Happy Hump Day! Here are some items of interest from the past week:
ProfHacker gives some tech advice to the not-so-technically inclined. These are actually good for the more technophilic as well.
At the Computing Education Blog, some notes on an NPR article suggesting that not only are there no such thing as “learning styles”, attempting to tailor one’s instruction to a “learning style” might end up doing harm.
Excellent post today from Derek Bruff, reporting on a talk by Linda Nilson titled “The Truth About Learning Styles”. Linda’s slides are here (PDF), and here’s Derek’s short take (all emphases are Derek’s):
Are there learning styles? That’s the question that Linda Nilson answered in her keynote. [...] [T]he short version is that several popular learning styles models, including Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligences model, theVARK model (visual, aural, read/write, kinesthetic), the Kolb learning style model, and the Myers-Briggs personality model, have very little predictive validity. That is, a student’s “style” as determined by one of these tests doesn’t have an effect on how well they learn through various activities.
[...] Is there a learning style model with reasonable…
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