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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Learning Styles - Left or right brain dominance

by Dr. Joan McMahon
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

2.25 stars
Content Quality: 3 stars
Effectiveness: 2.25 stars
Ease of Use: 2.25 starsstar
Reviewed: May 23, 2011 by Business Editorial Board
Overview: This site provides an animation of left, right, cerebral and limbic modes of the brain; a hemisphere dominance tutorial with test; a left right brain test with answer key; and a learning styles resource consisting of The Paragon Learning Style Inventory (PLSI) survey.
Learning Goals: None listed or stated.
Target Student Population: Undergraduate and Graduate level courses in Human Resources, Leadership, or Organizational Behavior.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Basic computer and Web Browser knowledge and skills.
Type of Material: Animation, quiz/test, reference material, workshop and training material.
Recommended Uses: Can be used as a self-paced individual assignment, group lesson, or in-class session.
Technical Requirements: Any Web Browser and a computer. Tested using Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9 and Firefox 4 Browsers. Adobe Flash plugin for viewing SWF format.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: This site is a plethora of practical information concerning learning theory. It provides information as wells tests and surveys that can be taken by individuals and groups.
Concerns: No direction information on Learning Styles. Can be misleading

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 2.25 stars
Strengths: Provides brief exams that can be used for individuals or groups to evaluate which side of our brain influences learning styles and a self-administered survey based on The Paragon Learning Style Inventory (PLSI).
Concerns: No learning objectives are explicitly stated. Site could be better organized to bolster effectiveness.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 2.25 stars
Strengths: Is an easy to use site that provides a number of tools for individual or group assessment of learning styles and behavior.
Concerns: The Right and Left Brain Inventories Button on the main page produces an invalid error message. A little difficult to browse/navigate from page-to-page and returning to the main page.

Other Issues and Comments: None.
Comments from Author: The author explained that there are no learning objectives since instructors will be using it in many different ways. After viewing it, the instructors can determine how it best fits their learning outcomes.