Learning Styles & the Importance of Critical Self-Reflection

I am aware from PIDP 3250 – Instructional Strategies that learning styles are a myth. This TED Talk helped me understand this myth a bit better and made me question my teaching in regards to learning styles. I mainly teach my students how to use Microsoft Office to solve business problems. This process involves visual and kinesthetic learning. A common complaint I receive when teaching this course is that I lecture too much and don’t give enough hands-on time. The problem here is that learning software is not really a kinethistic process. Learning to type is kinethistic, but problem solving is largely visual. When students observe the problem solving process they see the step-by-step logic and reasoning in regards to solving the specific problem. In a computer software course students are very keen to jump into things and start clicking buttons, but much thought needs to be considered in this type of work as well.


About simoncrothers

I am an Australian who moved to British Columbia, Canada with my family in 1998. After completing my undergraduate degree in mathematics and computing science at Simon Fraser University, I moved back to Australia for several years. During this time I completed a Masters in Computational Mathematics and began my teaching career in mathematics at the University of New South Wales. In 2010, I moved back to Canada and taught computer science at Douglas College for three years. I am currently regular faculty in the Computer Business Systems department at KPU. I have also taught some courses in the Business and Quantitative Methods department at KPU. In my spare time I like to spend time with my wife Jami, who I met in Australia, our three year old daughter Lillian, and our newly born son Aiden. I also like to indulge in the occasional video game and I am involved in various self-employed web development projects.
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