Posts Tagged ‘Learning Styles’

Article Title: eLearning and an Aging Workforce

Publication: Integrated Learnings: eLearning

Summary: Media outlets frequently analyze the implications of our aging workforce and remind us that a growing proportion is in their fifties and beyond. This article examines what instructional designers should do to accommodate this growing population from an eLearning perspective, based on the principles of learning theory and learning styles research.

A common theme in the literature addressing generations and learning preferences is that older generations tend to prefer a linear learning structure while younger generations prefer a more exploratory structure. Maybe this is true, maybe it’s not. Regardless, this is an area where instructional design principles can guide us.

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Article Title: 10 Factors that Affect Learning

Publication: InternetCE blog (insurance continuing education)

Summary: From lifestyle to momentary circumstance, many types of factors affect our ability to learn new information. Not all are easy to control; however, knowing what what those factors are can help you get the most out of a course or other learning experience. This article explains ten factors that affect learning and offers advice on how to positively influence each.

Take frequent breaks. With a busy schedule, it can be tempting to plow through an online course as quickly as possible. But if you’re skimming the content and clicking ahead quickly, how much can you really expect to remember later? If you genuinely want to learn, slow down your pace and take frequent breaks. The breaks allow time to process segments of new information and help keep you attentive.

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My most recent two articles for the InternetCE blog are about learning modalities and how leverage your learning modality strengths to get the most out of an online learning experience.

Here are direct links to to the two articles:

If you’re a visual learner, you may be an ideal candidate for online learning. Researchers estimate that 70% of the population learns best with the visual modality.

Talking with others (colleagues, clients, friends, family – anyone!) helps reinforce what you’ve learned and may even deepen your understanding of the topic.

Of course, learning takes place through multiple modalities regardless of one’s specific strengths. However, these articles are intended to introduce the concept to users of online learning and offer some basic learning tips.

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