MON: Curriculum design in online open education, does it take into account learning styles and contribute to inclusion (John Sumpter)
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Dr Simon Ball
2 February 2014
Methods of access to learning have been increasing in the past few years, but the content that is being provided by these methods has changed little in format and context during this time (citations needed to back up this statement). In this conference session, I hope to open a debate, and ask if learning styles are being considered in the new wave of online delivery methods, and ask what benefits can be made by ensuring online learning is inclusive.
During my conference presentation, I intend to utilise a number of web-based tools. The main presentation delivery format will be Prezi, with pre and post conference tweets via Twitter.
Key elements of my session include;
Curriculum Design: The practice of educational design
Open Education: A collective term to describe practices that broaden access to the learning
Learning Styles: An individual's natural or habitual pattern of acquiring and processing information
Delivery Methods: Access to learning by different methods (Distance, Blended, Face to Face)
In addition to my own research I have utilised three sources of research into the subject, to guide and inform the debate. This research covers the three main learning delivery methods (Distance, Blended, Face to Face) and looks at different learning style scenarios and individually assesses the impact of learning styles in each. The sources that inform my research are;
'The Influence of Learning Style Preferences on Student Success in Online Versus Face-to-Face Environments'. Published in the American Journal of Distance Education in 2002.
'A Study of Student's Perceptions in a blended learning environment based on different learning styles'. Published in the Journal of Educational Technology & Society in 2008.
'The impact of learning styles on student achievement in a web-based versus an equivalent face-to-face course'. Published in the College Student Journal, 2010, by Buket and Meryem.
Implications & Lessons
I will look at the implications raised from the combined research, and discuss how these can inform future best practice advice, helping to ensure learning experiences are inclusive and informed by research.
You can get involved in the discussion before the conference session. Simply answer a few simple questions about your learning style online. Visit the following URL http://goo.gl/EPN3Wp
And don't forget to follow the debate on Twitter #h818inclusivelearning where the debate will continue after the event and provide access to best practice resources developed.