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.

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.&#.

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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.&#.

Situated Learning Styles

Clark Quinn

I’ve been thrust back into learning styles, and saw an interesting relationship that bears repeating. Now you should know I’ve been highly critical of learning styles for at least a decade; not because I think there’s anything wrong with the concept, but because the instruments are flawed, and the implications for learning design are questionable. Regardless, using the best media for the message and an enlightened learning pedagogy seems best.

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.

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. Effect size.

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. The argument is that in the absence of such evidence, don’t waste time and money trying to match your teaching style to everyone’s learning styles; instead, divert that energy towards other, evidence-based pedagogy.

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.

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. In other words, the more complex details you incorporate in your design, the less effective course becomes. Instructional content that is designed based on understanding who your audience is , and what their learning styles are, is more likely to be learned, absorbed, and retained by your learners.

Style counsel

E-Learning Provocateur

And the echo chamber has been giving learning styles a beating. VAK is perhaps the most popular model of learning styles used in the corporate sector today: V stands for “Visual&#. These people learn best by seeing. These people learn best by listening. K stands for “Kinaesthetic “ These people learn best by touching and feeling. It is important to note that all learners exhibit a mixture of V, A, R & K learning styles.

6 Immersive Self-paced Learning Strategies to Maximize the Efficiency of Virtual Training Programs

EI Design

In this article, I share 6 immersive Self-paced learning strategies for maximizing the efficiency of your Virtual Training programs. Fully Online (Self-paced Training): Offering highly immersive learning approaches such as Microlearning, Mobile Learning, Gamification, and much more.

A convenient untruth

Learning with 'e's

One of the biggest myths known to teacherdom is learning styles. Time and time again, the belief that students can be placed into specific categories such as activist or theorist, or that they are predominantly inclined toward one modal category of learning (e.g. And time and again, such beliefs are the justification for placing students into a specific style of learning so that a class can be 'managed' more effectively. 2010) The Myth of Learning Styles.

E-Learning Design Part 6: CDSM’s Active Learning Model™

CDSM

Throughout this series on e-learning design , we have looked at some of the learning theories that help to form the method and practice behind our award-winning e-learning. This is known as our ‘ pedagogy ’. What is CDSM’s Active Learning Model™? CDSM is a commercial e-learning company. This means that we are one of a number of national brands that claim expertise and excellence in designing and developing e-learning courses.

Blogging: Five of the best

Learning with 'e's

That is one of the key reasons I believe blogging is a powerful method of professional engagement, and as Lawrence Lessig argues: "Blogging, a bit like forums, are spaces where people can congregate to share ideas, engage in dialogue over particular issues, and learn a great deal. So here they are - the top five posts in the history of Learning With 'E's: 1. The questions related to learning styles, and whether they could be useful in higher education.

5 Advantages of Custom Elearning Development for In-House Learning Teams

Learnkit

Copying and pasting templated learning materials just won’t cut it anymore. The advances in technology, as well as teaching theory about how to best apply technology to increase learning effectiveness, have given way to numerous benefits for corporate training and employee education. By leveraging a custom elearning approach, organizations are able to tailor elearning to their business strategy and relish in greater returns on their learning investments.

The disillusionment of training

Learning Cafe

The Freedictionary provides the following description of disillusionment; “having lost one’s ideals, illusions, or false ideas about someone or something; disenchanted” I’ve been spending a lot of time recently thinking about the role of training in an organisation and my own journey in to the learning profession. Learning Styles (Honey & Mumford). As a Learning Professional I do feel a certain amount of disillusionment about where this place is.

Investing in the Best Online Learning Platform for Education

Hurix Digital

The eLearning landscape is rapidly evolving as more and more institutions and universities recognize the benefits that the online learning platform brings to learners. Online Learning Platforms and Their Advantages for Institutions. Different Types of Online Learning Platforms.

