Learning Styles - 2013 Sept 6

As an e-Learning developer, you’re probably familiar—or becoming familiar—with the different learning styles and learning theories. Research suggests that there are 4 main learning styles:

  • Visual
  • Auditory
  • Kinesthetic
  • Tactile

Traditional teachers often tailor their lessons to fit these learning styles as they get to know their students or find projects and lesson delivery methods that appeal to their students. However, often you don’t know your learners or their learning styles when you’re developing e-Learning presentations. So, how do you accommodate all these learning styles into your online training for a presentation that appeals to all your learners—no matter their learning styles?

Let’s break it down by learning style.

  • Visual Learner
    This is the easiest learner to accommodate in e-Learning. Visual learners need to see information. They crave pictures, graphs and charts. Visual learners appreciate movies, so this is a good opportunity to use the YouTube integration offered in Lectora® V11 e-Learning software and Lectora Online to add video clips and demos. Create Drag and Drop or Hot Spot questions with graphics to help the visual learner digest more information.
  • Auditory Learner
    Auditory learners like to listen to lectures because they remember what they hear more accurately and fully than they remember what they see. Sound difficult? Don’t worry—you can still create e-Learning that appeals to this learning style. Incorporate audio clips and podcasts into your presentation. You can use tools like Camtasia to record voiceovers for your e-Learning courses, as well.
  • Kinesthetic Learner
    Did you fidget at your desk in grade school? Was gym your favorite class? Chances are you are a kinesthetic leaner. These learners prefer to move around while learning. Time the flow of your e-Learning to accommodate breaks. If you’re creating a training course on how to perform a certain task, have your learner follow along at home and actually go through the motions.
  • Tactile Learner
    This may be the most difficult learner to address when designing online training. Tactile learners need to touch and feel what they’re learning about. Mobile learning and touch screens have really opened up e-Learning for tactile learners. Create an e-Learning game that requires your learners to manipulate objects on-screen and slide, swipe and tap their way to knowledge acquisition. For more information, check out this blog post on how to add Gesture-based Interaction on Mobile Devices.

Understanding these learning styles and what appeals to each can help you create more robust and engaging e-Learning courses. Keep these suggestions in mind as you create your next course and you’ll be creating powerful e-Learning in no time!

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Christie Wroten graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a bachelor's degree in English and Writing. When she's not writing about e-Learning, Christie enjoys traveling or playing piano and guitar.