Online Class: Understanding Learning Styles

After completing the course, you should be familiar with learning styles, the concept of multiple intelligences, and the basics of theories, such as constructivism.

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Course Description

Unlocking the Power of Learning Styles: Your Comprehensive Guide

Welcome to a transformative journey into the world of learning styles. Whether you're an educator, a business professional, a parent, or simply an individual with an insatiable thirst for knowledge, this course promises insights that will change the way you view learning forever.

Why is this course essential?

We live in a diverse world, where every individual has a unique way of processing information. Recognizing and understanding these variances can be the key to unlocking potential, both in academic settings and in everyday life. By delving deep into the nuances of learning styles, this course offers a blueprint for educators, trainers, and leaders to tailor their methods to match individual needs, thereby maximizing outcomes.

Here's what awaits you inside:

  • Historical Foundations: Embark on a historical exploration of learning style theory, tracing its evolution and understanding its foundational concepts.

  • Multiple Intelligences Unveiled: Dive deep into Howard Gardner's groundbreaking Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Learn how these distinct forms of intelligence intertwine with individual learning styles and influence how each person absorbs and processes information.

  • Assessment Techniques: Gain proficiency in assessing various learning styles, empowering you to customize instruction and engagement strategies.

  • Navigating Learning Challenges: Equip yourself with the knowledge to identify and address learning difficulties, ensuring every learner gets the best chance at success.

  • A Peek into Contemporary Research: Stay updated with the latest findings in the domain of learning styles. Understand how current research is shaping pedagogical techniques and offering newer perspectives.

  • Styles Explored: Delve into the characteristics and needs of intuitive learners, visual learners, verbal learners, active learners, reflective learners, sequential learners, and global learners. Recognizing these styles can be the first step in fostering an environment conducive to each learner's growth.

  • Iconic Models of Learning Styles: Explore influential models that have shaped the understanding of learning preferences, including Anthony Gregorc's Model, the Dunn and Dunn Learning Styles Model, and Neil Fleming's VARK Learning Style Model.

  • Constructivism & Its Implications: Engage with the fundamental theories of learning, such as constructivism, and comprehend their relevance in contemporary education and training.

  • Interactive Learning: Through quizzes and assessments, test your grasp of the content, ensuring a robust and comprehensive understanding of the material.

Whether you're designing a corporate training module, crafting a lesson plan, or simply looking to better understand yourself or those around you, this course will arm you with invaluable insights. By the end of your journey with us, you'll not only be familiar with the diverse learning styles but also possess the skills to cater to them, thereby fostering environments of enhanced understanding and growth. Dive in, and let's unravel the wonders of the human mind together!

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Course Motivation


Simply stated, learning styles are approaches and ways of learning. Not everyone learns the same way. Some of us learn more easily through seeing. Others learn more easily or primarily by listening. Yet others learn more easily through moving, doing, and touching.

Visual learners

As an example, a visual learner looks at the facial expression and body language of the teacher to understand a lesson. This type of learner will benefit from sitting at the front of the class. Plus, this student tries to avoid visual obstructions, such as looking out a window. These learners also often think in pictures and often take detailed notes. They usually especially love handouts, flip charts, videos, overheads, diagrams, and the illustrations in a textbook.

Auditory learners

Those who are auditory learners learn most easily by listening and talking. They like to take part in discussion and hear what others have to say. They pay particular attention to the voice and its intonation, pitch, and speed. Pictures often have less meaning than what these learners hear. They like to use a recorder and read aloud.

Tactile learners

If you are a tactile learner, you learn best by moving, touching, and doing. You like a hands-on approach. You love the physical world. You could have trouble sitting long. You can become distracted by your need for activity and exploring.

We don't all learn the same way. Of course, not everyone learns in just one way, but we do tend to favor a learning style. We will look more closely at learning styles later in this course.


Some of the other learning styles – in addition to visual, auditory, and tactile -  include global learners, sensory learners, intuitive learners, verbal learners, active learners, reflective learners, and sequential learners. We will look in greater detail at these throughout this course.


Let's review that learning theories describe how a student processes and retains information. This is related to learning style. Much goes into how we learn, as we retain information and acquire new skills. Our emotions, innate abilities, and environment influence our learning. Our experiences and world view influence us, as well, in how we learn. Here are some of the thoughts about learning.

  • Behaviorism looks at a system of rewards in education.

  • Cognitive theory looks at the learner and memory.

  • Constructivism looks at what a learner knows.

  • Multiple intelligences looks at various abilities.

  • Transformative learning looks at changing a world view.

We will examine these ideas throughout this course.


We have seen that each of us has a style of learning that involves a unique approach. As we look at non-traditional educational settings, such as with online learning, let's see how learning styles fit in. An online learner today, if they have a more introspective or introverted learning style, can find it easy to communicate in an online or computer-mediated environment. This could be in comparison to a traditional face to face classroom. Those who like visual communication could find visual elements easier to absorb in an online environment than in a traditional one.

In addition, those who learn well in a non-linear or non-systematic way could learn easily in an online environment, where the instruction could be less systematic and less hierarchical. A well-designed online course can meet the strengths of a variety of learning styles. The use of multiple instructional strategies is a best practice in an online and face-to-face class.

Those who design online courses should keep in mind that the visual or verbal learner learns best when reading information. The auditory learner learns most easily when listening. The nonverbal and visual learner learns well with graphics or pictures. The tactile learner does best with hands-on experiences.

For visual and verbal learners

If a learner is both visual and verbal, the learner does best with teaching materials that include slides and a blackboard. They do well with written materials, in contrast to pictures. An outline to follow can help this learner. They do well with textbooks. An online classroom can include information in writing, so this kind of learner can do well with that type of information.

For nonverbal and visual learners

This type of student learns most easily with picture and graphics. They learn well from videos, maps, films, and other graphics. Images and charts in textbooks, and not just written material, works well also for this learner. This type of learner may be artistic and enjoy any artistic parts of the learning experience. The online classroom can be a good place for this type of learner.

For the auditory and verbal learner

When information is presented orally, these learners do well, as they like to listen to lectures and be part of group discussions. They also learn well from audio recordings. Interacting with others in the classroom is also helpful. Web conferencing in the online classroom can help this kind of learner. The online environment that includes group participation and collaboration will help this kind of learner. 

For the tactile learner

Hands-on activities help this kind of learner. For the online classroom, this can include field trips or field work. It can also include classroom demonstrations and simulations. Lab sessions can help, also. Some online classrooms ask students to come to a physical location such as a lab for some of their work. Online discussion about these experiences can also help. An online dissection of a frog comes to mind as an activity that could help this kind of student in an online biology class. Having a student develop a presentation is another activity that could involve the student in a physical way and help the student learn.


Here is an idea of a way students can determine their learning style as they pick from this type of list, which applies to them.

  • Prefers information presented with a visual aid [visual learner]
  • Prefers to listen to a lecture [auditory learner]
  • Likes to write things down [visual learner]
  • Likes physical models [tactile learner]
  • Prefers graphics and charts [visual learner]
  • Likes maps [visual learner]
  • Prefers listening, to reading a textbook [visual learner]
  • Likes to learn by reading from a textbook [verbal learner]
  • Prefers news from a newspaper [visual learner]
  • Prefers news from a radio broadcast [auditory learner]
  • Learns spelling words by reading aloud [auditory learner]
  • Learns spelling words by looking at them [visual learner]
This approach determines if a person is primarily an auditory, visual, or tactile learner.
  • The auditory learner can concentrate on tapes, and listening again to lecture notes, and reciting aloud.

  • The visual learner can concentrate on charts, maps, notes, and flashcards. Writing out materials frequently can help.

  • The tactile learner can benefit by writing down materials over and over, plus keeping lecture notes and study sheets.

Of course no one is usually just one kind of learner, so using all the approaches can often help.

This course will also look at the basic differences in sensory and intuitive learners, visual and verbal learners, active learners, reflective learners, and sequential and global learners. In addition, we will look at the many ways -- including questionnaires and tests you can take -- to see where you fit in, or how you can help someone figure it out.

