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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. So, is it worth learning about learning styles?

Understanding Learning Styles Research

Experiencing eLearning

Too many people have been talking about learning styles research lately for me to try to cite them all here. Many have commented on the Learning Styles Don’t Exist video, for example. Via Karyn Romeis and Stephen Downes , I found two lengthy reviews of learning styles research: Learning styles and pedagogy in post-16 learning. Should we be using learning styles? These are my own learning goals, so to speak.

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The Cognitive Science Behind Learning

CLO Magazine

It’s the same with learning. To be able to determine whether a planned intervention — training, e-learning or otherwise — is appropriate, one must understand learning. The claim has been made, fairly, that the most complex thing in the known universe is the human brain. Therefore, to believe that a systematic and persistent change in operation can be done without a fairly deep understanding of the brain is simplistic. The Cognitive Umbrella.

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.

Recommended Reading Summary: A Chapter from “How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School”

Adobe Captivate

Chapter 1: “ Learning: From Speculation to Science ,” from How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School , by Bransford, Brown, and Cocking. The current methods we use to deliver learning have been shaped by research within the field of education, as well as related fields. Learning professionals now design curricula from a perspective that is more focused on the learner’s needs.

Metalearning and Learning Styles

Big Dog, Little Dog

One of the elements in the Periodic Chart of Agile Learning is metalearning — being aware of and taking control of one's own learning (Biggs, 1985). It is often used in Learning Style theory. This also apples to other types of learning styles.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Cognitive Flexibility Theory & Multiple Representations

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Wednesday, May 09, 2007 Cognitive Flexibility Theory & Multiple Representations After reading Clarks comment on my posting from yesterday , Ive been looking into Cognitive Flexibility Theory (Spiro), trying to better understand the notion of "multiple representations." (You My thinking has evolved way beyond that, and I think Ive wrapped my little brain around the concept.

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. take a slightly different position—not that we need to cater to each individual style, but that learning styles may be helpful when designing learning platforms.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Learning Styles

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Thursday, May 10, 2007 Learning Styles In 1996, when I first started working as an "instructional designer", I was taught about learning styles. In the context of e-Learning (back then it was just plain old CBT), this meant you had audio/video on the screen with timed text bullets. Obviously, there is diversity in learning.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Debunking the Learning Styles Myth

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Wednesday, May 16, 2007 Debunking the Learning Styles Myth As you may know, Ive been on a focused mission to better understand so-called learning styles and their place -- or not -- in e-Learning. Came across this post on Guy Wallaces Pursing Performance Blog, Debunking the Myth -- There Is No Such Thing as "Learning Styles".

Learning theories

Ed App

Five Current Learning Theories. Learning theories unpack complex cognitive processes and provide useful mental models for educators to structure and design courses around, while also providing insights on best practice during and after learning experiences.

How Effective are Video-Based Training Courses?

TOPYX LMS

While it’s good that employers provide training for their employees, it doesn’t mean that training is always effective. It’s amazing how the same exact training content is more effective delivered through one method as opposed to another. In the 2015 Video for Learning Pulse Survey , the Brandon Hall Group reported that about 95 percent of companies use some degree of video in their training. Also, this promotes low-stress learning.

5 Strategies for Designing Brain-Friendly e-Learning Courses

Trivantis

Ever wondered what’s going on in your learners’ brains as they’re working through your online training course? We have a few answers that will help you make your e-Learning course more brain-friendly and effective! Follow these 5 tips to create successful e-Learning—designed especially for the brain: Engage them, and they’ll learn. Learning is more effective if it’s done actively, rather than passively.

The Health Benefits of Continued Learning

KnowledgeCity

Research findings through the past decade indicate a variety of long-term health benefits of brain stimulation through continuous learning. Regardless of age or status, the process of continued learning offers numerous health benefits for those willing to pursue it. Continued Learning Raises Self-confidence. This level of cognitive development opens new social realms bringing more opportunities for growth.

The RETAIN Model for Creating Effective Courses

TalentLMS

Faculty and training managers have the best interests and intentions in mind to develop learning programs for their learners. With the widespread use of platform independent eLearning, instructors scramble to convert their existing courses’ content into online learning material. Unfortunately, most trainers and faculty believe that the deployment of powerpoint and pdf notes on a learning management system equals the development of eLearning content.

