Rachel Peachey

Rachel Peachey

Rachel is an education industry writer and former Montessori schoolteacher. Originally from Pennsylvania, Rachel lives in Guatemala with her husband and three children.

Recent posts by Rachel Peachey

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Are Applications of Learning Styles Theory Effective?

By Rachel Peachey on May 10, 2022 1:00:00 PM

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon

Learning styles are viewed in a positive light by many people. You may agree that, at worst, learning styles are harmless and at best they improve learning. What damage could the theory of learning styles possibly cause?

If everyone understood how to apply learning styles theory, the answer would be “Very little. In fact, they can do a lot of good.”

Unfortunately, people’s beliefs surrounding learning styles aren’t always accurate. Up to 90% of people believe that learners perform better when taught in their predominant learning style. Yet, the idea that visual learners should only have visually-focused lessons, or that audio lessons require audio-based lessons, is largely a myth. This rigid take on learning styles doesn’t take into account details like course content, the diversity of student needs, and more. 

So, what problems does this belief create?

Topics: Issues in Education Video and Teaching Tools Teaching Methodologies
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Have you been thinking all wrong about learning styles?

By Rachel Peachey on Apr 25, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Photo by Thomas Park

If you work in the field of education, then you’ve probably heard of learning styles. The idea that some people learn best visually, while others are auditory learners has long been popular in education. Perhaps you even took a learning styles quiz as a student.

People generally agree that learning styles can explain some of the differences in performance and preferences for learning among students. But, when it comes to learning styles’ effects on performance, where’s the evidence? Are learning styles valid? Or, is there more to learning styles than meets the eye? 

Topics: Issues in Education Tips for Using Video
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4 Things All Curriculum Designers Should Know about Learning Styles

By Rachel Peachey on Apr 13, 2022 8:30:00 AM

 

Description: A young girl with a red laptop sits on a microfiber couch in her home, participating in a Zoom call for school. Photo by Maria Thalassinou.

The concept of learning styles is pervasive in the field of education. Nearly 80% of educators reported that they used or had intentions of using teaching methods that matched the learning styles of their students. 

Despite their ubiquity, learning styles have recently earned a controversial reputation. As a curriculum designer, you may wonder what you should know about learning styles. What are they, where did they come from, and what are the critiques and controversies surrounding this theory? Perhaps most importantly, what are practical takeaways for curriculum designers? Let’s get into it!

Topics: Issues in Education Video and Teaching Tools Video in Digital Learning
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4 Ways Instructional Designers Can Use Educational Videos Effectively

By Rachel Peachey on Apr 5, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Description: Close-up of a hand pinning a black string, which maps print screenshots of a user flow, on a white wall. Photo by Alvaro Reyes.

If you’re an instructional designer, you are very familiar with video content. You may have designed entire courses around a series of lecture videos.

Well-chosen educational videos that align with the curriculum and take the right pedagogical approach can be very beneficial for learning experiences. They may even improve student outcomes. That said, the internet is brimming with videos that may or may not be appropriate for any given lesson. Instructional designers must carefully consider the specific purpose a video will serve when including it in a course, training, or lesson.

Fortunately, there are many creative and effective ways to enhance course design with video content. Here are 4 different educational video strategies to add to your instructional designer toolkit:

Topics: Tips for Using Video Video in Digital Learning
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What is accessibility in education? Conversations to start at ASU+GSV

By Rachel Peachey on Mar 23, 2022 1:29:17 PM

Description: Duotone photo of white headphones, notebook, pen, keyboard, and mouse on a pink background. Photo by LUM3N.

For anyone with strong vision: Can you imagine trying to navigate the internet as a person who is legally blind? 

Some websites may be easy to access but others may be impossible for you to use. Similar barriers affect people with a range of different sensory and informational needs every day.

While accessible technologies have come a long way, there is still a lot of ground to cover. The education sector, in particular, can improve in this area so that all students have an equal footing on their academic journeys. 

Topics: Issues in Education Tips for Using Video