We are pleased to offer these short meta-analyses on selected learning topics. Each section consists of an overview, recommendation, and references. Some topics also include a vendor section, as well as additional readings. Each meta-analysis consists of a review and analysis of the current literature. Specifically, when making recommendations, the breadth and depth of the literature are considered. For example, there are most likely a few studies that are contradictory and controversial, but it is important to view the literature as a whole.



A blog is an electronic tool that allows one to write and post written work online, and can be used in educational environments. Traditional papers, journals, reflections, and other written assignments, can be posted on a blog... View the meta-analysis




Research on audience response systems, better known as “clickers,” is mixed (Poirier & Feldman, 2012). Nonetheless, many researchers agree that using clickers generally improves students learning (Caldwell... View the meta-analysis




The literature addressing computers/laptops can generally be divided into three categories -- Internet access and computers at home (Stross, 2010), one-to-one initiatives in the k-12 environment (Hu, 2007), and the use of... View the meta-analysis


Interactive Whiteboard

Interactive whiteboard

Interactive whiteboards, often known as SmartBoards, combine a computer, projector, and dry erase board to make an interactive surface. While interactive whiteboards are popular in k-12 schools, there is little evidence that they... View the meta-analysis


Learning Overview

Learning overview

Adults and traditional students often describe that they learn differently than others. For example, adults may suggest that they have specific learning styles, left brain right brain dominance, and specific multiple intelligences. However... View the meta-analysis


Learning Styles

Learning styles

Fundamentally, the learning style theory asserts that people have preferred styles (or ways) in which they learn (Coffield, Moseley, Hall, & Ecclestone, 2004; Lilienfeld, Lynn, Ruscio, & Beyerstein, 2010; Pashler, McDaniel... View the meta-analysis


Left brain vs right brain

Left brain vs. right brain

The left brain vs. right brain theory suggests that people have a dominant brain hemisphere, and that the dominant hemisphere influences one’s learning and personality. Specifically, left brain dominant people are more logical... View the meta-analysis


Online Education

Online education

Online education is not new (Harasim, 2000; Mehrotra, Hollister, & McGahey, 2001). However, given recent advances in technology, online education is becoming more prevalent on campuses. Many schools are not offering both fully... View the meta-analysis


Video Games

Video games

Video games are very popular and often sell millions of copies on their opening weekend. For years, the aviation industry (McClernon, McCauley, O’Connor, & Warm, 2011) and military (Prensky, 2003) have used games to help... View the meta-analysis