The RETAIN Model for Creating Effective Courses

TalentLMS

Faculty and training managers have the best interests and intentions in mind to develop learning programs for their learners. With the widespread use of platform independent eLearning, instructors scramble to convert their existing courses’ content into online learning material. Unfortunately, most trainers and faculty believe that the deployment of powerpoint and pdf notes on a learning management system equals the development of eLearning content.

Daily Bookmarks 07/19/2008

Experiencing eLearning

Examines what cognitive science actually tells us about different learning styles and argues that the best answer is to choose the modality that best suits the content rather than adapting to the student. tags: learning , cognition , learningstyles , research , education. Ask the Cognitive Scientist: "Brain-Based" Learning: More Fiction than Fact. tags: education , learning , research , neuroscience , cognition.

Using Design Thinking To Create Better Custom eLearning Solutions

Adobe Captivate

In my previous blogs on Whole Brain Learning and Kolb’s learning styles, I talked about how we can improve the learning process by using certain strategies that are targeted to individual learning styles. Same can be applied to the learning context.

Why explainer videos are a great eLearning solution

mysimpleshow

A video that explains content is more effective than a lengthy text. Learning. There are four identifiable styles of learning : ? audio learning (by means of listening). ? visual learning (by means of looking at images). ? Demonstration.

A Look Back At The Years Best From Learning Science And Instructional Design

Mike Taylor

Every Friday I post a weekly recap of the best articles, posts, and resources I find from the intersection of learning, design, and technology. I like to keep tabs on things related to workplace learning, technology, social tools that generally help people power up their learning so that they can work smarter. Here is a collection of the best learning science and instructional design-related posts from 2018. 2018 Blended Learning Studies: The Year in Review.

3 Myths That Prevent You from Learning

KnowledgeOne

It is important to fight them, not only for the sake of truth but because they can have adverse effects on our perception of ourselves or others. Without further ado, let’s take a look at three myths that may hinder your learning process! But what about the quality of your productivity, more precisely your cognitive performance? When these short sleepers are put in the laboratory, after two weeks, they sleep for 7 to 8 hours, and their cognitive performance improves.

Why explainer videos are a great eLearning solution

mysimpleshow

A video that explains content is more effective than a lengthy text. Learning. There are four identifiable styles of learning : ? audio learning (by means of listening). ? visual learning (by means of looking at images). ? Demonstration.

Evaluation Reinforces Learning

The Performance Improvement Blog

Evaluation of training and other learning interventions (e.g., coaching, Web-based programs, mentoring, internships), when done well, enhances learning. The idea is that forgetting is the friend of learning,” said Dr. Kornell.

Benefits Of Microlearning Videos To Drive Employee Engagement

Wizcabin

Apart from that, there are several other benefits of microlearning videos that make it useful for delivering a better learning experience. Microlearning can take several formats, including podcasts, games, text, e-learning animation , PowerPoint, and many more, to deliver a better learning experience. However, research has it that microlearning videos are the most effective. 5 Benefits Of Microlearning Videos To Deliver Better Learning Experience.

Science of Learning Summit highlights

Limestone Learning

I recently attended a two-day online ELearning Guild Science of Learning Summit presented by eight L&D industry leaders. The sessions, based on solid industry research, were really informative and validated how we design and develop learning solutions for our clients at Limestone Learning. The first rote memory research study was conducted in 1885 when Hermann Ebbinghaus tried to force people to learn information that was meaningless. Learning & Development

The Top 5 Advantages of Training Staff Online

Coggno

The human brain is magnificent and its capacity to learn new information is astounding, yet limited. Self-paced – Even when a time limitation is placed on online courses, the learning timeframe factors in that most learners would be taking a course in their spare time.

The Neuroscience of Cubs Fans

Learningtogo

This is a perfect example of what cognitive science calls magical thinking. Because the Cubs haven’t been to the World Series since 1945, some concluded that a cause and effect relationship exists where there is merely a coincidence. At the same time, this dark foreboding in their brain tells them that something will inevitably go wrong. Your brain, magic and survival. The Expectation Effect. The Brains of Cubs Fans Are Different.

