A matter of style
SO WHICH OF THESE learning styles are likely to be most compatible with online learning as a method? Let's look at each of the classifications in turn:
Activists, reflectors, theorists and pragmatists
Reflectors should respond well to online learning materials, as long as plenty of opportunity is given to reviewing the options and issues. Do not expect reflectors to take what you say at face value and simply move on to the next point.
Theorists should respond well to typical online learning materials, as long as the ideas are presented logically and methodically. They will not favour a discovery-led approach.
Pragmatists will respond to online learning as long as it clearly has a practical value to them. They will not be interested in developing their own theories, just picking up on anything that looks like it works.
Left and right brain
If you are to get across to right-brainers, it's important to present the learning material in a holistic way, stressing the big picture. Much online learning material would be too logical and step-by-step to work effectively.
Auditory, visual and kinesthetic
Nearly all of online learning is visual, through on-screen text and graphics, so visual learners (and that's most adults) should respond well to the medium.
There's not much that's kinesthetic about online learning, so it's hard to see it working for these learners, in any major capacity.
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