LEARNING STYLES IN ACTION: CONNECTING WITH ALL OF YOUR STUDENTS
Susan L. Bannister,University of Calgary,Calgary,AB
Rationale: While learning styles have been shown to not influence success on assessment measures, it is nevertheless important for educators to have a working knowledge of learning styles in order to understand why certain teaching sessions resonate better with some learners than with others.
Objectives: By the end of this workshop, participants will (1) have gained insight into how they learn themselves by determining their own learning style, (2) be able to describe the four Kolb learning styles, (3) be able to identify ways to engage students with each of these four styles of learning, and (4) have received a peer teaching consultation from colleagues with different learning styles
Methods and Content: In this highly interactive workshop, participants will learn about their own learning style and all four styles as described by Kolb. They will also learn how to design teaching and curriculum that engages all learners. After a brief overview of learning style theory, participants will engage in a dynamic activity to help determine their own style and join their similar-style peers in brief curriculum design. All groups will share the curriculum they developed, illuminating key differences in how people perceive and process learning. A deeper interactive discussion of learning styles will follow. Participants will then be arranged into micro-groups of participants who have different learning styles. In these micro-groups, one participant will describe a type of teaching they already do, and then "step-back" to hear their colleagues brainstorm about ways to enhance the teaching by engaging students who have varied learning styles. This cycle will continue in a tightly-timed process until all participants have benefited from this peer consultation process.