YOUR LEARNING DNA
The way we learn has changed rapidly over the years; advances in technology have both increased the volume of information available and accelerated the pace of education. Nearly 75% of all high school seniors currently take at least one online course and e-learning is rapidly becoming a major component of instructional delivery in all major colleges and universities. Instructors now teach more in less time, while students are prepared to learn faster than ever before.
XCEL Testing Solutions recognizes the fact that today’s students not only prefer to study and learn online but expect the content and delivery of their e-learning courses to be engaging, relevant, accessible and effective. Our robust Preparing People To Pass learning platform seamlessly unites a wide array of specific eLearning tools that range from eBooks, interactive learning objects, engaging videos, comprehensive assessments, mobile solutions and more. Each tool is strategically positioned in a comprehensive online course management system designed to improve the online learning processes and proven to enhance student outcomes.
We also recognize that no two students are created equal and each of us has a learning style as unique as our own DNA. As a result, the instructional design of our learning objects and online courses focus on the researched based practice that everyone learns from a combination of eight different learning styles.
Have you ever tried to learn something fairly simple, yet failed to grasp the key ideas? Or tried to teach people and found that some were overwhelmed or confused by something quite basic?
If so, you may have experienced a clash of learning styles: Your learning preferences and those of your instructor or audience may not have been aligned. When this occurs, not only is it frustrating for everyone, the communication process breaks down and learning fails. By understanding these eight key learning styles, you can learn to create an environment in which everyone can learn from you, not just those who use your preferred style.
THE INDEX OF LEARNING STYLES
One of the most widely used models of learning styles is the Index of Learning Styles developed by Richard Felder and Linda Silverman in the late 1980s. According to this model (which Felder revised in 2002) there are four dimensions of learning styles. Think of these dimensions as a continuum with one learning preference on the far left and the other on the far right.
Once you know where your preferences lie on each of these dimensions, you can begin to stretch beyond those preferences and develop a more balanced approach to learning. Not only will you improve your learning effectiveness, you will open yourself up to many different ways of perceiving the concept in which you are learning.
Balance is key. You don’t want to get too far on any one side of the learning dimensions. When you do that you limit your ability to take in new information and make sense of it quickly, accurately, and effectively.