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Wednesday, 30 September 2009


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Stephen Downes

The problem isn't learning styles. The problem is that nobody could possibly satisfy the conditions of your contest.

For example, "The learning-style program must be created in an instructional-development shop that is dedicated to creating learning programs for real-world use. Programs developed only for research purposes are excluded."

That rules out pretty much 99.99 percent of the world.

Will Thalheimer


No. That’s not true. Let me be clear. I’m skeptical that a real-world e-learning shop could create an e-learning program that utilizes learning styles. I don’t think it’s practically feasible. I don’t think clients will pay for the extra diagnostics, the extra development costs, and the extra threats to people’s personal privacy (because of the diagnostics). So, I want to specifically exclude programs that are created for academic purposes only. I want to exclude programs that are just created for research purposes—that have no other commercial purposes.

I would bet that over 90% of e-learning programs that are developed today are developed because the developer expects to get some sort of compensation for those programs. That’s a lot of programs that would meet the criteria for inclusion.

Will Thalheimer

By the way, for any elearning shop that wants to create a valid test of learning styles, I will provide free consulting to help them set up a valid test!!

Diane Des Rochers

Speaking of waste of resources, there is a linguering statement in our Evaluation CoP that holds that transfer of learning is more than 40% related to pre training conditions, less than 20% to training and more than 40% to post conditions (Robert O. Brinkerhoff of ASTD) . Though, it seems to make sense, the thought that follows is that it is a waste of resources to make changes to a training program, redirect its objectives or even bother with testing since its impact on transfer is negligible (others saying less than 12%). I still feel that, if performance gap is not bridged, cutting also any nice to know, orienting the objectives on the tasks and asking recall questions instead of reviews is worth the tweaking time. What do you think ?

Julian King

This is my third (or fourth) post on this topic, requesting what you actually mean by learning styles. I see so many variations, there is no blanket theory. I get annoyed by nay sayers who don't research the topic properly and make sweeping generalisations. I trust you're not one of them. I'll wait for a response.


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Nice post !! Participants' ratings of the educational sessions directly reflected their learning styles. The LSI challenge provides educators with a method to move beyond recognition and understanding to "action" that empowers students.

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