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? By Shelley A.

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. If I was teaching music today, I’d do that same kind of lesson, just not because of learning styles.

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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. If I was teaching music today, I’d do that same kind of lesson, just not because of learning styles.

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. cation of students’ learning styles has practical utility, it remains to be demonstrated.&#.

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. cation of students’ learning styles has practical utility, it remains to be demonstrated.&#.

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. Instead, learning should apply the results of learning science research, a veritable learning engineering. The consequences of not understanding the brain’s impact on learning, on the other hand, can be costly. The Cognitive Umbrella.

Rethinking Learning Styles

Clark Quinn

I’ve pointed out the problems with learning styles in the past, but I want to rethink them with you, as we took quite a positive out of them in a unique way. This was back in 99-2000, when I led a project developing an intelligently adaptive learning system (Intellectricity ™; inspired by Joe Miller ’s vision of a system that respected who you were as a learner). Tags: meta-learning

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. I asked a question about learning styles on Twitter and in Jane Hart's social learning community and got some good responses which made me really think!

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. After all, it’s best if the learner can focus on the learning event rather than on trying to interpret and decipher the meaning… Continue Reading The post Strain the Brain for Better Results appeared first on Social Learning Blog. Learning Style Theory Cognitive Strain CRT elearning instructional design Learning Theory

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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. Your ‘cognitive load’ is the amount of information your working memory can process at one time. Sweller stated that because working memory is limited, it should not be overloaded unnecessarily during the learning process.

Learning Styles in Training Development: Truth or Myth?

Trivantis

I’m a visual learner—that’s what some eLearning professionals would say—because I prefer memorizing from an outline rather than a lecture alone, or reading about a new topic instead of listening to a podcast about it. 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.

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. deep versus surface learning. imaginative versus analytic learners. common-sense versus dynamic learners.

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. A Critique of Learning Styles American Educator (Fall 1999) American Federation of Teachers.

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.

Introducing Constructivism in Education Part 1

The E-Learning Curve

Constructivism is an approach to learning based on the premise that cognition, or learning, is the result of mental construction: it's an active process in which learners construct new ideas, skills and behaviours based upon their prior and current knowledge, behaviour and skill assets. Continue Reading → The post Introducing Constructivism in Education Part 1 appeared first on E-Learning Curve Blog.

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 Bob Mosher: Performance Support and Learning at th.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Another take on Cognitive Load Theory

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Wednesday, April 18, 2007 Another take on Cognitive Load Theory The authors of the Eide Neurolearning Blog weigh in on recent research and articles on cognitive load (including the death of Powerpoint that have been talked about here ). One test showed me to be a VKA learner (Visual, Kinesthetic, Auditory). Bob Mosher: Performance Support and Learning at th.

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. He’s a cognitive psychologist (my background, btw), and is putting out the research-based views on these topics. Highly recommended, if you care about learning or education

Video Training Is Critical for Employee Success

KnowledgeCity

Clearly, the cognitive load to take in video training is much lighter than plunking down in front of a weighty how-to manual. Video Training Transcends Learning Styles. If you’ve spent long enough in the employee training world, you’ve likely heard there are three different learning styles : visual, auditory, and tactile (or kinaesthetic). If you’re using video in your employee training offering, there’s no need to memorize all the various styles.

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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. He’s a cognitive psychologist (my background, btw), and is putting out the research-based views on these topics. Highly recommended, if you care about learning or education

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.

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). However, since most educational and training activities normally teach learners what to learn, rather than how to learn, this is one task that does not come easily for some learners. It is often used in Learning Style theory. This also apples to other types of learning styles.

Recommended Reading Summary: A Chapter of “From Practice Fields to Communities of Practice”

Adobe Captivate

There have been radical shifts in thinking in recent years that have resulted in the study of social and cultural factors that influence learning. Situative perspectives typically consider the practice of and learning of a subject to be closely related processes, rather than two independent focuses. The text explores how to create a more supportive learning environment for students and what it means to learn as a member of a social group or community.

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.

Learning Styles are for the individual, not group

Big Dog, Little Dog

NOTE: I left this comment in eLearn Magazine's, Why Is the Research on Learning Styles Still Being Dismissed by Some Learning Leaders and Practitioners by Guy Wallace. Perhaps one of the best papers on learning styles is Coffield, Moseley, Hall, and Ecclestone's, Learning styles and pedagogy in post-16 learning: A systematic and critical review (PDF). Thus in some situations learning styles are important, while in others they are not.

