Most instructors are familiar with the three different types of learners: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. Instructors are challenged to develop coursework to ensure students thoroughly understand learning objectives, no matter which learning style they favor. However, there are also different types of intellects. The level of each individual’s intelligence will determine how much learning effort he or she will need to apply in a particular subject. Some of the intelligence categories are Linguistic, Visual/Spatial, Logical, Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, Musical, Naturalist, Bodily Kinesthetic, and Existential. Click HERE to learn more about intelligence strengths.
Auditory Learner: Students who are auditory learners learn best by listening and speaking. Lessons make better sense when they are verbally explained rather than when they are read.
Visual Learner: Students who fall into the visual learner category learn best by observing. Whether watching a video or demonstration, studying a chart or graph, or even just reading, visual learners depend on what they see to build an understanding of the topic they are studying. Visual learners are great at visualizing the big picture.
Kinesthetic Learner: Students who are kinesthetic learners have a tendency to digest information best through hands-on experience. Kinesthetic learners like to experience learning through hands-on interaction. You might say they tend to be a bit overly energetic, but they are highly motivated individuals. Finding ways to enhance a kinesthetic learner’s online experience can be a bit of a challenge.
Teaching a successful online class will incorporate specific components related to intelligence strength and learning styles to ensure all students are provided with the best learning avenues possible.
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