Recently during the BlendKit2016 MOOC with Florida University I stumbled across this discussion. Learning styles for years bandied about in Education nothing really new and as a dyslexic visual learner made perfect sense to me.
Then the post extolling the myths so called about these styles drove me to comment which is by the way the power of Forum activities in online education in my opinion. Is it the Term learning style that are being questioned or the concept, I thought.
Here is my resonse to all of the dicussion post. It is difficult to put into content without the rest of those comments but I feel the point is made and a link to the posts.
Post. Learning Styles Myth
Variety I think is the key to this professional conversation. They maybe learning styles, they may not be, but one thing for sure is that all or nothing is no good at all. All text however well wtitten, all vudeos, all power points and Prezis. It is planning the content and delivery using resources of all types that engages the student’s mind. My motto is ask the question get the current answer early. Provide a discovery period and text, video, power point, wsebsite the ask the question again and discuss how views and knowledge have changed and assess the results. Variety is the spice of life and learning. Sometimes it is too much content that can be the issue, give options and let them choose which one they take using their own preferences.
My humble opinion anyway for what that is worth.
I love these professional discussions, mainly because I leave my mind open to the possibility of change based on new information and exchange of views woth others. If only we could have many more if these discussions perhaps people would be able to see other perspectives more readily given new points of view.