Week 2 Readings and Resources

Read and View

Some of these articles are short, and others 

Teaching perspectives

Learning Styles

Note:  If you're already familiar with learning styles, watch Professor Willingham's short video and scan the Pashier, Rohrer and Bjork article.  

  • Conner, M. (2002). Introduction to Learning Styles. - good overview of main types of learning styles - perceptual modalities, multiple intelligences, "mind styles", Kolb, MBTI

  • Felder, Richard M. & Soloman, Barbara A. (n.d.). Learning styles and strategies.
    Note: This piece suggests specific study strategies for learners who may not be receiving information in their preferred "mode" or "style".

  • (YouTube, 6:55 min). Professor Daniel Willingham describes research showing that learning styles are a myth

  • Pashler, H., McDaniel, M., Rohrer, D., & Bjork, R. (2008). Learning Styles: Concepts & Evidence. Psychological Sciences in the Public Interest, 9 (3), 105-119.

Teaching in a Connected World

Note:  Read at least one 

Online Learning Theories:

Learning Theories - review

Note: These resources are intended to refresh your memory of specific learning theories or to visualize the different beliefs about how people learn. Dig in according to your own interests. 

Learning Styles Assessments

Note: If you are intrigued by the idea of learning styles,  take a Learning Styles Assessment to see what you think about the results...or, just look at the questions - this is a good way to get a feel for the assumptions/ideas behind learning styles. You may also find this resource useful. 

  • Solomon, Barbara A. & Felder, Richard M. (n.d.). Index of Learning Styles Questionnaire. North Carolina State University.
    (44 brief questions, scored on web) is an online instrument used to assess preferences on four dimensions (active/reflective, sensing/intuitive, visual/verbal, and sequential/global) of a learning style model formulated by Richard M. Felder and Linda K. Silverman.