Big Idea – Learning Styles

Picture of a young boy with headphones in front of a computer. Along with eight categories of intelligences, research suggests, there is also a range of learning styles.

A learning style is the combination of individual characteristics that shapes a student's approach to a learning task. It is commonly believed that learners favor some particular method of interacting with, collecting and processing information.

In the pages that follow, we will provide an overview of some well-known learning style theories, along with online learning style inventories you can use in your classroom.

Drs. Palloff and Pratt will discuss their views on learning style theories and finally, we will look at ways to apply a range of activities in the online classroom that cater to a variety of learning style needs.


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