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.
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.
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.
Evaluation and Observation
Basic overview of learning styles. Provides graphics and narrative. Liked the different inventories/tests.
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
The online quiz could be used for motivational purpose when introducing the subject, brain-based learning.
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
Easy to navigate - able to skip around within site.
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.