Find your Learning Styles

Whenever you start a new course, it's good to keep in mind your own personal learning style:Point_of_no_return.jpg
  • Do you prefer visual, audio or kinaesthetic (tactile) input? or a combination of all three.. (here's an overview of that idea ).
  • Do you like to learn alone or more socially? How important is emotional engagement to you?
  • Do you like to explore and experiment, solve problems in a learning adventure of discovery.. or do you prefer to be given step-by-step instructions?

Test yourself with these questionnaires:

  1. Soloman and Felder have an online questionnaire for one perspective on learning styles. (And there's an accompanying article .)
  2. Compare the balance of your visual, spatial, physical (etc) intelligences over at learning-styles-online (dot com).

Once you've got some perspective on your own learning style.. write a short blog post about it. michael chalk has a recent example on his blog site .

Taken from the original 23 Things site:
Introduction: 7 habits for lifelong learners

Among libraries, lifelong learning is one of those core values we shelve our books by. So it makes sense that before we embark on this new online learning and discovery journey that we should take a few minutes to review a few habits that can assist in creating lifelong learners.

These habits, which we’ve called the Seven and 1/2 Habits of Highly Successful Lifelong Learners, will provide you with a refresher on what it means to be a lifelong learner.

Discovery Exercise:

  1. Make sure you have headphones or speakers attached to your computer.
  2. Open up the 7 & 1/2 Habits online tutorial and view the online tutorial.

  1. As you watch and listen, write down which habit among the 7 & 1/2 that is easiest for you and which is hardest. You will use your personal blog (which you will set up next) to post your thoughts about lifelong learning.

Have fun! If you haven't jumped on board yet, it's never too late to become a lifelong learner.

PS: Sorry for the discrepancy between the podcast and online tutorial. The tutorial is actually 14 minutes. In the final preparation of the tutorial, there was just too much information to cut it down. :)

8/2008 Update: Since this tutorial has become one of the most popular features of the 23 Things program, Lori Reed (the tutorial's creator) has provided these additional links as follow-up:

photo credit: (creative commons at flickr) Thanks: Zetson at flickr

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