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Peer Review

Positive Reinforcement: A Self-Instructional Exercise



Overall Numeric Rating:

4 stars
Content Quality: 4.8 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jul 03, 2005 by Psychology
Overview: "Positive Reinforcement: A Self-Instructional Exercise" is a web-based tutorial
for teaching the concept of positive reinforcement. This tutorial provides a
self-instructional exercise that defines the concept of positive reinforcement
and illustrates the concept with example/nonexample pairs. The authors also
provide practice example and nonexample exercises with feedback.
Type of Material: This is a text-based tutorial.
Recommended Uses: This exercise is intended as an instructional aid for student use in gaining an
understanding of the basic concept of positive reinforcement, which can then be
refined through additional study.
Technical Requirements: None.
Identify Major Learning Goals: The major purpose of this material is to teach the concept of positive
reinforcement and to demonstrate some of the important features of
self-instructional exercises that can be used effectively in distance education.
Target Student Population: The target population is college level students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Some understanding of introductory psychology is recommended, but it is not

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.8 stars
Strengths: The examples and nonexamples used to illustrate the concept of positive
reinforcement (as well as the test examples and nonexamples) are varied and
interesting. The format is an effective way to learn the essential defining
features of this concept. The technical notes and frequently asked questions
links are informative and useful.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The material consists of good examples and exercises. Although the focus of the
material is narrow (dealing only with positive reinforcement), an instructor
could utilize it effectively for teaching this concept.
Concerns: The lack of detailed theoretical background information on the concept might
limit the effectiveness of this tutorial.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This material is very easy to use and is well-written.

Other Issues and Comments: