Online Class: Understanding Learning Styles
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Welcome to this course on learning styles.
After completing it, you should have a basic understanding of different learning styles and how they apply to today's students. You will learn about:
the beginnings of learning style theory
multiple intelligences, and how these apply to learning styles
assessing learning styles
difficulties with learning
current research in the field
This course is not just for teachers, as the information about learning styles can relate to other aspects of everyday life, such as business, work, and family.
Some of the fascinating material we will cover includes: intuitive learners, visual learners, verbal learners, active learners, reflective learners, sequential learners, and global learners.
We cover the beginnings of learning styles to include the model developed by Anthony Gregorc, the Dunn and Dunn Learning Styles Model, Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences, and Neil Fleming's VARK Learning Style Model.
The course also includes quizzes to help you assess your understanding of the material. After completing the course, you should be familiar with learning styles, the concept of multiple intelligences, and the basics of theories, such as constructivism. You should also be familiar with how to assess learning styles, and begin to address learning difficulties, plus have an understanding of issues involved in current research as it relates to learning styles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OTHER LEARNING STYLES
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.
LEARNING STYLES AND TODAY'S ONLINE LEARNER
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.
DETERMINING LEARNING STYLE
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]
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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Lesson 1: Introduction
Lesson 2: Beginnings of Theories
Lesson 3: Constructivism
Lesson 4: Multiple Intelligences
Lesson 5: Overview - Learning Styles
Lesson 6: Assessing Learning Styles
Lesson 7: Learning Difficulties and Disabilities
Lesson 8: Active and Reflective Learners
Lesson 9: Global Learners
Lesson 10: Sensory and Intuitive Learners
Lesson 11: Sequential Learners
Lesson 12: Visual and Verbal Learning Styles
Lesson 13: Current Research
Lesson 14: Benefits of Studying Learning Styles
Lesson 15: Conclusion and Review
- 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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- "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.
- "This class was very informative and helpful." -- Chris M.
- "Very helpful and informative!" -- Jorge E.
- "Great course, very well organized. It's clear from the content that the instructor is an expert in his field." -- Daniel W.
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