Monday, June 29, 2009

capitalize on learning styles to communicate effectively

When you're planning a meeting, retrospective, discussion, or training session, try to incorporate activities for each topic that cater to people that learn in different ways. While there may not be a scientific basis for the following categories, considering them can make your presentation more likely to engage more of the audience. The following are the Felder/Silverman learning style axes:

Sensory <--> Intuitive
Visual <--> Verbal
Active <--> Reflective
Sequential <--> Global

These learning styles show a preference for:
Sensory: feeling/detail
Intuitive: theory
Visual: pictures
Verbal: words
Active: experiments
Reflective: plan
Sequential: details or steps used to build the big picture
Global: use the big picture to figure out where the steps should fit

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