Week 2 Blog Assignment: Evaluating and Identifying Online Resources

This week’s assignment requires us to conduct research of online scholarly resources related to topics of The Brain and Learning, Information Processing Theory, and Problem-Solving Methods.

A journal article by Bilal Duman (2010) entitled, The effects of brain-based learning on the academic achievement of student with different learning styles, reports a finding of the effects of brain-based learning.

After searching for the connection between all three of these topics, I found an article in Walden Library databases at http://library.waldenu.edu.I performed a search on the topic of “brain and learning.” My search generated a journal entry from Educational Sciences: Theory & Practice by Bilal Duman. The journal entry relates to a study done by students from the department of Social Sciences Teacher Education in the Faculty of Education atMuglaUniversity investigating the effects of Brain-based learning (BBL) on the academic achievement of students with different learning styles. The journal entry acknowledges how learning styles affect students’ learning processes. It goes to state that the best way of imagining individual differences is through understanding learning styles. The article deals with knowledge of how the brain works and learns as well as how the brain functions highlighted in this week’s topics.

Long Term Memory: A Users Guide

Utilizing Google’s search engine I discovered a website dedicated to Long Term Memory (LTM) which has an effect on information processing and problem-solving. This article is identified as a user’s guide to update us with the characteristics and dynamics of long-term memory. Dr. Connie Malamed (2012) discusses the basics of long-term memory which is important in understanding cognitive psychology.  Cognitive psychology reflects on LMT as two types of memory which involve Explicit and Implicit memory. Other sections Dr. Malamed discusses in this article includes capacity, encoding, retrieval, and strategies use to improve encoding and retrieval. This article goes on to indicate that there are diverse strategies that instructional designers and learners can use to enhance encoding. I feel that having the education on how the brain operates is imperative to keep in mind as we endeavor to be successful as an instructional designer.

A journal article by Judy Strauss, Hope Corrigan, and Charles F. Hofacker (2011) entitled, Optimizing student learning: Examining the use of presentation slides, reports on finding concerning how students’ learning are affected by technology.

Another article I found in Walden Library databases at http://library.waldenu.edu from my point of view provides an instructional designer understanding of the information processing theory that was highlighted in this week assignment. This article explains how students’ learning has been optimized by use of presentation software such as Microsoft’s PowerPoint, Apple’s Keynote, or OpenOffice’s Impress. It also highlights three theories that they consider to be critical in improving marketing students’ education known as Multimedia information processing, learning styles, and constructivist learning. This article discusses step by step how students’ learning is affected by each of these theories.


Duman, B. (2010). The Effects of Brain-Based Learning on the Academic Achievement of Students with Different Learning Styles. Educational Sciences: Theory & Practice, 10(4), 2077-2103.

Malamed, C. (2011) Re: Long Term Memory: A Users Guide[Blog message]. Retrieved from http://theelearningcoach.com/learning/long-term-memory-and-learning/

Strauss, J., Corrigan, H., & Hofacker, C. F. (2011). Optimizing Student Learning: Examining the Use of Presentation Slides. Marketing Education Review, 21(2), 151-162. doi:10.2753/MER1052-8008210205

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