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Are Applications of Learning Styles Theory Effective?

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

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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

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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

 

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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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What is accessibility in education? Conversations to start at ASU+GSV

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

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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
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The Benefits of Video for Students with Dyslexia

By Kim Ramsey on Oct 28, 2020 7:33:02 AM

Video can be a powerful and engaging teaching tool. But did you know that it can also be used to help students who have dyslexia? According to researchers, people with dyslexia are often very motivated to learn and many have strong academic skills in areas other than reading (source). Dyslexia affects the way that learners process information, so they may have difficulty understanding and remembering things that they see and hear (source), which can impact attainment and wellbeing in the classroom. 

Topics: Issues in Education Video in Digital Learning
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Enhance Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities with Video

By Bree Fabig on Jul 23, 2020 10:47:31 AM

Multimedia is seeing an explosive increase in the classroom. We’re in an age where learning has become gamified and screens occupy much of our day’s real estate. There’s a good reason that iPads have found their way into your classroom, though - and it might be an even greater tool than you think.

Topics: Issues in Education
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A Guide to Licensing Educational Videos for Your Online Courseware

By Jessica Swope on Jul 7, 2020 12:43:12 PM

These days, videos are everywhere. Social media, mobile apps, streaming platforms, blogs—wherever there’s a screen, videos are sure to follow. They're also becoming central to many educational tools, particularly now as more learning goes digital. As a result, online education providers may be finding themselves suddenly grappling with questions about copyright. If you’re in this boat, you might be asking yourself questions like:

Topics: Issues in Education Boclips for Publishers
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What does Equity in Gifted Education Look Like?

By Bree Fabig on Jul 1, 2020 9:30:00 AM

Gifted students are pupils who demonstrate high achievement in an artistic, creative, leadership, or academic capacity. Their high achievement may be linked to specific or broad academic fields and pursuits. When it comes to equity, these students require special or additional activities, services, and opportunities that are not part of the standard curriculum or system.

Topics: Issues in Education
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Enhancing Instruction with Videos in the Classroom

By Boclips on Mar 17, 2020 10:15:00 AM

Students today access a variety of media as part of their daily lives, and thanks to the ubiquitous use of such sites as Google and various social media outlets, information is constantly at their fingertips. As teachers, we face a challenge - how do we engage the students who sit in our classrooms and are used to instant access to information, without sacrificing quality instruction?

Topics: Issues in Education Tips for Using Video
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Video: An Integral Part of 21st Century Blended Learning

By Boclips on Mar 12, 2020 9:02:00 AM

The latter decade of the 20th century saw a major shift in K-12 and higher education from one-size-fits-all instruction to more individualized teaching and learning. A large part of this shift was the development of a blended learning approach that integrates modern technology usage into the classroom, giving students access to a more level playing field in terms of how they are able to access information.

Topics: Issues in Education