This page provides links to resources that look at the role of learning styles in the design of e-learning solutions.
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"The online classroom is a new learning environment for learners and instructors alike; and while many participants in your online courses will have been very successful in the traditional training classroom, the e-learning environment offers an array of obstacles and opportunities that learners must attend to in order to continue their success." Ryan Watkins, Learning Circuits, October 2005
Added: 24 October 2005
"The following activity focuses on helping learners identify and develop the necessary proficiencies for online success."
"Find out what your learning strategies are. ATLAS is an instrument which allows you to quickly access the pattern of the learning strategies which you use."
Added: 9 April 2005
"The pages have questions on them related to learning in real-life situations in which you control the learning situation. These are situations that are not in a formal school. For each one, select the answer that best fits you. Continue this process until you learn your group name and the description of your group."
"Shifts in students' learning style will prompt a shift to active construction of knowledge through mediated immersion" Chris Dede, Educause Quarterly, Vol 28, No 1, 2005
Added: 17 March 2005
"Rapid advances in information technology are reshaping the learning styles of many students in higher education."
"Knowing about different learning styles is the key to becoming more effective at learning from experience. What you learn, and how easily you learn, from different experiences is largely governed by your learning style." PeterHoney.com
Updated: 16 February 2005
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"Learning style instruments are widely use. But are they reliable and valid? Do they have an impact on pedagogy? This report examines 13 models of learning style and concludes that it matters fundamentally which model is chosen. Positive recommendations are made for students, teachers, and trainers, managers, researchers and inspectors." Learning and Skills Research Centre
Added: 23 June 2004
Reviewer's Note. Available to download as a PDF file
"This report critically reviews the literature on learning styles and examines in detail 13 of the most influential models. The report concludes that it matters fundamentally which instrument is chosen. The implications for teaching and learning in post-16 learning are serious and should be of concern to learners, teachers and trainers, managers, researchers and inspectors." Learning and Skills Research Centre, 2004
Added: 23 June 2004
Available to download as a PDF file
"Learning-styles-online.com provides free information and tools to help you understand and use learning styles effectively."
Added: 8 June 2004
"This site is dedicated to helping you better understand learning styles, as well as provide an easy way to discover your own styles."
"The concept of learning styles has gained considerable attention in recent years, but it hasn't been a generative concept in e-learning. Most of the learning styles research has been in formal (classroom-based) education, which reinforces the idea that learning is basically an information transmission process. Other research in how people learn shows that most job-related proficiencies are learned outside the training room or seminar, and suggests that where the learning takes place and how it's used is inextricably related to how adults learn. E-learning and blended learning practices ignore this phenomenon, and assume that everyone can learn from the information-transmission model, with the only variables being preparation, IQ,, and motivation. The real payoff from the Internet is going to occur when we use it to enlarge and sustain learning communities that develop within an organization or among a cohort." Frank Greenagel, Learning Circuits, 15 September 2003
Added: 23 September 2003
From article itself - "it should be clear that my intention is not to make an argument for more attention to learning styles. Frankly, my own view of learning styles is that although much of the research and theorizing is fascinating, it's essentially a red herring--because so much of how people learn is (1) a function of where they are learning, and (2) dependent upon what competency they are trying to learn."
"The Learning Styles Profiler (LSP) asseses the neuropsychological basis of learning. It is suitable for business and education. You can view the software and the manual free of charge."
Added: 17 August 2003
For use by both individuals and organisations
"For more than a quarter century, learning style theory has knocked on the door of corporate training offices offering itself as a credible alternative to one-size-fits-all instruction. Now that technology has given us the means to deliver truly individualized learning, it begs the question: Is it time to let learning styles come in?" Martin Delahoussaye, Training Magazine, May 2002
Added: 25 May 2002
"Is learning style theory an abstract distraction, or can it be relied upon to reduce learning time, improve knowledge retention and increase people's motivation to learn? You be the judge"
"Information about learning styles and Multiple Intelligence (MI) is helpful for everyone especially for people with learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder. Knowing your learning style will help you develop coping strategies to compensate for your weaknesses and capitalize on your strengths. This page provides an explanation of what learning styles and multiple intelligence are all about, an interactive assessment of your learning style/MI, and practical tips to make your learning style work for you."
Added: 7 May 2002
Part of a website designed for ID (Invisible Disabilities)
"To fully engage students in your online courses, it is necessary to take into account, and provide for, inherent learning style differences. If your online learners are audio (or visual, or kinesthetic) learners, how can you address their learning style in your web-based course?" An interview with Laura Summers, WebCT
Added: 18 July 2001
Advice for how to create content for different learning styles
"Peter Honey discusses the results of a survey he has conducted about e-learning, in particular the things that people like and dislike about e-learning."
Added: April 2001
This questionnaire was produced at North Carolina State University