I have used this site for various tutor training courses I've developed as a means of introduction to learning theory. The...
I have used this site for various tutor training courses I've developed as a means of introduction to learning theory. The comprehensive list is more than students need for an introduction, so I would direct the class to specific theories (usually adult learning, constructivism, and operant conditioning, and have them read the descriptions, and then discuss with one another either in class or on a web board the relevance of the theory to the activity of tutoring. I introduce the discussions from a metacognitive perspective and encourage the peer tutors to begin to be aware of their own thinking processes and consider the implications that this self-awareness has on themselves and the students they assist. I encourage the tutors to actively engage their students with this idea also, and help begin to develop a self-awareness of learning that transcends any direct discipline content. I have not used the Domain or Concepts sections of the site. Content is well-presented and thorough; includes good summaries and appropriated references. Overall, a good introduction to a complex discipline, and one that would probably require some didrection on the part of the instructor, at least when used as a preliminary introduction.Technical Remarks: Direct and well presented; easy to navigate. Direction through the lists would probably be helpful to introductory level students.