"Positive Reinforcement: A Self-Instructional Exercise" is a web-based tutorial for teaching the concept of positive reinforcement. This tutorial provides a self-instructional exercise that defines the concept of positive reinforcement and illustrates the concept with example/nonexample pairs. The authors also provide practice example and nonexample exercises with feedback.
The major purpose of this material is to teach the concept of positive reinforcement and to demonstrate some of the important features of self-instructional exercises that can be used effectively in distance education.
Target Student Population:
The target population is college level students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Some understanding of introductory psychology is recommended, but it is not required.
Type of Material:
This is a text-based tutorial.
This exercise is intended as an instructional aid for student use in gaining an understanding of the basic concept of positive reinforcement, which can then be refined through additional study.
Evaluation and Observation
The examples and nonexamples used to illustrate the concept of positive reinforcement (as well as the test examples and nonexamples) are varied and interesting. The format is an effective way to learn the essential defining features of this concept. The technical notes and frequently asked questions links are informative and useful.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The material consists of good examples and exercises. Although the focus of the material is narrow (dealing only with positive reinforcement), an instructor could utilize it effectively for teaching this concept.
The lack of detailed theoretical background information on the concept might limit the effectiveness of this tutorial.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This material is very easy to use and is well-written.