Completing VARK Website Survey

One of the most popular learning style surveys is the tool at the VARK website.  This video shows how to complete that survey.  I created it for the Desire2Learn Orientation (TLC 101).

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The video is on Youtube.com, so fee free to use it with your students.

 

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Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.

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Infographic: Myers-Briggs

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Source: Career Assessment Site

From the infographic:

Personality assessments can shed light on the strengths and the weaknesses of your personality.  Being aware of your preferences can help you better interact with those around you whether in a professional and personal setting.  Higher levels of education correlate with a higher income.  Those not as concerned with education and income, thrive in social situations.  Understanding your personality type can help you play into your strengths and weaknesses.

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Finley, Are Learning Styles Real – and Useful?

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Todd Finley has an article over at Edutopia that looks 9 varying viewpoints by “learning experts” on learning styles.  The 9 viewpoints come from:
  1. Harold Pashler, Mark McDaniel, Doug Rohrer, and Robert A. Bjork
  2. Mark K. Smith
  3. David J.M. Kraemer, Lauren M. Rosenberg, and Sharon L. Thompson-Schill
  4. Stephen Downes
  5. Howard Gardner
  6. Eric Jensen
  7. Annie Murphy Paul
  8. Carol Tomlinson
  9. David Glenn

The article provides a useful summary of the various viewpoints from these learning experts.  They address most of the pertinent issues associated with learning styles.

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WAPO – Howard Gardner: ‘Multiple intelligences’ are not ‘learning styles’

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Howard Gardner wrote this piece for the Washington Post‘s Answer Sheet.

In this article he outlines the two problems he sees with “learning styles”; provides his “considered judgement about the best way to parse the lexical terrain” of “intelligence,” “learning style,” and “senses”; and his “three primary lessons for educators.”  On the latter three points he writes thusly:

  1. Individualize your teaching as much as possible. Instead of “one size fits all,” learn as much as you can about each student, and teach each person in ways that they find comfortable and learn effectively. Of course this is easier to accomplish with smaller classes. But ‘apps’ make it possible to individualize for everyone.
  2. Pluralize your teaching. Teach important materials in several ways, not just one (e.g. through stories, works of art, diagrams, role play). In this way you can reach students who learn in different ways. Also, by presenting materials in various ways, you convey what it means to understand something well. If you can only teach in one way, your own understanding is likely to be thin.
  3. Drop the term “styles.” It will confuse others and it won’t help either you or your students.

The full article is here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2013/10/16/howard-gardner-multiple-intelligences-are-not-learning-styles/

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