WS  Learning Theory Web Site Resources


Objective -  By the end of the lesson given instructions scholars will:


Assignment Description

The purpose of this exercise is to use a search engine such as Yahoo, Google, or Bing to locate a list of on-line resources and promote ideas for World Wide Web sites that would enhance your teaching. Today anyone can publish anything on the World Wide Web. Before selecting a Web site to use for teaching, you need to develop criteria for evaluating the efficacy of the site. Look for the credentials for the author, the sponsor, if there is one, attractiveness, ease of navigation, references used, and accuracy of the information. Take into consideration who will be accessing the site, you or your students? How will the information be used? Once you determine assessment criteria, you are ready to begin your search.

On-line resources may provide you with instructional support. Many sites offer instructional aid, lesson plane, activities and assessment tools. Sites can also provide information to the students for research, activities for directed discovery, or fun ways to explore the subject matter. One idea to is develop a scavenger hunt or Web quest which leads the to specific sites where your students must obtain specified information to report to you or perform a task which they must describe to you. On-line tutorials may help you learn new software, acquire more advances skills is your existing software, or help your students develop occupational skills.

Selecting a topic or topics relevant to your search can be challenging. A "key word" that is too broad will result in thousands of "hits" or sites many of which are not relevant to your topic. Sorting through them is overwhelming. On the other hand, a key word that is too narrow in scope will not yield many if any hits. Skill in selecting key words for search engines takes time and practice. Two sites that might help you are SearchEngineWatch which provide many tips on using search engines, and OWL which also offers tips on writing and many other useful topics. Different search engines may yield different results on the same key word. You may have to try several to locate one or two that meets your needs. You may find one search engine works best for your classes and another is more suited to your personal surfing. Unfortunately, this is not a "learn it once" skill, but an ongoing process you will hone throughout your teaching career.

You are on a quest to locate ten Web sites that discusses some aspect andragogical or pedagogical learning theory or instruction.  Topics include but are not limited to: Andragogy Vs pedagogy, learning styles, multiple intelligences, evaluation techniques, motivating the adolescent or adult learner, needs of the adolescent or adult learner, adolescent or adult learner characteristics, teaching methodologies or strategies for the adolescent or adult learner,  Bloom's taxonomy, Maslow's hierarchy of needs, learning theories, barriers, and principles as they apply to the adolescent or adult learner.  Many sites are dedicated to teaching English learners. They offer strategies, methods, games, handouts, lesson plan, ideas, and much more. The resources are endless. Many Web sites that address learning style preferences offer teaching tools, study ideas for students, and the same type of information you might find on sites dedicated to English learners.  The range of topics is limitless.  Remember to select sites that are age specific for your students (adolescent or adult).  If you locate a site that is applicable to all ages of learner, be describe how it applies to the age of your students (adolescent or adult).

Place your evaluation criteria at the beginning of your report and remember to apply it before selecting as site to include in this assignment. When you are satisfied the site is valid and reliable, copy and paste the hotlink into your memo. Use a numbered list to generate your annotated bibliography of 10 Web sites.  Following the link, describe in one paragraph the content and why you selected it.  Be sure to address each of the objectives for all sites. Follow the memo format we have been using this quarter and submit your criteria list or rubric as an attachment. Above all enjoy your search and above all HAVE FUN!


Grading Criteria

This assignment is worth 10% of your grade. 

Scholars meeting the following criteria will receive an "A."

Participation in the on-line discussion via e-mail 1 point