Back in May I wrote a post on learning styles, giving a general overview of some of the more commonly mentioned style of today. Naturally, this seemed to cause some angst among some readers who find learning styles to be essentially non-existent.
Healthy debate in any industry is always a good thing. As such, today’s post includes an infographic that supports the theory that learning styles are essentially a myth.
The infographic is courtesy of elearninglndustry.com, and it presents arguments from various studies that suggest that our understanding of learning styles is potentially flawed.
Prior to my original post on this subject, I had no idea that this topic would elicit such rigorous feedback – each side seemingly digging their heals into the ground. The more I researched both sides of this debate, the more it began to resemble the divide we see in politics. Quite fascinating really.
I suppose this is one of those endless back-and-forth issues. From my perspective, there will never be a winner, and nor does that really matter. It’s okay to view the learning industry through a different lens at times, even if to understand the various perspectives.
Sure, if you are in the pro learning theory camp, then your courses may be driven by the way learning theories conceptualize knowledge comprehension. It certainly won’t make your courses any less effective. I would contend that your use of solid instructional design skills is more influential to your course design anyhow.
Enjoy the infographic below – and if you feel so inclined, feel free to share your thoughts 🙂