This site is not intended to provide research and testing on learning styles. Originally constructed as a Reusable Learning...
This site is not intended to provide research and testing on learning styles. Originally constructed as a Reusable Learning Object, it is rather an animation of the characteristics of left brain and right brain learning traits adapted from the work of Malcolm Knowles in his book, "The Adult Learner: A Neglected Species (1990, p 243-248)." It also includes sites of learning style inventories for self reflection. Some of these secondary links may change over time and we will make an effort to keep up with those changes in a timely manner.Click on the ? button in the upper right hand corner to get the directions on the most effective use of the tool.The site has been used initially as part of a leadership development course to assess how leaders learn and to help leaders determine how their subordinates learn. With the concept of "inside out leadership" I believe that leaders (no matter what age or position) have to be able to assess their own learning style. Subsequently knowing how others learn (and this may be different from how leaders learn) will affect how a leader gives direction, makes assignments, delegates work, etc. This RLO has been used in both an on-line graduate leadership development course and an on-ground freshmen orientation course but can be widely adopted for use in other areas such as study skills, psychology, management, and education. The learning goals/objectives, a sample learning assignment and the ways I have used the brain dominance material are located at http://www.towson.edu/~mcmahon/lead/moduletheory.html .There is a security system in place for the module (but not the RLO) because of tuition collected in an online course. It changes every semester but is available to those requesting it by contacting the author. The brain dominance RLO is only one part of the collective information required in the Personal Profile proof of learning for this content module on Leadership Theory (see right column of the module). The proofs of learning are considered homework and are collected online and recorded.Students who have viewed this RLO find it helpful in examining how they think. They can then compare their style to how others think and learn. It adds an interesting visualization to the popular "left-brain, right brain" literature.
Dr. Joan McMahon
Jul 25, 2003
Mar 03, 2014
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Originally set up as a single Reusable Learning Object, it is a companion piece to the Teaching/Learning Philosophy Chart...
Originally set up as a single Reusable Learning Object, it is a companion piece to the Teaching/Learning Philosophy Chart where faculty can view options about their philosophy and decide how they may want to articulate those philosophies to their learners. Since many faculty aren't well versed in these philosophies, the companion chart provides a quick explanation of options and how they may be viewed in online learning. Students can be given both the Philosophy Chart and the Learner Role chart for analysis. Go to http://www.towson.edu/~mcmahon/generic/philosophychart.pdf Faculty can use this Student Role tool in a variety of ways and can post their own directions for use. It can be used as an assessment to match online learning potential with faculty/courses/programs. It can be used to help students understand and value why their learning style may be different from a professors instead of just grumbling about it. Appreciating style differences is part of learning about one's learning preferences.In faculty development and online training sessions, faculty can use these two tools to raise their consciousness of learning and teaching theories. In adult learning a goal is usually student inquiry and student directed learning so that students learn to take responsibility for their own learning. Using these charts will help students choose assignments and construct their own if faculty structure their courses to do so. Faculty from Parsons School of Design in New York, Brevard Community College in Florida, and Towson University in Maryland are early participants in using these tools which they use to improve online course development and teaching based on the student responses.
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Dr. Joan McMahon
Jun 13, 2002
Jun 23, 2013
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