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Learning Styles Travis09

  1. 1. Understanding Learning Styles Connecting content with Learners
  2. 2. What is a learning style?
  3. 3. Understanding your learners http://www.flickr.com/photos/theycallmeaaron/
  4. 4. Student Comments Try taking him, whatever the class is. He makes you think and brings meaning to everything. I didn't care about the class at all, but heard it was an easy A. The material is incredibly applicable to your own life. Great course, well taught, excellent lectures, precise and accurate testing This was an AWESOME class! Dr. H made it so interesting and interactive, lots of class discussion
  5. 5. Learners Like To be challenged To be respected A variety of techniques Real-life experiences Receiving prompt feedback
  6. 6. Student comments She is very intelligent and technologically savvy, but sometimes doesn't make assignments clear to us lesser humans. she is so unorganized and has absolutely no clue what the plan is most of the time (changes her mind after we have already competed assignments).. soooo frustrating! I had a hard time with the material because i did not find it interesting and am not into his teaching style.
  7. 7. Learners Don’t Like To be bored To be talked down to Inconsistency in expectations, grading, or treatment Learning without context
  8. 8. Learning Styles … Cognitive Affective Physiological
  9. 9. Culture Other things besides learning styles can Class effect how your Age students learn Gender
  10. 10. Why do we care?
  11. 11. Incorporating learning styles into teaching
  12. 12. Kolb Learning Style Inventory My first opportunity to apply Kolb to the classroom created such positive results that I could never go back to my original style of teaching -Laura Border University of Colorado at Boulder
  13. 13. Experiential Learning Method Concrete Experience Experiencing Active Reflective Experimentation Observation Doing Reflecting Thinking Abstract Conceptualization
  14. 14. Concrete Experience Learning by experiencing “A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way” ~Mark Twain See Page 4 of Kolb
  15. 15. Reflective Observation Learning by Reflecting “You can observe a lot by watching” ~Yogi Berra See Page 4 of Kolb
  16. 16. Abstract Conceptualization Learning by Thinking “Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.” ~ Confucius See Page 4 of Kolb
  17. 17. Active Experimentation Learning by Doing "What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing." ~Aristotle See Page 4 of Kolb
  18. 18. Combination = Learning Style Concrete Experience Accommodating Diverging Active Reflective Experimentation Observation Assimilating Converging Abstract Conceptualization See Kolb page 8
  19. 19. Diverging Being imaginative Understanding people Recognizing problems Brainstorming Being open-minded Broad interests Information seeking
  20. 20. Assimilating Planning Creating theoretical models Defining problems Developing theories Being patient Assimilates disparate observations Inductive reasoning
  21. 21. Converging Solving problems Making decisions Reasoning deductively Defining problems Being logical Practical application of ideas
  22. 22. Accommodating Getting things done Leading Taking risks Initiating Being adaptable and practical Puts ideas into action Intuitive Trial and error
  23. 23. Let’s do the Kolb! http://www.flickr.com/photos/8147452@N05/
  24. 24. FOUR questions that are important to learning styles What is the importance of the activity/content? (diverger) What are the parameters or limits of the assignment- what is the assignment useful for? (converger) Which facts are needed to complete the assignment? (assimilators) What is the end product? What are the performance tasks or procedures going to be? (accomodators)
  25. 25. Using Kolb to assess your teaching Lecture: Does the lecture contain rhetorical questions? Does the lecture have a clear outline of concepts Time for student reflection (one minute papers) Visual real life or aesthetic support in the form of photos, colors, or references to student experiences?
  26. 26. Incorporating Kolb into teaching Using different Kolb LSI orders, look at your scenario and try to apply all four types of learning activities (axes) to appeal to all four learning styles.
  27. 27. FOUR questions that are important to learning styles What is the importance of the activity/content? (diverger) What are the parameters or limits of the assignment- what is the assignment useful for? (converger) Which facts are needed to complete the assignment? (assimilators) What is the end product? What are the performance tasks or procedures going to be? (accomodators)
  28. 28. From Theory to Practice how learning theory relates to learning styles Accommodating Diverging Constructivists Humanist Humanist Converging Assimilating Cognitive Behaviorist Constructivist Cognitive
  29. 29. Further Reading Border, Laura. (2007) Understanding Learning Styles: The Key to Unlocking Deep Learning and In-depth Teaching. http://www2.nea.org/he/advo07/advo0407/front.html Retrieved 7/29/07 Grassian, E. S., & Kaplowitz, J. R. (2001). Information literacy instruction: Theory and practice. Information literacy sourcebooks. New York: Neal-Schuman Mark Morton (2006) RatemyHeuristic.com http://www.educause.edu/blog/markmorton/RateMyHeuristicCom/1 65938 Retrieved 7/25/09

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