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. In recent decades, teachers and researchers have discovered approaches that assist the learner in understanding and retaining new information.

CORPORATE INSTRUCTION IS STILL DISCONNECTED FROM MILLENNIAL LEARNING STYLES – A LIST BASED ON OBSERVATIONS IN THE WORKPLACE

Wonderful Brain

You’d think with all of this proven—and nowhere is it more evident than in large corporations—that learning programs would have been adjusted to align instruction with M proclivities for workplace education. So, with a grudging acceptance of what had to be learned, skills absorbed only if they had immediate utility, and behaviors, well…let’s just say the millennials I was working with and around were not among the receptive. Learning with multi-modal exposure.

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. The objective of this sectionis only to introduce the concepts and encourage the beginners to learn more about the models and theories.

Knock-Knock! Is Anybody in There? – Why Your Brain is Still Essentially a Black Box

Learningtogo

Skinner had no patience for attempts to study feelings or cognitive processes. The greater question about human cognition and how it takes place in the brain has implications for artificial intelligence as well, as Skinner pointed out: “The real question is not whether machines think but whether men do. What Can a Learning Professional Do with a Black Box? Remember learning styles ? The more we question our world, the more we learn about it.

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Constructivism 10: More Mindtools

The E-Learning Curve

Learning is not restricted to formal learning environments, and that learners can acquire sophisticated skills and advanced knowledge in natural learning situations. Computer-based technologies can be used as "mindtools" to immerse learners in a Cognitive Web. Continue Reading → The post Constructivism 10: More Mindtools appeared first on E-Learning Curve Blog.

Can Learning be as alluring as Hot Cakes?

Origin Learning

What if learners could choose how they learn? With these questions, a few thought leaders have explored what they call “Cafeteria style learning”. Each of these stations is meant to allow the learner to explore and apply the day’s content. As each activity is introduced, learners must approach it with the consideration: What do I feel most drawn toward? Such path-breaking innovations are what we probably need to make unconventional learning a reality.

How To Help Employees Balance Work and Learning: 3 Tips To Support Learners

G-Cube

Technology-aided learning programs allow employees to work on a more flexible schedule as it provides the flexibility of time and location. The learner needs to have considerable personal organization and study skills to engage in fruitful e-learning. With the aim of gaining professional excellence, most employees are willing to engage in lifelong learning, if only they find a way to manage work and learning commitments. e-Learning

eLearning Trivia

Association eLearning

a)Effective learning. b)Electronic learning. c)Everywhere learning. d)Estimated learning. a)cognitive overload. Learning styles are __. Answer Key: b) Electronic learning. The spelling of “eLearning” has never truly been standardized, but it’s agreed that it describes learning that takes place through electronic devices. a) cognitive overload. Despite widespread continuing belief, learning styles don’t exist/work.

That’s not my style: Learning preferences and instructional design

Obsidian Learning

In a recent blog post published by the New York Times , Anna North noted that the concept of “learning styles” is still prevalent among educators, even though there is little empirical research to support it. In fact, students preparing to be teachers are often taught about “learning styles” in their courses. Let’s take a look at what the research literature has to say on “learning styles” and how they apply to instruction.

6 Memory Tricks to Use on Your e-Learners

Trivantis

Online training is only helpful if your learners remember the information, so they can apply it to their jobs. What your memory is really for is giving you information about what to expect in the world and how to solve problems in those situations,” says Art Markman, cognitive psychologist and author of Smart Thinking. Successful online training will fill the learner’s memory with valuable information that he or she can use at work in real life. Learning styles.

RETHINKING THE RAZOR “ILT HAS THE SHELF LIFE OF MILK” or an INTRODUCTION TO Instructor Led Interactive Learning (ILIL or Live Action Learning)

Wonderful Brain

And the reason – not to wiggle out of my cliché – is that too often even great instructors after taking learners through material can be satisfied they met their requirements. Yes, but… ILT is not repeatable – so unlike an online learning course – how can an employee (for example) revisit content or a methodology to clarify, refresh, relearn since left with only their legacy materials they have no first hand source from which to seek help?

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