The importance of Learning Styles

AUDIENCE

New Teachers within the district

TOOLS USED

Articulate Storyline 360, Adobe Illustrator, Canva

The Problem

School District X has noted a trend with new teachers across various schools in the district. During observations teachers are typically working with the same student groups. Additionally, there has been a rise in teacher turnover. During exit interviews, many teachers explained that they found it difficult to collaborate and plan. This was then reflected in feedback during evaluations of teacher practice.

The Solution

This microcourse is intended to be part of a larger course to help teachers understand what the 4 learning styles are and when they should be used. In this course they will go through an interactive menu which contains visuals and a description of each of the models. This is followed by a drag and drop assessment to further solidify understanding of the models.

My Process

A needs assessment was conducted through interviews with SMEs throughout the district: Superintendents, Principals, Assistant Principals and new Teachers. They all identified limitations in their planning for all students as a challenge. Additionally, I analyzed lesson plans and student work, and sat in on lessons. It is clear that teachers across the district lack a support or tool that streamlines their lessons. An emphasis on the knowledge of the different learning styles in planning and instruction will serve to support teacher planning sessions by providing a guide and common language across the district.

Text Based Storyboard

To ensure a smooth development process for this project, I narrowed down what the eLearning experience should focus on. I started to map out a visual of the different components of the course. Keeping in mind that I wanted to make this course engaging and meaningful, I prioritized providing as much information as possible while still reducing cognitive load. This helps me to identify what features and interactivity (triggers, layers, states, variables and conditionals) I needed to incorporate to achieve the desired results. I then began scripting the content/ narration that each component will require followed by the selection of characters, color themes, font and font sizes.

Visual Mockup

The final course was made on Articulate Storyline and includes visual assets from Canva. Additional custom graphics were created using Canva and modified on Adobe Illustrator.

Takeways

Developing this project required time, patience, and attention to detail. Participants of the eLearning experience reported that they felt confident explaining the different learning styles. They especially liked that they had “Ella, the trainer” to support them along the way. The difficulty level of the drag and drop was just right and the guide provided for support was clear and efficient.