#LearningStyles ‘Awareness Day’ – March 1st, 2012

Learning Styles.

The very utterance of those two words is often enough to set off a debate among learning professionals.  Many will attack it fully as a myth and something that needs to be removed from the vocabulary of those in the field.  Others see merit in the concept and enjoy applying it in their work.  So which side is correct?

I’m not going there today.  I plan on sharing my thoughts on the subject on March 1st, 2012… and I’d like to invite you to join me.

I titled this post Learning Styles ‘Awareness’ Day because I believe we too often discuss learning styles from a standpoint of ignorance. Many people feel ignorance is a derogatory word, but it’s simply defined as a lack of knowledge or information.  That’s not uncommon, especially in isolated organizations that operate in a vacuum of doing what we do because it’s what we’ve always done.

Many professionals have shared their thoughts on Learning Styles over the years.  The idea behind an ‘Awareness Day’ is to have numerous voices discussing the same topic at the same time, and hopefully, creating greater awareness through the shared voice.  The goal is to break through some of the ignorance, so that each individual can make a better, well-informed decision on the topic.

Here’s some ways that you can participate in Learning Styles Awareness Day:

  • Spread the word about Learning Styles Awareness Day; the greater exposure the event has, the more awareness can be shared about learning styles.
  • Blog your thoughts about Learning Styles and share it with the community.
  • If you’ve written or have read something valuable about learning styles in the past, share that as well.
  • Share links to research or case studies related to learning styles.
  • Join the conversation about learning styles on Twitter, using the hashtag #LearningStyles.

I anticipate most of the conversation and sharing taking place on Twitter, but if you are not a Twitter user, feel free to share your thoughts in comments to this blog post or by posting to my facebook page.  I  plan to curate the discussions that take place and the resources that are shared in order to build a resource page that can be referenced in the future.

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16 Responses to #LearningStyles ‘Awareness Day’ – March 1st, 2012

  1. David Glow February 22, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    Sounds great! But could you please put it in a format I can smell? I am an olfactory learner. http://www.theonion.com/articles/parents-of-nasal-learners-demand-odorbased-curricu,396/

    • Jollyholden February 23, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

      David, I have it on good authority the food channel network is working on smellavision (lol), so tune-up your nose! BTW…the Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper had an article on VAK learning styles where they stated the “K” was kinetic…as if the world is not confused enough already about learning styles. Maybe a kinetic learning style is measured by how much forward momentum you exert while learning (lol)?

  2. David Kelly February 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    I’ve never seen that before David. I love it! Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Owen Ferguson February 22, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    Great idea, Dave!

    It’s always worth airing this debate every now and then, since I find it it frequently throws up new ‘nuggets’ of information/research.

    Will Thalheimer is always worth reading on this topic, and he’s got a great summary at http://www.willatworklearning.com/2010/02/learning-styles-reviewed-by-association-for-psychological-science-and-found-wanting.html

    I wrote a post about learning styles a couple of years back that provoked some useful discussion http://goodpractice.com/blog/learning-styles-its-a-bit-more-complicated-than-that/ 

    Looking forward to seeing other contributions to the discussion.


    • David Kelly February 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

      Thanks for the links Owen. I’ll be sure to include these in the resource listing I plan on putting together after March 1st. Hopefully some eyes will be opened.

  4. Jtemples February 22, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    Does anyone have a good learning style inventory that they could share

    • David Kelly February 22, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

      I don’t have anything like that, partly because I am not a believer in factoring learning styles into design. That’s actually why I started this idea – so that the research behind learning styles and design could be shared with those that may not be aware of it. I hope you join the discussions on March 1st.

  5. Judy Unrein February 22, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    Love it, Dave… I’m in. Which means I actually need to write something in the next couple of weeks…

  6. Paul Curry February 23, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    Should we provide opportunities for learning in multiple styles? Absolutely. Should the fact that a particular lesson was not offered in a method that best met your personal, individual learning style provide you with an acceptable excuse for not internalizing the information? Absolutely not. You alone are ultimately responsible for your own learning. As instructors, we will do our best to provide multiple methods and styles of instruction, but at the end of the day, there must be a level of personal accountability and responsibility.

    • David Kelly February 23, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

      Providing opportunities for different types of learning I agree with, but catering in any way to specifics of a learner’s preferred style doesn’t have any real benefits. I think that’s a point that many people miss out on.

      I completely agree with the need for learners to own their own learning, though I think we also have a role in making the experience something they would want to participate in.

  7. Jollyholden February 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    FYI…here’s a link to a presentation I gave last week at the Training Magazine Conference & Expo on Learning Styles: Myth or Reality. While the session was well attended by “trainers” from the corporate market, I was surprised at how many thought learning styles was “da bomb”. Maybe this presentation will generate discussion for learning styles day: http://www.fgdla.us/uploads/Learning_Styles–Myth_or_Reality__Flash_.swf  

    FYI…I completed my dissertation on cognitive/learning styles 28 years ago and have been studying/researching them ever since.

  8. Alan Montague, CPLP February 23, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    Hi Dave.
    I put something in my blog last week on Learning Styles.(and other things)
    I’ll retweet it with the new hastag and try and rember to do it again on 3/1.

  9. david April 24, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    Tank you for the info;David 109.


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