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EDU587: Adult Learning and Development

EDU587: Week 2 – Discussion

Week 2 – Discussion

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 Learning Styles Inventory [WLOs: 1, 2] [CLOs: 2, 3]

After reading Chapters 3 and 6 in your primary text and the required article “An Examination of Kolb’s Learning Style Inventory,” paying close attention to Kolb’s model on experiential learning, complete Kolb’s Learning Style Questionnaire (Links to an external site.), and reflect on your own preferred learning style.

For your initial post, reflect on your lifetime experience of learning and your results in the LSI, and apply what you have read this week on the topic to assess the value of educational theories and practices that accommodate learning styles to improve learning.

Address the following items:

  • Identify the benefits and shortcomings of knowing one’s preferred learning style and something about the learning styles of one’s students. Assess the explanatory power of the learning styles model—do people really learn in significantly different ways from each other, and if so, is learning improved by accommodating these differences in the online and traditional classroom?
  • What does the learning styles model tell us about learning?
  • Does a learning styles approach to instruction and facilitation adequately capture the most critical elements of teaching online and campus-based college classroom; if not, what does the model miss?

Guided Response: Respond to at least two peers by Day 5. In your responses, choose at least one peer who disagrees with your opinions about the efficacy and usefulness of learning styles theory, and engage your peer’s response with respect to the benefits and shortcomings.

Though two replies is the basic expectation, for deeper engagement and learning, you are encouraged to provide responses to any comments or questions others have given to you, including the instructor. Responding to the replies given to you will further the conversation and provide additional opportunities for you to demonstrate your content expertise, critical thinking, and real-world experiences with this topic. In addition to offering comments, question your peers about their responses to encourage further conversation.

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