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.

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.

Strain the Brain for Better Results

Dashe & Thomson

Instructional Designers often strive to develop training material that is concise and easily digested by the target learners. Learning Style Theory Cognitive Strain CRT elearning instructional design Learning Theory

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Rapid Instructional Design for Accelerated Learning

Dashe & Thomson

Created in the military during World War II, the Instructional Systems Design (ISD) model has dominated curriculum design for the last 40 years. Meier says its weakness reflects a male-dominated point of view and a behavioristic approach to learning.

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. Daniel Willingham Learning Styles FAQ.

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.

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.

Do Your eLearning Lessons Appeal to a Variety of Learning Styles?

Integrated Learnings

I took a course on learning styles a few years ago. The instructor pointed out that training practitioners tend to design instruction that caters to their own dominant learning styles. Although this may be the most comfortable approach for the one designing the training, it may result in some learners being left behind. Learning styles have to do with how people perceive and process new information. Learning Modality + Definition.

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.

Making Learning Styles Come Alive in

Vignettes Learning

All it takes is an understanding of how the learner's brain works and use that to design interactive stories that make your session objectives come alive. Note: SRIA is a design methodology taught in the Story-Based eLearning Workshops 2. Tip # 33 - "Oh my Gosh 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".

Brain’s Rule! – How Understanding the Brain Can Improve Your Learning Content

Rob Hubbard

Increasingly I find myself turning away from learning theories and looking to brain science to hel p me design engaging and effective learning content. Typically they were designed for teaching students in classroom environments over a period of weeks and months.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Design Thinking for Human-Centered Learning

Learnnovators

A co-design process to focus on the learner and create human centered learning solutions. Designed by our Guest Blogger, Arun Pradhan. Arun Pradhan has over 17 years’ experience in digital and blended learning.

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Learning Theories Gone Wild – Urban Myths that Hurt Your Learning Designs

Bottom-Line Performance

The teacher had students take a “learning styles” assessment to determine their learning styles and assigned homework based on the learning style. I thought the myths around learning styles had been settled long ago.

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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. Here is a collection of the best learning science and instructional design-related posts from 2018. How to Learn Better.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Beginning Instructional Designers Toolkit

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Tuesday, May 01, 2007 Beginning Instructional Designers Toolkit I want to incorporate a reading list for the next level of the 30-minute masters (taking a crash course in Instructional Design). This would be for those who want to take their own learning to the next level. And I have learned a lot by looking into each of them.

Brain Learning and eLearning Design

The Learning Circuits

There's been a lot of discussion around cognitive theory and "how the brain learns." But even with all of that discussion there's a question of whether people are really making changes to the design of their online learning.

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How to Improve Student Retention in eLearning

CourseArc

Unlike regular classroom-based courses, digital learning poses an additional set of challenges for instructional designers and students alike. Sometimes even the most well-designed courses may not resonate with certain learners. Design for Simplicity.

5 Hobbies of Instructional Designers to Keep Them Going

CommLab India

If you are an instructional designer, who is passionate about learning and delivering knowledge, here are some useful hobbies that can be adapted to enhance your professional skills. To be a resourceful instructional designer, one should be passionate about learning.

Addressing the needs of visual learners in training

Matrix

Well, I just wanted to see for myself the image processor we call brain in full action. The human brain is said to process visuals 60,000 times faster than it does words. From this to how visual cues affect the adults’ process of learning was just a small step.

Your Brain Prefers Interactive Stories: Not Lectures

Vignettes Learning

What happens to the brain when it's exposed to an effective interactive story experience? Cause and Effect: The Story in a Nutshell Brains light up and get pumped up when we tell or listen to good stories. Our Instant Learning tips tell us to keep things short, precise and concise.

Recommended Research: Constructivism & Learning Technology

Adobe Captivate

Last week, we had an awesome virtual class on how to implement an effective gamification strategy within a corporate learning environment! In class, we briefly touched on some learning theories and research related to constructivism and the effective use of technology, games and gamification within the overall learning environment. A great explanation of what constructivism is, what helps us learn, and what learning truly is.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Brain Plasticity & Cognitive Abilities

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Thursday, May 24, 2007 Brain Plasticity & Cognitive Abilities Ive just read Richard Nantels post The Ultimate Pretest in which he talks about his interest in brain plasticity. Scientists are finding ways to change the brain through intellectual exercises. Havent yet read that brain plasticity book , but its on my list. Me brain feels very, very small.

