In this video, produced by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Greg Owen-Boger, Turpin’s VP, discusses designing content for different learning styles.
Greg here with Turpin Communication. Let’s talk about learning styles. I know that there are a lot of people in our industry that have a lot to say about it. They say that we should be designing for visual, or oral, or kinesthetic learners. And I think that what this has caused is sort of a Frankenstein’s monster sort of learning. We’ve been tacking on different delivery styles or different modules just for the sake of switching it up. What I say is, let’s use our common sense. And I don’t mean to be flip about it, I really don’t, but I do believe this. We should be asking ourselves in the training room: Are they bored? Are they restless? If so, switch it up, but if things are going well, keep doing what you’re doing. As they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And, please, can we do away with the tchotchkes? I have a really hard time believing that a kinesthetic learner is going to learn more deeply by squeezing a Koosh ball.