How Machine Learning and AI are Making Online Learning More Beneficial

QuoDeck

Online learning ( aka E-Learning ) is now considered to be an integral part of the education sector. In simple words, online learning refers to the type of learning where the learning process is mediated by the internet i.e. the learners use the internet to learn. Online learning is gaining tremendous popularity. Online learning owes much of its popularity and efficiency to machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI).

The Profile of an e-Learner: It pays to know your learner better

G-Cube

Technology-aided learning has found a strong foothold in corporate learning in the past decade or so. This success has motivated companies and professionals to identify ways of increasing the impact and effectiveness of e-learning. Research in education is focusing n instructional designs and learning methodologies that can be implemented to increase the effectiveness of e-learning. In our busy lives, it is often a challenge to find time to learn.

MOOCs Treat All Learners the Same

Your Training Edge

Read the previous article: People Don’t Learn as Well Online. They have different learning styles and preferences, different needs and different questions. For education to be effective and engaging, it needs to be adaptable for the needs of individual learners. Many courses use collaborative project-based learning rather than online quizzes and tests, so learners can choose their projects and their teams according to their interests.

Online Classes vs Traditional Classes – Find the Best for You

learnWorlds

Since the emergence of online learning, there has been a discussion on whether online classes are better than traditional classes. In the case of distance learning, it may be most appropriate at colleges and universities. What is Online Learning? What is Online Learning?

VIDEO BLOG - Can You Make One Cap Fit All When It Comes To Learning?

Unicorn Training

It is impossible to take a ‘one-cap fits all’ attitude to learning. The whole academic field of pedagogy is dedicated to the science of learning styles. But when it comes to creating eLearning the most important thing for us has always been to understand that people do learn differently and cater for that, not get bogged down in why. Who hasn’t sat there looking at something feeling completely uninspired when the person next to us is completely engrossed?

10 Best Practices in Online Course Development

Hurix Digital

The key focus of online learning is to make the process of imparting and absorbing knowledge more engaging and effective. Since in an online setup, learning is mediated through technology, the success of any educational program rests primarily on the design and structure of the course.

The Andragogy Theory

Ed App

Malcom Shepherd Knowles (1968) coined the Andragogy Theory as the theory of adult learning. It is no surprise that adults learn differently than children, whereby adults are self-direction and ready to learn. . There has been much research into pedagogy over the year, however significantly less study of andragogy. The two sport a multitude of differences, where the latter capitalizes on unique learning styles and strengths of adult learners.

Top 113 eLearning Posts and 28 Hottest Topics for 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

Twitter for Learning – 55 Great Articles - eLearning Technology , March 24, 2010. 10 Ways To Learn In 2010 - The eLearning Coach , January 3, 2010. Social Learning Strategies Checklist - Social Enterprise Blog , January 11, 2010. Four roles for social media in workplace learning - Clive on Learning , September 28, 2010. Performance Learning Productivity , May 28, 2010. Taxonomy of Learning Theories - E-Learning Provocateur , January 12, 2010.

Any e-learning professional

CommLab India

The way e-learning has transformed the distribution of information is truly remarkable. From A-Z, the e-learning industry has a language all its own. In this article, I am listing the various terms involved in a successful e-learning. Here is my A-Z of e-learning. A – Adult Learning Principles. Part of being an effective educator involves understanding how adults learn best –Steven Lieb. B – Blended Learning .

The pros and cons of adaptive learning

Litmos

Among the many areas drawing interest of late is that of adaptive learning. Enabled by technology advances, we can now begin to change learning on the fly. The origin of adaptive learning really was born from the research in intelligent tutoring systems. The promise today is that with adaptive learning, we can give individual learners what they need, and achieve those better outcomes. To start with, we can differentiate learning based upon some groupings.

Interview with Terry Anderson

Learning with 'e's

He is one of the pioneers of online and distance learning, and currently serves as the editor of the influential online open access journal International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning ( IRRODL ). His work around the study of social and cognitive presence in distance learning contexts has been cited many times, and his research has led to a number of high profile keynote speech invitations around the globe. Learning from cyberspace.

