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Lots of tools are available via the Web to help you diagnose, in yourself or your students, personal learning styles, personality and temperament differences, strengths and weaknesses in a multiple intelligences framework—and the educational implications of all these aspects of individuals. There are also plenty of ideas on alternative assessments, effective learning climates, course design, and so forth. Our favorites are listed below; please send us yours!
bullet Index of Learning Styles - assesses preferences on four dimensions (active/reflective, sensing/intuitive, visual/verbal, and sequential/global) of a learning style model
bullet Intelligence - good summary of definitions and theories of intelligence
bullet Keirsey Temperament Sorter - An on-line questionnaire designed to identify different kinds of personality. It is similar to other devices derived from Carl Jung's theory of “psychological types,” such as the Myers-Briggs, the Singer-Loomis, and the Grey-Wheelright.
bullet Multiple Intelligences Survey - helps to pinpoint strengths in linguistic-verbal, logical-mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, spatial-visual, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, naturalist, and spiritual-existential areas
bullet Personal Learning Style Inventory - brief questionnaire indicates whether your preferred learning style is visual (picture), kinesthetic (physical), or auditory (hearing)
bullet Plan the Trip - part of the comprehensive NextNET career exploration, planning, and job search site from Calgary, Canada; helps you identify your interests, skills, and values, plus how to research
bullet Self-Assessment - a more elaborate personal inventory and self-portrait; the first of University of Pennsylania's Five Steps to Career Discovery and Planning
bullet University of Michigan's Center for Research on Learning and Teaching - offers material academic integrity and incivility in the classroom; evaluation of teaching; learning styles and theories; multiculturalism/diversity in teaching; the scholarship of teaching and learning; syllabus and course design; teaching methods/approaches; testing, grading, and feedback on student learning; and using technology in teaching
bullet What Turns You On - a brief career planning worksheet

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