Introduction to Learning Styles (1/2 day)

Students learn in a variety of ways: by seeing and hearing, working alone and in groups, reasoning logically and intuitively, memorizing and visualizing and modeling. Teaching methods also vary: some instructors lecture, others demonstrate or discuss; some focus on principles and others on applications; some emphasize memory and others understanding. How much students learn in a class depends in part on the compatibility of their learning style preferences with the instructor’s teaching style. This workshop for current and future faculty members introduces participants to the concept of learning styles; describes a widely-used learning styles model and gives participants an opportunity to assess their preferences on each of the model dimensions; and outlines how learning styles can be used to design instruction effective for reaching students with a wider variety of learning styles than are reached with traditional teaching methods.

Topics Addressed

  • What are learning styles?
  • Which learning styles characterize most undergraduates? Which styles are favored by the way most college instructors teach?
  • What are the consequences of serious mismatches between learning and teaching styles?
  • How should instructors take learning styles into account when designing instruction? Why is the answer not attempting to match their teaching to each student’s’ learning style preferences? Why is it not necessary to know students’ learning styles to design effective instruction for them?
  • How can learning style preferences be determined easily?
  • What are the benefits of telling students their learning styles? What pitfalls should be avoided when sharing the information?

Contact Richard Felder for information about scheduling and fees.