sheila Crook-Lockwood
2 years ago

Sheila Crook-Lockwood (Faculty)

This learning activity presents an in-depth review of cranial nerves. The site promotes retention of material through the use of mnemonics, diagrams, quizzes, and audio. After using the site, students should be able to recall the names and purpose of all 12 cranial nerves. The site is appropriate for the college-aged student, unfortunately, the site uses the phrasing "cranial nerves for kids" which could be a barrier for the use in a college setting.

One drawback with Quiz 1, if an incorrect answer is chosen, the correct answer is not supplied.

Overall, the site is easy to navigate and intuitive. 

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes

Avatar for Angelica Gonzalez
3 years ago

Angelica Gonzalez (Student)

I liked that the information was direct and to the point.  The material is simple and easy to understand.  It is appropriate for the target audience.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes

Avatar for Lori Nelson
4 years ago

Lori Nelson (Faculty)

This looks like it would be very helpful for my communication disorders students. I especially like the activities for examining nerves and the links at the bottom of the page. All look very useful in helping students to master cranial nerve content. Students really enjoy hands-on activities. The photos also add to the interest level of the material.

Avatar for Denise Linton
4 years ago

Denise Linton (Faculty)

Very good presentation I can see where undergraduate nursing students can benefit tremendously from this presentation. Graduate students would benefit more from this presentation if there was an assessment (how to assess each CN) section.

Technical Remarks:

The hear it section is very good addition for freshman students who are not yet familar with the language.

Avatar for Inna Plugovaya
6 years ago

Inna Plugovaya (Student)

I really like how simple the site was, everything is neatly put into a chart with the names of the nerves and accompanying pictures. The one thing that I would suggest is having a column for describing whether the nerve is sensory, motor, or both. I particularly liked the "test your cranial nerves" section, and believe that it can be a fun interactive activity for students of any age (as I have done these tests in my nursing classes and found the activity both fun and helpful in learning and assessing the cranial nerves).

Technical Remarks:

I did not come across any technical problems.
Time spent reviewing site: I spent about 25 minutes on the site.