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Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | December 27, 2019

Mike Taylor

How to take an evidence-informed approach to learning design: Driving impact informed by science. As learning professionals, we have a responsibility to truly support learners to do their jobs better and to enable them to be ready for the future. Conferences & Learning Events.

The Neuroscience of Cubs Fans, continued

Learningtogo

This is a perfect example of what cognitive science calls magical thinking. Because the Cubs haven’t been to the World Series since 1945, some concluded that a cause and effect relationship exists where there is merely a coincidence. Your brain, magic and survival. One of our most powerful survival tools has been our brain’s ability to analyze a current situation in light of past knowledge and predict the future. The Expectation Effect. Finally!

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Engaging Participants in the Learning Process Using the Arts

Training Industry

How do we make sure our employees are retaining more of what they’re learning? Bottom line: How do we get more learning and, in turn, behavior change from our training dollars? There are many ways to impact learning. One of the most effective ways to maximize training ROI is to use what we know from cognitive science. Drama-based learning is particularly effective in achieving behavioral change. How do we get more out of training our employees?

Neurology Should Drive Corporate Training Design

PulseLearning

When it comes to designing engaging and effective corporate training, the best place to start is by looking at how the human brain works – neurology. Just like vehicles need the right type of fuel to run smoothly, your brain requires the right input to for its learning processes to work as efficiently as possible. In this article, Pulse Learning presents four statistics that prove neurology should lead the way for corporate training design.

Learning Science Word Salad: 14 Terms to Know

Knowledge Guru

What percentage of your learning content are you okay with people forgetting? ” Organizations expect their employees to learn and remember everything. You don’t want to spend a bunch of time and money to create and implement a learning solution that no one will remember. Learners take a training course, but don’t apply what they learned because they don’t remember what they were taught. But what does the term learning science really mean?

Rapid Instructional Design for Accelerated Learning

Dashe & Thomson

However, according to Dave Meier, in The Accelerated Learning Handbook , the ISD model is “too slow, cumbersome, stiff, linear, and emotionally dull…to get the job done today.” Meier says its weakness reflects a male-dominated point of view and a behavioristic approach to learning. Its origin in the military explains why it is overly linear, analytical, verbal, left-brained, academic, top-down, and prescriptive. It is overly cognitive, verbal, and rationalistic.

Transform your PowerPoint into a PowerCast using Camtasia!

TechSmith Camtasia

He teaches both undergraduate and graduate educational technology courses in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Michael wrote a fantastic book on communication and learning through screencasts called PowerCasts – Creating Dynamic PowerPoint Screencasts with Camtasia Studio. He has also been published on The Educause Review twice, for articles titled Screencasting to Engage Learning and Creating a PowerPoint Screencast Using Camtasia Studio. Brain Pop.

You’ve Been Learning All Wrong or What I learned from “Make It Stick: the Science of Successful Learning”

Pract.us

Make learning stick with challenging study techniques. Everything you know about learning is wrong. McDaniel explain in their book, Make It Stick: the Science of Successful Learning , a lot of our most commonly employed strategies for learning have proven ineffective in research. And some unintuitive learning techniques yield better results. We’re doing learning wrong. The book stresses two main points: You may think you’re learning when you’re not.

Critical consumption of content

Litmos

This is money you could be using to do something more useful, like build in the basics of better learning science. Whether it’s learning styles, attention span of a goldfish, millennials, or more, it’s wrong. To be fair, learning styles is subtle. I’ve seen it tossed in casually in claims about a tool or platform, something like “can meet different learner styles”. And this is legitimate if it’s not proposing a fundamental change in our brains.

How to go about a multi-generational approach to e-learning

Matrix

Previously I have talked about the different demographics that make up the current workplace and their respective approaches to learning. Baby Boomers and Gen Zs for one, seem to have absolutely nothing in common and yet learning specialists are faced with the task of providing both these generations — along with the ones between them — with access to valuable educational materials, suited for their very diverse (and quite often divergent) needs and preferences.