Learning Styles

Please learn in any number of different ways, but the accepted baseline categories are visual, audio, and tactile.  The best documentation will address the needs of all learners.

Audio/Visual — animated screen captures are common venues of expression.   They can be visual-only or audio can be included.  To cover both audio and visual learners a narrated animation seems called for.

Can you envision visual learners who would find sound a distraction?  Consider a screen-capture narrative that conveys similar information in both audio and text and features a “sound off” option.

Another issue to consider is that narrated screen-capture animations can be labor intensive and difficult to edit or update.  An alternative is a traditional web- or module-based presentation featuring audio buttons to accompany some or all of the salient points.  The user can opt to consume the visual and/or audio presentations, and the instructional technologist will have an easier job of updating isolated bits of text/audio.

Tactile learners can be accommodated by sophisticated animations that require user interaction to advance the narrative.  Since presentations of this sort feature labor intensive creation and maintenance costs one might also consider the option of engaging “homework” modules:  

Now that you have learned how to incorporate multimedia in discussions, please post this [to an appropriate bit of multimedia] in your practice course

Practice course: Do you offer your faculty “working” shells to allow them time and space for experimentation?

use the blog to explore ideas for addressing the needs of people with various learning styles.