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The Learning Styles Myth

Association eLearning

Some time ago, a colleague of mine wrote a blog called Learning Myths: Debunked , in which he stated that learning styles is a myth. Having obtained a degree in Elementary Education, I was shocked and still skeptical that learning styles was indeed a myth. As a student, I was consistently challenged to find new ways to teach a subject based on learning styles.

The Myth of Learning Styles

CourseArc

This is a great article by Jenny Anderson about the pervasive learning styles myth. You may think you learn better in a certain way. Instructional Design instructional design learning styles PedagogyIt is important to use conclusive research to improve instruction. You actually don’t.

Revisiting Learning Styles

Experiencing eLearning

As part of David Kelly’s Learning Styles Awareness Day , I’m revisiting the idea of learning styles. I admit that when I was taught learning styles in my education program, I didn’t question it. When I started digging into the research though, I realized that the research support for learning styles is pretty flimsy.

The Learning Styles Zombie

Clark Quinn

It’s June, and June is Learning Styles month for the Debunker’s Club. Now, I’ve gone off on Learning Styles before ( here , here , here , and here ), but it’s been a while, and they refuse to die. Surely, it make sense to adapt the learning to their style, so that we’re optimizing their outcome, right? meta-learning

Do Learning Styles Matter?

Integrated Learnings

At first, learning styles seemed to be a hot topic because theorists were interested in defining various style typologies and prescribing instructional implications. Hence, we have a lot of literature describing modalities, brain hemisphere preferences, Kolb’s styles, Gregorc’s styles, and more. Lately, a lot of folks are writing about the fallacy of learning styles. The idea is that no one can find an empirical study that supports the need to cater to learning styles. So, is it worth learning about learning styles?

Learning Styles Or Learning Preference?

LearnDash

There are fewer buzzwords in the elearning industry that result in a greater division than “learning style” I know from experience. The concept of learning styles is nearly as divisive as politics. As such, my intent isn’t to discuss learning styles. In the same respect, people prefer to learn information in a particular way.

Experts: Learning Styles Aren’t Evidence-supported

CLO Magazine

Do you know your learning style? Stop buying into this idea of establishing learning styles as an effective way to help people learn. The belief that we learn best when information is delivered in a preferred format definitely has intuitive appeal, the authors wrote. Even then, there are some blended learning styles that make this whole idea a bit murky.

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Do Learning Styles Really Work?

Experiencing eLearning

Does tailoring your content for different learning styles really work? Ready to learn more? Learning Styles are NOT an Effective Guide for Learning Design. Learning Styles: Worth Our Time? Revisiting Learning Styles. Filed under: e-Learning , Instructional Design , ResearchMaybe there’s a better use of your time and resources. View the presentation for more. (If If you’re reading this in email or a feed reader and don’t see anything below, you may have to click through to view the presentation.).

June is Debunk Learning Styles Month

Will at Work Learning

June is Debunk Learning Styles Month in the learning field! One of the most ubiquitous myths in the world today, learning styles has risen to a crescendo within the workplace learning field and in education as well. The idea is that if you diagnose learners on their learning styles and then tailor learning methods to the different style -- that learning results will improve. Research evidence suggests that using learning styles to guide learning design does not improve learning results.

Every learner is different but not because of their learning styles

Clive on Learning

I've been reading Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter Brown and Henry Roediger (Harvard University Press, 2014). Although, believe it or not, I do have a romantic side, primarily I'm a rationalist and I'm drawn to new evidence relating to learning and teaching, even if this confounds my current thinking. What a great book! debunkings research reviews

The Myth of Learning Styles

Oh That Rachel

That is, until you go and tell us to figure out our learning style. While I appreciate the idea behind learning styles and how wonderful they would be, if only they were actually useful. The Myth of Learning Styles Lynda.com was recently acquired by LinkedIn. The post The Myth of Learning Styles appeared first on Oh That Rachel.