How Online Learners Are Using Interactive Video Transcripts [STUDY]

3Play Media

Recently, after completing online courses for the fall 2012 semester with MIT’s OpenCourseWare , students volunteered information about their learning experience. More collegiate and post-collegiate learning is moving online as students seek educational alternatives, wishing to attend classes on a flexible schedule. Our sample size has allowed us to determine a multitude about the way students prefer to learn online. Learn in a multi-sensory mode.

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9 Tips to Create Engaging Microlearning Content

Disprz

At the risk of stating the obvious, microlearning is a brief and targeted learning approach where learners consume instructional content in short chunks or bites. Millennials learn differently: they want to pull information on their own at the time they require, rather than being pushed from the other side. Their attention span is also falling, and the world is shifting fast from degree-based to skill-based learning pedagogy. Acknowledge that people learn differently.

Clark Quinn – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

ABOUT CLARK QUINN (Learning Technology Strategist): Clark Quinn, Ph.D., helps organizations align technology with how we think, work, and learn. ABOUT THIS INTERVIEW SERIES: ‘ Crystal Balling with Learnnovators ’ is a thought-provoking interview series that attempts to gaze into the future of e-learning. It comprises stimulating discussions with industry experts and product evangelists on emerging trends in the learning landscape.

LearnTrends - Google Wave - DevLearn - Best of eLearning Learning

eLearning Learning Posts

Best of eLearning Learning. Online Learning Technologies–Past, Present, and Future. Why The Death Of The Newspaper Industry Should Scare The Hell Out Of The Learning Industry. Social Media: Trends and Implications for Learning. Learning Putty , November 20, 2009. Top 50 Mobile Learning Resources - Upside Learning Blog , November 2, 2009. Learning Conversations , November 13, 2009. eLearning report: Review of Learning 2.0

CLARK QUINN – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS

Learnnovators

ABOUT CLARK QUINN (Learning Technology Strategist): Clark Quinn, Ph.D., helps organizations align technology with how we think, work, and learn. ABOUT THIS INTERVIEW SERIES: ‘ Crystal Balling with Learnnovators ’ is a thought-provoking interview series that attempts to gaze into the future of e-learning. It comprises stimulating discussions with industry experts and product evangelists on emerging trends in the learning landscape.

How Online Learners Are Using Interactive Video Transcripts [STUDY]

3Play Media

Recently, after completing online courses for the fall 2012 semester with MIT’s OpenCourseWare , students volunteered information about their learning experience. More collegiate and post-collegiate learning is moving online as students seek educational alternatives, wishing to attend classes on a flexible schedule. Our sample size has allowed us to determine a multitude about the way students prefer to learn online. Learn in a multi-sensory mode.

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Top 47 Posts and 10 Hot Topics for February

eLearning Learning Posts

Best of eLearning Learning. Here they are (I have removed one or two as I don’t agree with them, and have put my interpretations at the bottom): Definition of an E-Learning Curve – Bloom’s Taxonomy - The E-Learning Curve , February 4, 2010 A colleague recently asked me “What is an e-learning curve?&# Making Sense Of The iPad For Online Learning - The eLearning Coach , February 8, 2010 The noise about the release of Apple’s iPad has been a bit overwhelming.

Free e-Learning books

eFront

News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 11/14/2010 Free e-Learning books Since I am a great fun of open source software ( Open Source Authoring Tools for e-Learning , Free and Open Source Web Conferencing Tools for e-Learning ) and active member of online communities I created the following list with free e-Learning books. => Dunlap Learning 2.0

Top 75 eLearning Posts - May 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

Best of eLearning Learning. Performance Learning Productivity , May 28, 2010 Instructional design is not only seen as a core competency for learning and development/training specialists, but it’s a huge industry, too. Most learning vendors tout their ‘expertise in instructional design’ as a key reason as to why we should engage them to produce learning content. learning is a mix of formal and informal , not one or the other. May 2010.