According to the author ?This page provides an explanation of what learning styles and multiple intelligences are all about, an interactive assessment of your learning style/MI, and practical tips to make your learning style work for you.?
Type of Material:
A site provides basic information about Learning Styles, including an interactive quiz to assess one?s own Learning Style preferences. To a lesser degree this site also provides some basic information about Multiple Intelligences. People interested in these topics might also find the use of the discussion board interesting
No special plug-ins are required to use this information. However, there is a link of the main ldpride.net page to software called Help Read, which is a free text reader that reads web pages and other text files out loud.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The major learning goal of Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences is to provide basic information about the different types of learning styles and the theory of multiple intelligences. Invisible disabilities are also addressed.
Target Student Population:
This site is appropriate for students in middle and high school, college, and teachers in training.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The information defining and describing Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences is basic but accurate and clearly stated. The 30-item Interactive Learning Styles Test works very well and gives the user percentages and a bar graph showing relative preferences for learning styles. It is perhas the most enlightening and useful aspect of this site. Tips offered for users with different learning style preferences are practical. Additional links to more information on the Internet about Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles are provided. This site was developed by and for adults with invisible disabilities and the information on Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences is a part of a larger site called ldpride.net. Off the main page of ldpride.net users can link to software called Help Read, which is a free text reader that reads web pages and other text files out loud.
The multiple intelligences information is not up-to-date to include the most recently added intelligences - naturalist and existentialist. The multiple intelligences online quiz is no longer available. The link to an Interactive Multiple Intelligence Test takes you to another website where it is unclear how to take such a quiz without signing up to join something. The majority of the links on the MI links page take you to a course called Learning to Learn, which is no longer maintained. Although, there are links to newer websites, most of these take you to sites that require a number to login.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This site does not appear to have been designed for use in an academic setting. No research backing is provided and there are do citations. It is recommended that this site be used in only a very introductory sense. Nevertheless,
permission is granted to link to this website, which makes it easy for instructors to link to this information rather than spend time developing their own webpages about Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences. It might be best used as one of a number of websites suggested by an instructor for students to go to gather information about LS and MI before class, or perhaps as just one of many possible resources for doing research on the Internet about MI or LS.
While the information provided is useful, this is not a stand-alone site and should not be considered by anyone as the authority on Learning Styles or Multiple Intelligences. Any instructor using this information will want to supplement it and provide students with opportunities to apply the information they have learned.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The format, structure, and navigation within this site works well. The pages are similar in look and feel. There is a menu of links to the rest of the ldpride,net website at the bottom of each page. Links to other information on the Internet about Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences all open up in new windows, so connectivity to the original site is not lost.
Several of the links to more information about Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences are broken and some go to sites that are no longer maintained. Not being able to get to the site of the Interactive Multiple Intelligence Test is especially frustrating because even though you can continue to a newer site you still cannot readily access this interactive quiz. No where on the site does it say when the information was last updated, which usually helps users know if the site is actively maintained or not.
Other Issues and Comments:
Inspired by Deaf Pride, this site has been developed as an interactive community resource for adults with invisible disabilities (ID) such as learning disabilities (LD), mental illness, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder and other neurological disorders. This site is the home of the Vancouver Island Invisible Disabilities Association (VIDA), non-profit society for young adults with invisible disabilities located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The link between learning styles/multiple intelligences and invisible disabilities is not adequate for the basic user's understanding. Not all learning style differences result in or are the result of learning disabilities. This should be made clear to the reader to avoid possible concern.
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