Facilitated by: Melissa Braun and Amy Krenzke
Topic: Learning Styles: Are They a Myth?
Thank you to everyone who attended: Rhonda, Laura, Amy, Betsy, Janet, Cherie, Kim and Vince! I really enjoyed the discussion. For those of you that could not make it or if you wanted a quick summary. Check out the post below!
We discussed the existence of learning styles. Here are some main points from the PDN:
· Studies show teaching in various styles results in the same retention.
· Retention is the way we organize information in a way that is meaningful to us.
· Adult learners make connections to experiences, examples, etc.
· Best way to learn/teach depends on the content itself.
· Most of what we learn is stored in terms of meaning. It is not tied to a sensory mode.
· Labels are dangerous! (Gives some people the mindset they cannot learn)
· Organize content in a way that is meaningful to the learner.
· Learning should take you out of your comfort zone.
· The quality of training matters.
· Filter need to know vs. nice to know.
· “Ah ha” moment – this discussion made me aware that others are not always aware training is not always the answer!
· Dr. Marshik argues two reasons why we need to stop believing in learning styles:
1. Wasting valuable time and educational resources. (other priorities: i.e. accommodating backgrounds, abilities, disabilities, motivations, etc.)
2. Labels can be misleading and dangerous (prevent us from trying other strategies)
Overcoming Barriers when SME demands a specific learning solution:
· Create a proposal based on what you heard them say with appropriate learning solution.
· Alert them when it is not in the best interest or fiscally responsible to create a learning solution that will not reach their goal and offer an alternative solution.
· Recognize that people do not like to be told they are wrong.
· Consider an executive summary why training is not the solution and propose what the solution should be.
· Get manager buy-in on a solution....compromise!
Additional People, Topics and Resources discussed:
· Cathy Moore
· Simon Sinek
· James Randi
· ARC Framework
· Skill vs. Performance Gap
· Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences
Did I miss something? Have an additional thought or comment? Post below! We look forward to seeing you at the next one!