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 post The Learning Styles Myth appeared first on Knowledge Direct.

Multi-Modal Learning Isn’t Learning Styles

Association eLearning

Several of my colleagues have already written about learning styles being debunked and proven to be a myth. This post is about an alternate method, called multi-modal learning, which is not a myth. It can be easily confused with learning styles, so I feel that it deserves some clarification. What is Multi-Modal Learning? That’s the basics behind multi-modal learning. Why Does it Get Confused With Learning Styles?


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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? By Shelley A.

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.

What is Adult Learning Theory?


Every trainer’s ambition is to make corporate learning as impactful and engaging as possible. One method to master great training and course creation is by understanding how your learner’s mind works. Adult Learning Theory, also known as a ndragogy is a concept that has been around for years. It highlights the distinct ways adults best respond to learning and it’s a must-know for any training provider. What is Adult Learning Theory?

Unleashing Superheroes – Learning Style

Growth Engineering

This week I explore how tapping into different learning styles lets you build engaging online training for different types of learner and Unleash Superheroes in your organisation! Most of all it’s time to pack away the woolies, bring out the superhero spring wardrobe and check out this season’s styles! This week, as I dusted off my favourite seasonal superhero cape, I pondered a style dilemma of the non-fashion variety. How many styles are there?

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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eLearning Trivia

Association eLearning

a)Effective learning. b)Electronic learning. c)Everywhere learning. d)Estimated learning. 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. Despite widespread continuing belief, learning styles don’t exist/work. This is referred to as multi-modal learning.

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. Teachers and trainers do, anyway, have far more important issues to consider when considering their interactions with learners.

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.

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. As I learned last week – there are numerous unproven learning theories still running amok among designers and educators. These theories turn into urban legends that people view as facts.

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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.

Constructivism 9: Mindtools

The E-Learning Curve

Mindtools are computer-based tools and learning environments that have been adapted or developed to function as intellectual partners with the learner in order to engage and facilitate critical thinking and higher order learning. Mindtools are knowledge construction tools that learners learn with, not from. Continue Reading → The post Constructivism 9: Mindtools appeared first on E-Learning Curve Blog.

Back To Basics: What is ADDIE?

Obsidian Learning

Clearly stating your learning goals at the beginning will help you define the roadmap for your course. Many courses have run off the rails because the desired changes in learner behavior were not clearly defined at the start of a project. How are you going to get your learners where they need to be? Typically, in the Design phase you will: Write learning objectives. If procedures for trainers and learners have not yet been developed, they are established in this phase.


Style counsel

E-Learning Provocateur

And the echo chamber has been giving learning styles a beating. The theory. 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. For kinaesthetic learners, I suggest doing something with the shape.

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.

Forget Me Not – How to Ensure Learners Remember

Rob Hubbard

It shows that after just a short period of time we forget the majority of learned information. Make the material relevant to the learner and linked to what they already to increase the chances of them remembering it. As you can see from the graph; what happens after the learning event is, if anything, more important than the learning event itself. instructional design Knowledge Learning approaches Learning Practice Learning styles Learning Theory

What is Andragogy? Less Than 100 Words

Roundtable Learning

Ready to learn more about Andragogy? Let’s dive into what the model is, its implications for learners and facilitators, and examples of andragogy in action. Malcolm Knowles’s theory of andragogy is concerned with the teaching and learning styles of adult learners.

What is Asynchronous Learning? Less Than 100 Words

Roundtable Learning

Ready to learn more about Asynchronous Learning? Let’s dive into what asynchronous learning is, how it differs from synchronous learning, and its benefits and disadvantages. . What is Asynchronous Learning? Asynchronous Learning is a learning style that is generally self-directed with no instructor or classmate involvement. This learning style refers to a group of learners who learn by themselves and work at their own pace on their own time.

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.

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. Many of the established learning theories were conceived decades ago before the advent of the internet or even networked computers. Applying these theories to a 20-minute elearning module delivered solely by computer can be somewhat nonsensical.

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How You Can Use Social Learning To Engage Your Learners

EI Design

Although the social learning phenomenon is catching up, many in the learning sphere are not sure of its impact owing to misconceptions around it and lack of data to showcase its impact. This article outlines how you can use social learning effectively to engage your learners. How Can You Use Social Learning To Engage Learners? In simple terms, social learning is learning with and from others and is not bound by a specific type of learning.

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? by Barbara on March 28, 2011 in Instructional Design , performance support Accelerated Learning Mind Map While I was taking classes in curriculum design, we discussed, at great length, different learning styles: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. But now I wanted to find out more about Accelerated Learning.