Learning Styles are a Myth [INFOGRAPHIC]

LearnDash

Back in May I wrote a post on learning styles , giving a general overview of some of the more commonly mentioned style of today. Naturally, this seemed to cause some angst among some readers who find learning styles to be essentially non-existent. Healthy debate in any industry is always a good thing. Quite fascinating really. elearning instructional design

7 Major Learning Styles – Which One are You?

LearnDash

Everyone learns differently, that’s nothing new. However, over the years the different styles of learning have usually been cut down to visual, physical (learn-by-doing), or audible. Truth is, we could probably dissect each of these learning three styles down even further and arrive at a handful of sub-levels. elearning training

So many learning style tests, so little time.

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

I went looking for a learning style test for an online course. I thought a learning style test was a nice ramp up for an exercise where people had to blog about their own facilitator style - from the idea that it is good to know your own preferences and biases as a trainer/facilitator. How do you notice differences in learning styles? My take aways?

New Scientific Review of Learning Styles

Will at Work Learning

Just last month at the Debunker Club, we debunked the learning-styles approach to learning design based on our previous compilation of learning-styles debunking resources. The scientific status of learning styles theories. The distinction between abilities and styles is important to the authors: "The two are often confused, but the distinction is important. For ‘‘styles’’ to add any value to an account of human cognition and learning, it must mean something other than what ability means. Willingham, D. Hughes, E. 2015).

The Importance Of Learning Styles In E-Learning

G-Cube

Styles and guidelines are essential to all forms of instruction. This fact is not debated, but what is certainly questioned is the effectiveness of existing learning styles and their utility. What stands out in the study for me, in context of the current learning scene, are observations that are simple – but when put to practice means good business for the industry.

How to respond to learning-style believers

Making Change

“What do you mean, I shouldn’t accommodate people’s learning styles? You can’t tell me people don’t learn differently! ” Learning styles have been popularized by well-intentioned people, including possibly your professor of instructional design. Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown et al.

Learning Styles Challenge -- Year Eight -- Now at $5,000

Will at Work Learning

As of today, the Learning Styles Challenge payout is rising from $1000 to $5000! That is, if any person or group creates a real-world learning intervention that takes learning styles into account--and proves that such an intervention produces better learning results than a non-learning-styles intervention, they''ll be awarded $5,000! 2008).

Learning Styles, ha, ha, ha, ha

Jay Cross

Normally, I would not expect to get many chuckles from a 186-page report entitled Learning styles and pedagogy post-16 learning A systematic and critical review , 2004, by Frank Coffield, Institute of Education, University of London; David Moseley, University of Newcastle; Elaine Hall, University of Newcastle; Kathryn Ecclestone, University of Exeter. This is an exception.

Learning Styles in Training Development: Truth or Myth?

Trivantis

But how significant really is my “learning style” (visual vs. auditory vs. kinesthetic) in the learning and development community? Many studies from the last few years suggest that learning styles are a myth, a fad, a waste of time, etc. He actually believes there are several types of learning styles, including cognitive, affective, and perceptual.

Brain Science: Are Learning Styles Valid? by Art Kohn

Learning Solutions Magazine

During the last 30 years, the notion of learning styles has become popular in corporate training. explores the concept of learning styles and examines the evidence about its pedagogical effectiveness. Emerging Topics Getting Started Instructional Design Learning Research Training Strategies month’s column.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Learning Styles as Fortune Telling

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Monday, May 21, 2007 Learning Styles as Fortune Telling My research into understanding the role of learning styles in e-Learning continues. I was pointed in the direction of a good article on learning styles from Harold Stolovich via Guy Wallace.

Top 10 Reasons to Write a Blog Post Debunking the Learning Styles Myth

Will at Work Learning

The following represent the Top 10 Reasons to Write a Blog Post Debunking the Learning Styles Myth: 10. Several scientific review articles have been published showing that using learning styles to design learning produces no appreciable benefits. See The Debunker Club resource page on learning styles. The learning styles myth is so pervasive that the first 17 search topics on Google (as of June 1, 2015) continue to encourage the learning styles idea -- even though it is harmful to learners and wasteful as a learning method.

