21 Ways To Engage The Kinaesthetic Learner in Your Online Courses (1)

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  • Kinaesthetic learning (also known as tactile learning), is when learners best

    acquire new skills and knowledge by doing. This means making your training

    as practical, hands on and active as possible.

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  • When designing and delivering effective adult learning programs consider

    including as many of the following as possible:

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  • The more you teach from a place of this is HOW you do this, instead of let me tell you about this, the more engaged your kinaesthetic learners are going to be.

    Provide screencast demos that allow them to follow along and copy as they watch.

    Make written activities practical by getting them to write notes on post-its and stick them on the wall for example.

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  • Encourage activities when they can be physically present with other people kinesthetic learners a very tactile and even like to touch other people when they are talking to them.

    Create physical activities and practical games.

    Keep lectures short.

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  • Give them templates and handouts to fill in.

    Insert a practical activity or exercise after every 15 minutes of training.

    Resist giving your students all of the answers and instead provide problem solving activities.

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  • Include challenges and competitions.

    Kinesthetic learners like to try new things so instead of always explaining activities before they start, allow kinesthetic learners the opportunity to jump in at the deep end and figure it out for themselves.

    Kinesthetic learners enjoy touching things so provide props in your training for learners to hold and play with.

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  • Make sure that they are not forced to sit and listen for extended periods of time.

    Include arts, crafts and model making, drawing materials, textured and coloured materials.

    Set up role play activities.

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  • Create simulations and replica environments.

    Get them to conduct experiments and investigations.

    Incorporate field trips or site visits.

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  • Incorporate workplace learning elements or work experience.

    Give them projects.

    Get them to collect evidence of their knowledge and competence in a portfolio.

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