Learners types or the learning style preferred by various learner types is an important design consideration. This is a gray area in a lot of ways with many competing theories and models, and there is no conclusive evidence that positions any one theory as being better than another. So what exactly is a learning style anyway? To quote Bill Brandon, “Learning style is usually defined as a set of stable characteristics that affect the way a person perceives and interacts with the environment while learning. As such, learning style is an individual difference that can be taken into account when designing the content in any instructional system.”
There are many popular learning style models such as Kolb’s learning cycle model. In this blog, we will look at framework based on the perceptual model. The perceptual model learning assumes that different people have a different preference for learning through one sensory channel dominantly. This model divides learners into various types based on how they prefer to receive information. Here’s a common categorization (again, the lines are somewhat blurred between the types at times, but for now, let’s assume these differences are distinct).
Going by this model, the visual learner would prefer content in visual form. The auditory learner would prefer content he/she can listen to, the read-write learner would prefer content he can read (and correspondingly respond to by writing) and the kinesthetic learner would prefer to learn by doing something.
Ideally, well-designed courses should cater to all learner types by giving learners the option of selecting the sensory mode they would prefer their content in. Unless of course, if your audience analysis shows a marked preference for a specific learning style.
While in theory this sounds like a good thing, one cannot really categorize learners into such water-tight silos. Most of us show a preference for a certain style based on the stage of learning we are in. Without getting into details of that discussion, suffice to say that at the most basic level of application, we need to consider how to provide content and instruction to learners in all possible modes and all stages of learning, without resulting in a cognitive overload. However, it is worthwhile to remember that regardless of the style learners prefer, adult learners learn best when what they learn is immediately relevant to what they need to get done.
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Introducing new processes and software applications can be quite a daunting task. Employees are not receptive to change and teaching all the details and minute steps can be time consuming. Conducting classroom sessions might not be a very beneficial solution. Learners will need to set aside time from their busy schedules, and often, this might not be feasible. The limited number of facilitators will also slow down the learning process. Facilitators will also need to travel extensively to teach learners spread all across the globe. All these arrangements take up considerable efforts, time and financial resources.
I would like to pick your brains with a quick question on compliance assessment.
In your experience with assessing compliance topics, is it OK to let learners keep repeating a quiz until they achieve 100%?
The mining industry plays a key role in the Australian economy. According to a report published by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Government of Victoria, in 2013, mineral and energy commodities account for 60% of the nation’s total exports.
In this blog, I wish to share my experience on how I developed an interesting course though it had technical content.
This course on finance was a challenge for a non-financial person like me. Initially, it panicked me as I have no idea about finance. But, as an instructional designer, my approach towards this project was more on “educating not teaching”. For this, I did a lot of content comprehension to educate myself before I educate others. We will now see how I faced this challenge and accomplished my goal.
We still remember things that we have learned during our childhood. We remember many incidents that happened long ago. But, there are some instances where we don’t remember things. This,most probably, happens during education. Being a human being, it’s quite natural to forget things.
When you google the words ‘eLearning vendor’, you will come across many websites. Each website contains a lot of information, and sometimes, it may be misleading. Moreover, you might be busy or have no time to go through all the content to check the credibility of the vendor.
The iPad is a device which has radically changed the corporate world. According to the Mac Observer, 94 percent of the Fortune 500 companies are either testing or deploying iPads for various business purposes. It also reported that nearly 70% of global companies are using these devices.
When most of us think about product training, we tend to think about the training programs providedfor sales people to stay aheadof competitors. But, this type of training is given not only to sales people, but also to other audiences who need product training.Firstly, it should be provided to technicians to equip them with knowledgeof every part of a product and its working. This helps them provide better service and ensure customer satisfaction. Another important audience who should be trained on your products is customers. A good training programprovides the basic knowledge of your products, their usage and benefits, which goes a long way in building loyal customers.
Welcome to today’s blog post. Most of the articles, blogs and eLearning companies today portray an impression that the working domain of instructional designers is limited to eLearning. This is not true. The instructional design concept came into existence even before the invention of personal computers. E-learning or the educational technology uses the instructional design principles to enable superior understanding and enhanced learning experiences. Now that most of the training institutions have moved on to digital classrooms globally, I would like share some ideas on instructional designing for technology-enabled classroom training. These ideas will be applicable even in a traditional Instructor-led Training (ILT) program except that the supporting documents will be hard copies and not digital.
An online learning community (OLC) is a web-based learning environment with the latest digital technologies, where interconnected learning participants communicate, construct their knowledge collaboratively and share their personal experiences (Palloff & Pratt, 1999; Preece, 2000; Richardson, 2006).