PREDOMINANT LEARNING STYLES IN THE VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Universidad Nacional de Colombia (COLOMBIA)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN12 Proceedings
Publication year: 2012
Conference name: 4th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 2-4 July, 2012
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:Virtual training environments can overcome the barriers of distance, time, demand and infrastructure. It develops learning processes from anywhere, and at the same time, align the study with work and family obligations when the student chooses its own schedule. You can follow the same training program with students who share interests, but may be of different cultures and backgrounds. However, it is sometimes difficult for instructors of online education recognize the importance of individual student needs to acquire knowledge. Because online instructors usually do not engage with students in direct interactions, because they are more concerned with the operation of the courses with the learning characteristics of students.
In this paper we review the concepts and theoretical models for identifying learning styles. It describes research on the topic of interest, aspects of virtual learning environments and the identification and application of learning styles. It describes the experiential learning theory and learning styles model show by David Kolb, an alternative identification and implementation of learning styles in virtual training environments. Preliminary results of the predominant learning styles (according to the theory of David Kolb) short course students in distance and the relationship between styles and characteristics identified and methodological strategies that they use to develop their activities. Results that will provide parameters to consider in the construction of an implementation model of learning styles in virtual training environments.
Keywords: Learning styles, Kolb's model, virtual learning environments.