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What’s Your Teaching Style?

March 6, 2006

In last month’s newsletter, you discovered what your learning style is. This month we explore teaching styles. As with learning styles, most instructors utilize a variety of teaching styles, but they have a tendency to gravitate towards one or two styles more than the other ones. Teaching styles may change when you teach different courses. Think about a course you teach and then fill out the teaching styles survey with that course in mind to discover your teaching style in the course.

In many cases, it is good to strive for a balance of styles in your teaching. However, there may be times when one style is better suited to a particular course than the others. To make this determination, consider whether your teaching style allows students to achieve your course objectives. Might a different teaching style aid students in achieving the course objectives and thus enhance their learning?

There are a variety of technology tools that can help you implement the different teaching styles. myWPI has several features that make it easy for you to use a Facilitator style, such as the discussion board feature. You can practice the Delegator style by putting content and class activities in myWPI that you don’t necessarily cover in a live class, but for which the students are still responsible for reviewing and completing. PowerPoint and media used in your lectures can enhance your use of the Expert, Formal Authority, and Personal Model styles in the classroom. These are just a few examples of how technology can assist you in implementing a particular teaching style. For more ideas, contact the ATC to speak to an instructional technology specialist by sending a message to atc-ttc@wpi.edu or calling 508-831-5220.

This is the second in a three part series on using technology to adapt to different learning styles and teaching styles. In next month’s newsletter, learn how you can merge learning styles and teaching styles.

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