Practical Suggestions for Addressing Learning Styles in Computer-based Simulations

P. Fenrich (Canada)

Keywords

Learning styles, computerbased training, computerbased simulation, simulation, instructional design

Abstract

Learning styles are defined as relatively-stable characteristic behaviors that indicate how students prefer to learn. To maximize student learning, instructional designers must address learning styles when designing lessons and other instructional materials. What differences with respect to learning styles should instructional designers consider when creating computer based simulations? This summary paper states what the research says about learning styles, describes what instructional designers should do to factor learning styles into traditional lessons, and extends the principles into what should be done with respect to learning styles in computer-based simulations. In this presentation, through discussion and demonstration, participants will be given practical suggestions for addressing learning styles in both traditionally-delivered lessons and computer-based simulation software.

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