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"Using Learning Styles to Adapt Technology for Higher Education"
Author: Terry O'Connor

http://web.indstate.edu/ctl/styles/learning.html

This article discusses the importance of faculty having an awareness and understanding of learning styles, how they can be addressed in higher education, how learning style research can be used to make changes in the classroom, and how computer technology can be a part of that change. The article was well written and easy to follow. It held my interest throughout, and I have to say that many of the articles, which I read before selecting this one, did not!

In the introduction of the article the author states that, "To understand learning style models, begin with one of the fundamental insights of 20th Century psychology; people rely on personally constructed filters to orient their relationships toward the world." I felt this quote was very relevant to the subject matter at hand and truly hit on a key point, one that I strongly agree with. That key point is that we all, as humans do bring our own personal experiences with us to the classroom and we do draw upon those personally constructed filters as we learn and obtain knowledge.

As the author describes ways that technology can be used in conjunction with students' learning styles, she provides tips and examples as to how

The author concludes the article by stating, " . . . learning style scholarship can help us rethink our approach to the classroom. The increased capacities provided by information technologies greatly enhances the faculty members ability to develop educational settings that broaden the chances for more students to succeed." That of course, is what we all want!

"New Students - New Learning Styles"
Author: Charles C. Schroeder

http://www.virtualschool.edu/mon/Academia/KierseyLearningStyles.html

This article grabbed my interest right off the bat! It begins by describing a conversation that is taking place among faculty members. The topic of the conversation is contemporary college students. Comments from faculty members include

I have to confess it hit a cord with me - it sounded like conversations I have heard on our campus. So I continued reading. The article focuses on the theory that today's college students are different from the students that we, as faculty members, were. According to Schroeder, "Colleges and universities today show an increasing disparity between faculty and students, between teacher and learning." He goes on to describe the typical student of today, and their learning styles as compared to faculty. I found that his generalized description of today's students and their styles are very much on target with the general student population at Hartnell College.

Recommendations are made as to how we, as faculty, can help bridge the gap. He states that ongoing assessments of both student learning and the learning environment are critical. This reinforced by idea to use a survey instrument at the mid-way point and end point of my online course. This feedback will allow for modifications and improvements in course design. Schroeder suggests, and this is important, that we do not have to treat each student differently, designing 20 or 30 instruction plans for a single class. "What I am suggesting is that an overall understanding of how students learn and where they are in the process can help us meet the needs of the new students who sit in our classroom." I absolutely agree!

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