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What's Your Learning Style?

February 6, 2006

We all realize that different people learn in different ways. You’ve probably run across people who need to see things visually in order to learn them and others who can learn from only reading a description. Some people need information laid out for them sequentially, while others can fill in the sequence from getting an overview of the big picture. The differences in how people learn are referred to as “learning styles”. Most people can learn in multiple ways, but they are often strongest in one learning style. There are several learning style models, each of which provides different insights into how people learn.

What is your learning style? Try completing one of these learning style surveys to get a better understanding of your learning style.

Why are learning styles important? Having an awareness of learning styles makes you more conscious of the need for a variety of learning materials and activities for your students. For example, when you lecture and show PowerPoint slides with text on the screen, you appeal to students who learn by listening and reading, but you leave out students who learn best by seeing visual representations. Therefore, you may want to add graphics or images to your PowerPoint slides to address the learning styles of those students.

Technology can assist with adapting your course content to meet the needs of a variety of learning styles. There are a variety of ways to incorporate text, images, graphics, videos, audio, and hands-on activities into your courses. The related resources linked below provide information on how to use a variety of technologies. To discuss specific ideas with an instructional technology consultant, send email to atc-ttc@wpi.edu or call 508-831-5220.

This is the first in a three part series on using technology to adapt to different learning styles and teaching styles. In next month’s newsletter, discover your own teaching style.

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