Evaluating and Identifying Online Resources

Identifying legitimate online resources for key concepts, theories, subject matter research, and current trends is essential for the instructional designer. In today’s post, I will be discussing information processing theory and optimizing memory in the adult brain.

Education.com – Bringing Learning to Life is an educational website for parents. Parents have access to a wide variety of resources to help their children “reach their full potential and make learning fun” from kindergarten through college prep (Schraw & McCrudden, 2006). The article on information processing theory comes from this website. It is a well written article including information on the three components of information processing theory, sensory memory, working memory, and long term memory. The authors explain useful terms including limited attentional resources, automaticity, and selective processing. In addition, the authors discuss four implications for improving learning and instruction. An extensive bibliography is included at the end of the article.

I was impressed by this website and its wide variety of resources. It includes major sections for activities, worksheets, videos; find a school, colleges, and education A-Z. While the target audience is parents, the information available on this site is of exceptional quality, and beneficial to day care providers, pre-school teachers, and K-12 educators.

Johns Hopkins University School of Education, New Horizons for Learning is a professional website for educators. Information is available on this website for K-12 education as well as adult learners. In the article, ‘Optimizing Memory in the Adult Brain for Effectiveness in a Multitasking Society’, Markus discusses “senior moments”, current Alzheimer’s research, as well as research for “training the adult brain to function better and remember more clearly” (Markus, 2003, p. 1). There is a significant discussion of a two-year research study involving 2,802 participants where researchers examined the short and long term effects of memory training and problem solving for persons ranging in age from 65 to 94. The article also discusses NASA’s ‘Designs for Strong Minds (DSM) training program.

This is a professional website with a wide variety of quality resources. Johns Hopkins University of Education has an impeccable reputation. Because I work with adult learners, I will continue to access this website.


Schraw, G., & McCrudden, M. (2006). Information processing theory, source: the gale group. Retrieved from education.com website: http://www.education.com/print/information-processing-theory/

Markus, D. (2003). Optimizing memory in the adult brain for effectiveness in a multitasking society. Retrieved from Johns Hopkins University School of Education, New Horizons for Learning website: http://education.jhu.edu/newhorizons/Neurosciences/articles/Optimizing%20Memory%20in%20the%20Adult%20Brain/index.html


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