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What Is Your Intelligence Strength?

Most instructors are familiar with the three different types of learners: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. Instructors are challenged to develop their coursework to ensure students thoroughly understand learning objectives no matter which learning style they favor. Throughout your experience as an instructor, you will always have some students who excel in a particular subject with minimal effort while others seem to struggle no matter how hard they try. In 1983, Dr. Howard Gardner of Harvard University identified different intelligences and how each individual may favor one or a number of intelligences. The strength of each individual’s intelligence will determine how much learning effort he or she will need to apply in a particular subject. The list of intelligences is as follows:

Whether you’re teaching on campus or online, it’s important to understand that some students’ achievements or difficulties may be directly associated with their particular intelligence strengths. A fun exercise is to have your students participate in an online intelligence test. Just google “multiple intelligence tests” and select one you find suitable. During your first week of class, have your students post their findings on the discussion board for their classmates to read. This might provide you with a little insight into your students’ intelligence strengths while allowing your students to discover a bit about themselves.


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