|Topic 1: Introduction to Distance Learning Pedagogy|
|Faculty Team Members:||Consultants:|
|Jon Shorr, UB||Gene Rubin, UMUC|
|Jean Runyon, Charles County CC||Joan McMahon - Towson|
|Carolyn Deniker, Garrett|
Teachers and students think, learn, and organize their worlds differently. On-line courses can accommodate more of those styles than can traditional classroom courses.
LEVEL: Beginner/Intermediate (Reasonably experienced teachers intuitively know that people learn differently. However, many college faculty haven't had formal education/pedagogy courses and therefore may never have articulated these concepts.)
Upon completion of the online activities, the participant will be able to:
Critical Issues: Do face-to-face and on-line teaching require different approaches to addressing different learning styles? If so, how?
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A learning style is the way one prefers to learn. It does not have to do with how intelligent a person is or what skills they have learned. It has to do with how an individual's brain functions most efficiently to learn new information. Having a preferred learning style is like having a favorite route from Maryland to New England: some people barrel up I-95 through New York; others take I-95 but use the Garden State Parkway, the Tappan Zee Bridge, and the Merritt to get around New York City; still others wind their ways along the blue highways through Pennsylvania and upstate New York. Any one of those routes (as well as several others) will get you there; it depends on your personal needs and preferences. The same is true with learning: there is no "right" or "wrong" way.
The three main learning styles are: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic/tactile. Visual learners make up about 65% of the population. Auditory learners make up about 30% of the population. Kinesthetic learners make up about 5% of the population. Despite preferences, most people rely on a combination of learning styles.
~ The Learning
Decisions Interactive Newsletter, 2000 edition has a theme of "Implementing
Learning in the Digital Age" and features a different benchmarking study
each month. The April 2000 focus is on "The Role of Trainers in E-Learning."
Styles Resource Center
~ Learning Styles Questionnaire. Individuals respond to 44 questions to determine their learning style preferences. This assessment can be taken online and scored immediately. Upon completion of the assessment, individuals can learn more about their preferred learning style as well as view websites that further explore learning styles. http://www2.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/users/f/felder/public/ILSdir/ilsweb.html
~ The Keirsey
Tests. Current research into personality styles suggests that learners
have unique personalities and a unique learning style associated with
that personality. Learning styles affect the way individuals gather, process,
and make decisions about information. Individuals may take the The Keirsey
Temperament and Character Online Assessment as well as develop way to
incorporate a variety of teaching methods in an educational setting.
~ A Learning Style Survey for College. Individuals can take a Learning Style Survey for College and the online assessment will identify the primary learning style as well as learning strategies. http://www.metamath.com//multiple/multiple_choice_questions.cgi
~ A Description
of the Primary Learning Styles. This site provides a description of visual,
tactile, and auditory learners as well as strategies.
you have what it takes to be a successful web student?
Create a lesson plan that incorporates or appeals to multiple learning styles (see ACTIVITY #1 above).