Learning Styles for Virtual Learning Environments

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Blood from the Shoulder of Pallas: Using Learning Style as a guide when developing learning materials for a Virtual Learning EnvironmentDamian GordonGordon BullDIT e-Learning Research GroupIntroductionComputer-Assisted Learning 2003the medium is the message3rd Level Topics can sometimes be complex and dense, for example ;Structured Systems Analysis and Design Methodology (SSADM)S.S.A.D.M.A methodology to structure a project into small, well-defined activities and specify the sequence and interaction of these activitiesS.S.A.D.M.A methodology to structure a project into small, well-defined activities and specify the sequence and interaction of these activitiesUses diagrammatic and other modelling techniques to give a more precise (structured) definition is understandable by both users and developersS.S.A.D.M.S.S.A.D.M.S.S.A.D.M.One of the few open methods available for information systems developmentA very comprehensive organisational methodDeveloped by the British civil serviceS.S.A.D.M.S.S.A.D.M.S.S.A.D.M.S.S.A.D.M.Broken up into six stages, but because it is an organisational methodology given the proper inputs a developer (or student) should be able to start at any stage.How to Teach it ?In a theoretical fashion with worked out examples and analysing case studiesAs a series of case studies for the studentsA combination of both Each approach will appeal to some students and definitely not to others (customisation?)VLEsVirtual Learning Environments (VLEs) provide a range of tools to address a range of student styles, the question is, which tools for which styles ???Wants to talk through their ideas in order to clarify them.LEARNS BY TEACHING OTHERSWants to talk through their ideas in order to clarify them.LEARNS BY TEACHING OTHERSGathers information from numerous sources. Likes to reflect and clarify before speakingCONCERNED WITH THEIR OWN UNDERSTANDINGWants to talk through their ideas in order to clarify them.LEARNS BY TEACHING OTHERSGathers information from numerous sources. Likes to reflect and clarify before speakingCONCERNED WITH THEIR OWN UNDERSTANDINGInterested in the patterns and relationships between the facts, discovery learning, they try to develop new original solutionsLIKE SIMULATIONS OR EXPERIMENTSInterested in the patterns and relationships between the facts, discovery learning, they try to develop new original solutionsLIKE SIMULATIONS OR EXPERIMENTSFocus on facts and details. Like structured lectures, guidelines and objectives. Tend to apply standard solutionsCONCERNED WITH WHAT MUST BE KNOWNInterested in the patterns and relationships between the facts, discovery learning, they try to develop new original solutionsLIKE SIMULATIONS OR EXPERIMENTSFocus on facts and details. Like structured lectures, guidelines and objectives. Tend to apply standard solutionsCONCERNED WITH WHAT MUST BE KNOWNSubjective in their decision making and consider how their decisions affect others, like small group exercisesOPEN-ENDED CONSTRUCTIVISTIC FORMATSSubjective in their decision making and consider how their decisions affect others, like small group exercisesOPEN-ENDED CONSTRUCTIVISTIC FORMATSReply on analysis, logic and existing principles. Like tests to measure progress.ANALYSE CASE STUDIES Subjective in their decision making and consider how their decisions affect others, like small group exercisesOPEN-ENDED CONSTRUCTIVISTIC FORMATSReply on analysis, logic and existing principles. Like tests to measure progress.ANALYSE CASE STUDIES Prefer flexibility and adaptability, often postpone doing work until the very last minuteSEEK INFORMATION UNTIL THE DEADLINE (AND OFTEN BEYOND)Prefer flexibility and adaptability, often postpone doing work until the very last minuteSEEK INFORMATION UNTIL THE DEADLINE (AND OFTEN BEYOND)Prefer structure and organisation, appreciate any resources that can help them plan their workDEADLINES ARE SACREDPrefer flexibility and adaptability, often postpone doing work until the very last minuteSEEK INFORMATION UNTIL THE DEADLINE (AND OFTEN BEYOND)Prefer structure and organisation, appreciate any resources that can help them plan their workDEADLINES ARE SACREDAlgorithmSo group the students that should be...S.S.A.D.M.Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom,had a companion Owl on her shoulder which revealed unseen truths to her. Her owl had the ability to light up Athenas blind side, enabling her to speak the whole truthThe Little Owls claws point in an inward direction, therefore to rest upon Athenas shoulder, the Little Owl must have drawn blood

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