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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Learning Styles - Left or right brain dominance

by Dr. Joan McMahon
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

3.8 stars
Content Quality: 3.4 stars
Effectiveness: 3.5 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Mar 04, 2005 by Teacher Education
Overview: The site "Learning Styles-Left or Right Brain Dominance" is a very small section
of a much larger site on study skills for college students. This review will
only address the section on brain dominance.

This site provides a primer on left and right brain dominance theory and offers
a 19 item quiz to check your own preference in brain dominance.
Learning Goals: Students will be able to identify the key characteristics of left brain and
right brain thinking. They will be able to identify their own preferences and
how they may learn better as a result of knowing the way they learn.
Target Student Population: Would be appropriate for any college students, especially those in education.

Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Easy to navigate - basic computer skills in using internet.
Type of Material: Reading text, online quiz, larger site has plethora of links and resources
addressing study skills a the college level. Some graphics but mainly narrative
and lists.

Recommended Uses: Resource for college students to increase awareness of how they learn. The
brain dominance section could be used with high school students as a resource on
how the brain functions. The online quiz offers individual motivation to its
audience. Appropriate for use with faculty who are interested in teaching their
students how they learn so that they can utilize their strengths. Appropriate
for students in the field of education who will be working with K-12 students
who have varying learning styles.
Technical Requirements: NA

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3.4 stars
Strengths: Basic overview of learning styles. Provides graphics and narrative. Liked the
different inventories/tests.
Concerns: Additional research needs to be used IF the purpose is to teach about the
brain...however, it appears this site is a general overview for college students
re: study skills, thus, this may be appropriate for this purpose.

Pretty basic in nature. Lacks a variety of content on how to use this
information when teaching. Two major links were down (right and left brain
inventories and Learning styles resource page).

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3.5 stars
Strengths: The online quiz could be used for motivational purpose when introducing the
subject, brain-based learning.
Concerns: Surface content.Would like to see examples of how any instructor could use this
information with general students to improve their understanding of the content
information. Could also give examples of how instructors could use this to vary
their own teaching.


Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: Easy to navigate - able to skip around within site.
Concerns: Once you leave this small section of the larger site, Study Skills for College
Students, it becomes overwhelming.Some of links have distracting backgrounds to
narrative, making it difficult to read. Some of the links were down.


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