10 Tips - How do you cater for all learning styles within one elearning course?

Posted on Jul 01, 2014

How do you prefer to learn? Do you like to read about a subject, make notes, see a flow-chart or diagram, or have a go and learn from experience?

Everyone has different preferences for how they learn, and although some people can adapt to all styles, there are considered to be four learning styles or preferred ways of learning - Visual, Auditory, Read/write and Kinesthetic (VARK).

Due to the wide audience using elearning, these four styles need to be considered during course design - we’ve summarised ten tips for supporting these preferences below:

Create a versatile elearning course

  1. Have a mixture of listening, reading and doing
  2. Annotate or label diagrams
  3. Use symbols and colours to support association and recall (for example, red is universally perceived as incorrect or dangerous; green is associated with safe or correct)
  4. Use lists and headings
  5. Provide opportunities for those who prefer to write information themselves
  6. Include examples and stories to remember
  7. Provide practical advice and feedback
  8. Simulate real situations which enable practice and application
  9. Use end-assessments as an opportunity to consolidate understanding (as well as testing it) by recapping key information when setting the context for each question
  10. Mix it up a little! Over-reliance on one type of medium (such as voice over or videos) may exclude some of your audience who prefer to learn in a different way

To see some examples of different learning styles, get in touch for a demo.

By the Sponge Instructional Design Team

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