The resource is a free online textbook from Wikibooks entitled Learning Theories.
The following learning theories are the focus: Behavioralist, Constructivist, Adult Learning and Post-Modern. It also gives in-depth coverage on Organizational Learning that include Triggers, Influencing and Factors, Agents and Processes, Inter-organizational and Practice. The third area looked at is Knowledge Management that explores Challenges, Processes, Leadership, Change.
The resource is quite detailed and includes cases and examples.
Type of Material:
Open Textbook. Editable material
For faculty and teacher training workshops or round tables.
Google Chrome was used to access the material.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Explain learning theories
Target Student Population:
Any student or faculty interested in learning theories.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Users would benefit if they would have had prior knowledge of subject.
Prior knowledge can be at a level one Certificate or Diploma.
The content provided is educationally significant and ready for use.
The content is valid, and the references are quite adequate. Up to date wikibook with lots of information on learning theories.
There are no obvious concerns with the resources. However, with the various authors adding to the material, some level of skepticism will be present.
Are there specific requirements of those who are adding?
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The resource is as effective as some other teaching materials.
The information is properly organised.
Resource is appropriate for higher education.
It provides effective introductions and has visual appeal as it is not crowded with graphics etc. Up to date and provides older material not often referenced in older books
Does not articulate the goals of the resource, hence users will not know what are the expected outcomes.
It would have been more appealing if some level of interactivity were included.
Does not provide effective overviews and summaries when applicable
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The resource is clearly designed, information clearly presented, well organized and logically sequenced.
It is presented in ways that are familiar for the intended audience. Very usable and has many links to other information.
Although the resource is clearly designed, it could be improved with more links to related materials and a glossary.
Other Issues and Comments:
Some positives of the resource are:
It is available in Word and PDF formats.
It is user friendly and carries good cases and examples.
Does not require the use of a computer at all times because the material is printable.
On the negative side, the video links do not work, or, are not accessible.
Some of the URL have been removed or not accessible
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