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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Learning Styles - Left or right brain dominance

by Dr. Joan McMahon
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

3 stars
Content Quality: 3 stars
Effectiveness: 3 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Oct 05, 2006 by Faculty Development
Overview: Originally constructed as a Reusable Learning Object, this is a 4 page Flash
animation of the characteristics of left brain and right brain learning traits
adapted from the work of Malcolm Knowles in his book, "The Adult Learner: A
Neglected Species (1990, p 243-248)." It helps you determine whether you are
left or right brain dominant and also includes sites of learning style
inventories for self reflection.
Learning Goals: To discover how one processes information best (by determining if one is right
or left brain dominant), and thereby expand the stragegies one uses for learning
and studying.
Target Student Population: post-secondary students
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None
Type of Material: The site contains links to several pages of explanatory material, and several
self-administered tests to determine right/left brain dominance.

Flash file
Recommended Uses: It can be used as part of a leadership development course to assess how leaders
learn and to help leaders determine how their subordinates learn but can also be
adopted for use in other areas such as study skills, psychology, management,
and education.
Technical Requirements: Shockwave plugin

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: Simple \& easy to follow. The site does a good job of explaining the thinking
process of each of the cerebral modes, and provides several self-administered
online inventories for determing one\'s brain dominance.


Concerns: The main resources are 'outside' the flash file in external links. Although
this site is targeted for students, it needs to have a page of explanation for
faculty about how it can be used in teaching and learning with
technology if it is to be used effectively as part of the Teaching and
Technology collection.


Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: Easy to understand & use. The site provides a useful means for students to
determine an aspect of their learning style.

Concerns: The site would be strengthened if
there were suggestions for how students can use this information about
themselves to enhance their study skills, and how faculty can use this site in
their teaching.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: Very easy to use.
Concerns: The main links on the 'home page' to the Left Right Brain and the Learning
Styles Resource Page test does not work. There is no direct link to get from
within the Cerebral Mode graphics
back to the home page without backing through individual pages.



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