Learning Beyond the Course

Rob Hubbard

It was my great privilege to recently organise and Chair the eLearning Network’s Learning Beyond the Course conference in London, UK. The presentations were excellent, the highlight for me being Ben’s opening exercise which demonstrated perfectly the effect (or lack of) of a carrot or stick approach to learner motivation and the negative effect of constraints. You can learn more about this here.

eLearning and an Aging Workforce

Integrated Learnings

In both instances, my colleagues found literature that described what eLearning should look like for older learners. That said, well-designed eLearning should feel intuitive and guide learners on where to click if a particular screen is somehow different from the rest. A common theme in the literature addressing generations and learning preferences is that older generations tend to prefer a linear learning structure while younger generations prefer a more exploratory structure.

Systems Training: Choose Your Own Adventure

Integrated Learnings

Every class had at least a few learners who liked to explore a program on their own. Each class also had a few learners who seemed afraid they might break the program if they did something incorrectly. As a facilitator in a classroom setting, I could adapt to these two learning preferences with relative ease. How about offering both approaches and letting learners choose their own adventure? Would learning theory approve of offering both approaches?

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Clark Quinn – Crystal Balling with 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.

The Biggest Threat To Successful Training Management – And How To Overcome It

WalkMe Training Station

If they have to learn something new, they’re predisposed to dislike the idea. Starting on a macro level, you need to consider how adults learn. Check out University of Queensland’s excellent summary of adult learning theory. Adults bring life experiences and knowledge to learning experiences. Adult learners like to be respected. And it’s a good idea to map out the personas of your learners.

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


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. In this final post in the series, we’re going to reveal how we ensure that sound theory is turned into exemplary practice, by giving you an insight into the formula we use for producing successful e-learning content for our customers – a formula we call our Active Learning Model™.

Should You Tailor Your Training Content to Visual Learners?


Since the 1990s, many trainers around the world have categorised learners into one of four learning styles; Visual, Auditory, Reading and Kinesthetic, otherwise known as the VARK model. Developed by a school inspector called Neil Fleming in New Zealand, he created a test comprising 16 questions to ascertain which style a given learner fitted into. . What is a visual learner? Visual learners are those who think best in pictures.

The 'learner' fallacy - delusions of influence in L&D

Learning Rocks

Perhaps because it spends so much time alongside the diversity hounds of the HR department, or in the company of the mind-benders of NLP, the 'Training Department' has seen the change to 'Learning & Development' and is obsessed with its 'learners'. More than enough type has been devoted recently to discussions on the (in)validity of learning styles, but let me add another thought to the mix. Should we consider models of 'user styles'?

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The 'learner' fallacy - delusions of influence in L&D

Learning Rocks

Perhaps because it spends so much time alongside the diversity hounds of the HR department, or in the company of the mind-benders of NLP, the 'Training Department' has seen the change to 'Learning & Development' and is obsessed with its 'learners'. More than enough type has been devoted recently to discussions on the (in)validity of learning styles, but let me add another thought to the mix. Should we consider models of 'user styles'?

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The Corporate Learner’s Holiday Wish List: 3 Things People Want from Training Programs


If you know what your learners really want from the training, you stand a much better chance of delivering on expectations. Consider these three “wants” that top most corporate learners’ wish lists. #1 Ideas for learning professionals to make training relevant: Link training to workplace performance, make it non-punitive, and ensure that training is the right answer for the business problem you aim to address. Make learning stick by extending training to the job site.

The power of pictures

E-Learning Provocateur

For example, back in 1996, Richard Mayer and several of his colleagues from the University of California, Santa Barbara studied the effects of a multimedia summary (a sequence of annotated illustrations depicting the steps in a process) on learning how lightning is formed. [ The researchers interpreted their results in terms of their “cognitive theory of multimedia learning&# , which draws heavily from cognitive load theory.

Multimodal Learning: Engaging Your Learner’s Senses


Most corporate learning strategies start small. But, as you gain more learners, and become more confident in your training process, it’s essential to branch out and consider creating courses that embrace different learning formats and ways to learn. This is where multimodal learning comes in. . Used to enhance the learning experience and increase engagement, multimodal learning recommends the use of different modes to train. Visual learning.

ID and e-Learning Links (3/16/14)

Experiencing eLearning

We will provide learners sufficient levels of realistic practice; for example, simulations, scenario-based decision making, case-based evaluations, and authentic exercises. We will provide learners with sufficient experience in making decisions in authentic contexts. When providing performance feedback during learning, we will provide learners with a sense of the real-world consequences. Cathy Moore’s checklist for strong, action-oriented e-learning.

Meta-learning: educational fungus

Learning Rocks

Work-place learning similarly was usually fairly direct: "here's a bunch of stuff you need to know. It appears that all learning these days needs to be presaged by a lengthy study of what it means to be a learner. I first noticed this in my first job as a trainer with a government agency - we ran a course that simply focused on how to develop your skills as learner, but this was optional thing. And now it seems it is a primary part of ANY learning opportunity.