About Plant Structure
Plant Structure is a multimedia CD-ROM based teaching and learning package, that illustrates the main features of all major plant cells, tissues and organs (comprising four subsections on roots, stems, leaves and flowers), their anatomy and morphology. It is designed to be used at a wide variety of levels and is particularly suited to first and second year undergraduate courses.
It contains over 300 full colour photographic images and can be used on both Windows and Macintosh platforms. The significant features shown in the images are labeled and accompanied by a voice commentary and text description which explains their function and properties. Some images also have magnified views to provide a further level of detail. Key terms used in the descriptions are defined in a hypertext glossary, available at any time during a session.
At the beginning of each section is a structure chart, which reflects the way in which the structural features are classified and which can also be used to navigate through the material in each section.
There is a self-test section which allows students to assess their understanding of the material. It contains four sets of tests, corresponding to the three main content sections, plus a general classification test. The questions use drag-and-drop and multiple choice formats.
Plant Structure has a simple, understated, well-structured interface enabling students to focus on the material to be learned. It has clearly defined navigation and reference information bars at the top and bottom of the screen.
A session history, used in conjunction with the structure charts, logs where the student has visited during a session. There is also an optional recommended path for those who want to work through the material step-by-step from cells to organs.
Plant Structure is an excellent complement to practical laboratory work on plant structure. Students can choose how much material they see, or hear, at any one time, allowing them to work through the material within the package at their own pace.