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Introduction

This course is not just for teachers, as the information about learning styles can relate to other aspects of everyday life: business, work, and family. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Assessment: Exam 1

Lesson 2: Beginnings of Theories

In this lesson, you will learn about individuals and groups that have approached this subject and how an interest in the learning styles began. Additional lesson topics: History of Learning Styles 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 2

Lesson 3: Constructivism

In this lesson, you will read about the history of constructivism and its role in a number of teaching strategies. Additional lesson topics: Constructionism; John Dewey, American Pragmatist 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 3

Lesson 4: Multiple Intelligences

Developed by Howard Gardner, multiple intelligences refer to many ways to demonstrate intellectual ability. Additional lesson topics: Musical Intelligence; Intelligence Definition 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 4

Lesson 5: Overview - Learning Styles

After completing this lesson, you will know the basic differences in learning styles for sensory learners, intuitive learners, visual learners, verbal learners, active learners, reflective learners, sequential learners, and global learners. Additional lesson topics: Learning Styles Resources 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 5

Lesson 6: Assessing Learning Styles

In this lesson we look at the various tools, such as questionnaires, available to help students, teachers, counselors, and parents assess a learning style to help optimize learning and provide assistance with other activities. Additional lesson topics: The VARK Questionnaire 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 6

Lesson 7: Learning Difficulties and Disabilities

After reading this lesson, you'll understand what educators and researchers mean when they refer to a learning disability (LD). Additional lesson topics: Types of Learning Disabilities 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 7

Lesson 8: Active and Reflective Learners

After completing this lesson, you should be familiar with the two learning styles, qualities of active and reflective learners, and how best to help maximize learning experiences. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 8

Lesson 9: Global Learners

After completing this lesson you will know about the qualities of the global learner and how best someone with this style can learn. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 9

Lesson 10: Sensory and Intuitive Learners

After completing this lesson, you should be able to name qualities of these learners and tips that could help teacher them. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 10

Lesson 11: Sequential Learners

After completing this lesson, you will know the qualities of this kind of student and how best someone with this style can learn. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 11

Lesson 12: Visual and Verbal Learning Styles

You should now be familiar with qualities of these learners and what study tips can help them with learning. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 12

Lesson 13: Current Research

After completing this lesson, you will be familiar with several areas of research, including the use of computers and technologies in today's classrooms -- and how these can relate to learning styles. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 13

Lesson 14: Benefits of Studying Learning Styles

In this lesson, we will look at aspects related to the learner, teacher, parent, and others who can benefit from studying learning styles. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 14

Lesson 15: Conclusion and Review

You should be familiar with the diversity of styles, multiple intelligences, assessment tools, issues related to difficulties in learning, and current research in the field. 87 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Lesson discussions: What is your opinion of this course?; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Assessment: Exam 15
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define types of learning styles.
  • Describe constructivism.
  • Describe multiple intelligences.
  • Describe methods for assessing learning styles.
  • Summarize learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Describe active and reflective learners.
  • Describe global learners.
  • Describe sensory and intuitive learners.
  • Describe sequential learners.
  • Describe visual and verbal learning styles.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Understanding Learning Styles
Course Number: 8900355
Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (2,456 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: October 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
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Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "The class really opened my eyes to the various learning styles and multiple intelligences. The format of the presentation was great." -- Diana M.
  • "This course had a lot of interesting information that I enjoyed learning about. It has a lot of applications for use in the classroom. Thank you!" -- Penn C.
  • "I think it has been a great class, with a lot of information that I will be able to use in the classroom." -- Heather N.
  • "Yes, I think this course was very helpful. It provided me with more insight into how people learn. It will come in handy with students and fellow colleagues." -- Rebecca D.
  • "I learned a lot and really enjoyed the course. It has helped me to evaluate my own learning style and that of my own children. I will use this information in my classroom also to help my students think about and understand their learning style." -- Kimberly S.
  • "I really enjoyed the class. It was great to gain better insight to some learning styles while also learning about some new ones. Typically we always reference to the visual, tactile and auditory learners, but there are so many more out there." -- Alissa M.
  • "This course was very informative and provides excellent information to help students learn based on their learning styles." -- Alyce P.
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