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Can you hear me now?

As mentioned in one of my previous blogs, there are four learning styles that we cover in our online courses. These styles are:

  • Visual
  • Aural
  • Read/Write
  • Kinesthetic

In general, people use many learning styles, with 34% using all four of the above styles and 62% using more than one style.

Today, I’d like to talk about the importance of Aural or Auditory learning as used in technology online training. Studies have identified the Auditory learning style as being used by most learners to some degree.

If you learn well by utilizing Auditory functions you likely are good at:

  • Writing responses to lectures you’ve heard.
  • Oral exams.
  • Effective listening to those in lectures, speeches or sessions.
  • Identifying speech patterns.

To get a sense of how important using an Auditory learning style is, I have included a clip of our training from our online training tutorial “ASP.NET Using Knockout.js: Bindings, JSON and Functions.” Play it for awhile and watch and listen. . . then turn your sound off and see how critical the Auditory style is for you to be able to effectively learn a new technology.

Food for thought:

To succeed as a developer you must know and understand what your result should be, plan your direction on how to get there and use the right process with the right technical ability to build your application. Success comes from knowing how to write effective and efficient applications, which requires you use the right training / reference material to get up to speed in the technology you are using.

Will “just any” training material work? My opinion is that you will only succeed if you use training material that best fits your learning style and covers all learning styles.

  • How much do you learn through the Auditory learning style?
  • Do you use tools to help you learn efficiently and effectively?

Developers – Do you learn by doing?

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As mentioned in my last blog, there are four learning styles that we cover in our online courses. These styles were identified as:

  • Visual
  • Aural
  • Read/Write
  • Kinesthetic

Today, I’d like to take a deep dive into Kinesthetic learning, which as identified in studies is used – to some degree – by the largest share of learners.

If your dominant style of learning is kinesthetic, what impact does this have on you?

As a kinesthetic learner, you learn by doing…you’re a physical learner, a tactile learner or a “hands on” learner.

What type of education works best for you, Classroom or Online?

Kinesthetic learners often struggle within the traditional classroom. When confined to a desk and expected to learn visually or by listening to instruction, kinesthetic learners are deprived of the direct physical involvement needed to support their learning. As a result, many kinesthetic learners will struggle to concentrate. They will be easily distracted and will look for reasons to leave their seats.

Fortunately, an online learning environment is much more accommodating to the kinesthetic learner. Online training courses allow the learner to click the mouse and move things around. Hands on labs also work well for kinesthetic learners – it’s how the physical translates to the online. It helps some learners to write things down as part of the kinesthetic and visual aspects.

In our courses, a learner uses many senses. They can:

  • Watch our video demonstrations
  • Follow the expert trainer using sample code
  • Actually build the code by utilizing the hands on labs

In the following video, you can see many aspects of kinesthetic learning! This snippet is part of our course on “iPhone/iPad Development using Objective–C“.

To strengthen the kinesthetic learning experience, a learner should use sample code to follow along with the author. The learner should also use the hands on labs.

Food for thought:

  • Are you a kinesthetic learner?
  • Do you use tools to help you learn efficiently and effectively?