Learning Styles


Understanding both students’ learning preferences and one’s own teaching style can greatly enhance any course. The links in this section provide inventories on teaching styles, learning styles, and “multiple intelligences.”

Felder-Silverman model: Links to Web Articles and a Learning Styles Inventory
The Index of Learning Styles (ILS) is an on-line instrument used to assess preferences on four dimensions (active/reflective, sensing/intuitive, visual/verbal, and sequential/global) of a learning style model formulated by Richard M. Felder and Linda K. Silverman.

Student Learning Styles and Their Implications for Teaching (Montgomery & Groat, 1998)
All faculty members, regardless of discipline, can put an understanding of learning styles to good use in their own teaching. Provides an overview and comparison of three major learning styles models (Myers-Briggs, Kolb, and Felder-Silverman).

Learning Style Can Become Learning Strategies (Mckeachie, 1995, University of Michigan)
Regardless of their learning “styles,” students can learn strategies that enable them to be effective when taught by methods that are not compatible with their preferred “style.”

VARK – A Guide to Learning Styles
VARK is a questionnaire that provides users with a profile of their learning preferences about the ways that they want to take-in and give-out information. Free online and downloadable questionnaires are available on the site.

David Kolb on learning styles
Discussion of the possibilities and problems of Kolb and Fry’s model of four basic learning styles: Convener, Diverger, Assimilator, and Accomodator.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) Basics
Overview of the MBTI typology and the four dichotomies that comprise the system (Extroversion/Introversion; Sensing/Intuition; Thinking/Feeling; Judging/Perceiving)