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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Let Me Learn

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Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.75 stars
Content Quality: 4.5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.75 stars
Reviewed: Apr 11, 2011 by Teacher Education
Overview: Let Me Learn presents recommended approaches to develop individual learning skills based on the principles of Brain-Mind Connections and Interactive Learning. The site offers a strong collection of educational research on interactive learning from K-12 through higher education graduate studies. It also offers a variety of application tools, online discussions and classes and professional development packages based on Let Me Learn principles.
Learning Goals: Develop interactive learning opportunities for learners at all levels that enhance their critical thinking and leadership abilities.
Target Student Population: K-12 educators, higher educators, educational researchers, staff development coordinators, individuals in business settings
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: No pre-requisites required.
Type of Material: reference
Recommended Uses: Resource for current research on interactive learning and brain-based learning at all educational levels. Self-directed learning on finding effective ways to support critical thinking and individual understanding of how one learns best.
Technical Requirements: Internet browser and Adobe reader. Sample videos require Flash.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: The site offers clear explanations and examples of the Let Me Learn approach and continues to build a strong collection of relevant educational research of effective ways to support learning and application of critical skills required of leaders in every field. The site provides examples from a variety of content areas and grade levels.
Concerns: While the research collection is free to all users, the organized programs, forums and materials are available for varying fees.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: Web site provides plenty of introductory material and insight into use. The various examples provide the user with several views as to focus of LML . As an instructor this approach appears be very easy to use (following training) with both individuals and groups. The site could be used in coursework for education majors. Descriptive elements and collection of full text educational research will support the user in meeting the objectives of developing and supporting a learning program based on the principles of interactive learning and individual understanding how learning happens and what ways and environments work best for the individual.
Concerns: The basic elements are available for and user. Beyond the basic there is a charge for the learning materials and professional development packages.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: This site is easy to use, easy to read, and easy to navigate back and forth between areas of information and application. The site also maintains a blog/journal for individual success stories, comments and questions. Users can also sign up for e-mail newsletters, RSS feeds of recent changes and can follow on Twitter.
Concerns: Would be useful to provide user with links that provide sample exercises about the LML approach. Link in Benefits section regarding Higher Education use not functioning (Who Else in Higher Education is using LML Process).

Other Issues and Comments: The site is sound and serves as a good research for those looking for current and rigorous research related to interactive learning. That in itself makes it a valuable tool to educators in times of constrained budgets.