What New Instructional Designers Need to Know About E-Learning

ATD Learning Technologies

Are we doing enough to help new instructional designers produce the types of e-learning experiences that we want to see? I trained as an instructional designer throughout the 2000s. I say “trained,” but it was more a case of, “Read this and learn.”

Accelerated Learning: Where Does It Fit In? | Social Learning Blog

Dashe & Thomson

Social Learning Blog Training and Performance Improvement in the Real World Home About Bios Subscribe to RSS Accelerated Learning: Where Does It Fit In? But now I wanted to find out more about Accelerated Learning. Those who learned kinesthetically didn’t have to draw pictures.

How to Build High Impact Courses that Get Lasting Results with Instructional Designer Julie Dirksen

LifterLMS

Learn how to build high impact courses that get lasting results with instructional designer Julie Dirksen in this LMScast episode with Chris Badgett of LifterLMS. Julie is the author of the book Design For How People Learn. Chris Badgett: To teach is to learn.

Books Not Recommended by Members of #lrnchat

eLearning Cyclops

Quinnovator : “Investing in Organizational Learning: The Cost Center Approach” Dave_Ferguson : Take It to the River: How Hammurabi the CEO Dealt with Naysayers and Nitpickers. Quinnovator : “Social Schmocial: Why Formal Is the only Real Learning” NYChase : The Client is Always Right. trchandler : "Class Evaluation Questions that Guarantee a Raise" minutebio : "Google Wave and How it Will Change Learning" Want to see the books that ARE recommended?

4 myths on how to spice things up in online learning

The eLearning Nomad

Most articles in the e-learning sector focus on self-paced e-learning modules (e.g. Yet ‘spicing things up’ means different things in different types of online learning. Myth #1: Adding visuals and interactive content is necessary to cater for all learning styles. First, the learning style theory has been debunked a long time ago. Design X number of different courses to make sure everyone is happy? They learned languages that way too.

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4 myths on how to spice things up in online learning

The eLearning Nomad

Most articles in the e-learning sector focus on self-paced e-learning modules (e.g. Yet ‘spicing things up’ means different things in different types of online learning. Myth #1: Adding visuals and interactive content is necessary to cater for all learning styles. First, the learning style theory has been debunked a long time ago. Design X number of different courses to make sure everyone is happy? They learned languages that way too.

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5 ways to become an L&D hero

Making Change

As always, I’m talking to training designers in the business world, not education.). We need to design experiences, not information. Design practice, not a quiz. 3 ways to save gobs of time when designing training. Scenario design courses open for registration.

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Using Design Thinking To Create Better Custom eLearning Solutions

Adobe Captivate

Design thinking is a recent phenomenon in the world of eLearning and it is a method that combines empathy, ideation, and problem-solving of complex and undefined problems. In this article, I will discuss how design thinking can be applied to create better eLearning courses.

Learning & development people unite!

Making Change

We, the downtrodden and ignored learning and development professionals of the world, hereby shake off the shackles of convention and obedience and proclaim the arrival of a new order, a new age of enlightenment in which we valiantly defend truth, honor, and our learners by… well, by not being such pushovers. We design activities, not information. When instruction is part of the solution, we don’t preach or present to learners. Instructional design process

20 Incredible Mobile Learning Quotes

Learnnovators

THE JOURNEY: We love mobile learning, and are excited about its potential, not just for learning, but also for performance support! As you would know, we have been trying our best to listen to some of the best brains in the world to get inspired.

Make Corporate Training Memorable With Cognitive Load Theory

PulseLearning

Cognitive Load Theory (CLT) is an instructional design theory that uses the science of how the human brain processes information to inform the design of learning materials so they are easy to comprehend and remember. How does the human brain process information?

TAMING INFORMATION OVERLOAD BEFORE IT DEVOURS

Wonderful Brain

Not too long ago we needed design tools like an artist’s palette demands a variety of colors; both to provide many ways to communicate both cognitively and emotionally. Now we have the technological capacity to deliver learning to anyone in the learning style to which they best respond across multiple platforms irrespective of time and geography. At the same time, as this graphic illustrates, our brains just can’t take it all in.

The secret sauce to training success: the ENGAGE Model

Matrix

Trainers and instructional designers would like nothing better than to be able to accommodate everybody and deliver on all desired outcomes and as a result constantly look for ways to make that happen. Read more: The learning brain and why L&D professionals should care about it.

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