Matching Up Learning Styles with Learning Objects: What's Effective? Lori Mestre email@example.com Fourteenth Off Campus Library Services Conference April 29, 2010
What’s Your Learning Style? • Visual? • Verbal/Auditory? • Read Write? • Kinesthetic?
Cultural Differences Can Influence Learning • Different Dimensions of Learning • Instructional Practices • Information Processing • Social Interaction Tendencies • Influence of Personality
Discussion of Learning Objects What are Some Learning Objects You Use?
Discussion of Learning Objects Videos Images Polls Tutorials Games Podcasts
Do you plan your objects so that a user can pick and choose what to do next?
Student Involvement • Took Two Learning Style Inventories • Index of Learning Style Inventory • http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/learningstyles/ilsweb.html (NC State) • Vark Questionnaire (How do I Learn Best) • http://www.vark-learn.com/english/page.asp?p=questionnaire • Went through two to three tutorials • a web page static tutorial to learn how to get to and use ERIC • a camtasia tutorial to learn how to get to and find a database through Online Research Resources
Preference for Under 18 Years Preference 55+ Age Summary from the Vark Database About Learning Styles.
Visual Learner Verbal Learner
Acadia Institute for Teaching and Technology Sequential Learner Global Learner
Static Tutorial Results • Scrolled up and down the page to see all the sections and what was required • Viewed images (rarely read the text) • Opened a new window to practice while they viewed the web page • Went back to web page for information • Most successful in finding information after this.
Camtasia Version UIUC Tutorials http://www.library.illinois.edu/diglit/tutorial/index.html
Camtasia Results • Watched without practicing • Couldn’t recreate process • Didn’t attempt to go back for assistance • Only two students were successful in the post test (graduate Asian students)
Recommended Features • Pop-ups to highlight important information • Sections (chapter markings) • Questions to engage the mind • Interactivity, have students do something • Prefer the static web page to a video tutorial- more efficient– include other multimedia as options within the web page.
Results- Student Usability Study Multiple Modalities • All but one had high rankings for multiple modalities. • All but one preferred the step-by-step process. • Students wanted to skim the whole thing first then find the key items .
Humor and Interactivity You quote it, you note it: http://library.acadiau.ca/tutorials/plagiarism/
Choices and Paths Relevance
Interactivity Tactile, Reading
Interactivity and Assessments Read, Reflect and Respond
Interactivity - they have to do something