Learning Myths: Debunked

Association eLearning

Perhaps the most pervasive myth about education is the ubiquitous “learning styles” myth. Many of those hits are, tellingly, for websites trying to sell you their “learning styles” program. But these are not “learning styles” as such and should be treated with more respect. Daniel Willingham Learning Styles FAQ.

Learning styles don't exist

Clive on Learning

On the one side are the learning and development romantics, all voodoo and crystals, holding firm to their pseudo-psychological beliefs. On the other, the cold, clinical and calculating rationalists, trying to make sense of the multitude of interacting variables that impact on teaching and learning by resorting to the ultimate killjoy that is science. No-one doubts that learners differ in terms of personality and preferences, but whether these can be usefully categorised as learning styles is highly debatable and certainly unproven. You can guess which side I'm on.

The Mosaic of Learning Styles

Big Dog, Little Dog

Yes I'm a few days late for David Kelly’s Learning Styles ‘Awareness’ Day , so I hope you forgive me. While most of the recent posts on using learning styles in instructional design have been mainly against using them, I'm going to. Sensing and Intuitive Learning Styles. having a moderate or strong preference to that learning style.

Learning Styles: What Is All the Fuss About?

OpenSesame

I’ve recently been reading quite a few articles, tweets and blog posts about whether learning styles exist. If believing in the presence of diverse learning styles makes you a better designer and learning facilitator--great! Most I read make their arguments against, but there are still others who are holding onto their belief in the various models and theories.

Instructional Design: The Process – 1

Origin Learning

There have been all types of blend in learning, using all possible avenues from brick-and-mortar classrooms, virtual classrooms, eLearning, digital tutorials, videos, to xAPI tracking all forms of social or informal learning. Instructional Design (ID) is a process or systematic approach to developing the various learning courses or programs. What do we mean by learning styles?

Formative Assessments in E-Learning

Origin Learning

Assessments in any learning course – whether academic or corporate, are absolutely necessary because they ensure that the course is meetings its objectives. Unless there is a mechanism to test, the effectiveness of the learning program cannot be guaranteed, nor can the course be improvised. Monitors students’ learning to provide ongoing feedback. Summative assessment. Email *.

Collateral damage

E-Learning Provocateur

The L&D community may be divided into two camps: (1) Those for whom the mere mention of learning styles makes their blood boil; and (2) Those who are inexplicably unaware of the hullabaloo and are thus oblivious to the aforementioned boiling of blood. And I fear it may be an unintended casualty of the war on learning styles. This is sound advice. Would you read it?

Learning Styles Challenge -- Three-Year Update

Will at Work Learning

It has been over three years since I offered $1,000 to anyone who could demonstrate that utilizing learning styles improved learning outcomes. For all the talk about learning styles over the last 15 years, we might expect that I was at risk of quickly losing my money. Click here for the original challenge. So far, no one has even come close.

Learning Styles, Brain-Based Learning, and Daniel Willingham

Clark Quinn

I’ve gone off on learning styles before because there’s a lot of fluff and not much substance. I’d been pointed to Dan Willingham ’s video on brain based learning, and in pointing it to someone else, found his one on learning styles. My point has been that the learning styles instruments are broken, though the idea makes sense in that it helps teachers/instructors be sensitized to individual learner differences. Highly recommended, if you care about learning or education

Learning styles: Worth our time?

Making Change

If you had time to evaluate the research on learning styles, what would you conclude? Here’s what four cognitive psychologists concluded: “The contrast between the enormous popularity of the learning-styles approach within education and the lack of credible evidence for its utility is, in our opinion, striking and disturbing. If classi?cation and 0.7:

Learning styles: Worth our time?

Making Change

If you had time to evaluate the research on learning styles, what would you conclude? Here’s what four cognitive psychologists concluded: “The contrast between the enormous popularity of the learning-styles approach within education and the lack of credible evidence for its utility is, in our opinion, striking and disturbing. If classi?cation and 0.7: