“In module I, Who Am I we read about two leaders in the web community, a learner with autism: https://boren.blog/ and a blind learner: https://www.marcozehe.de/about/. Both have their own ways of reading and learning.”

“Many argue that learning styles are junk science Yet when you ask someone if they can explain how best they learn. How can both be true? How do you best learn? How do we design digital teaching for all learners?”

The following is the 8 different Learning Styles in question:

  • The Linguistic Learner.
  • The Naturalist.
  • The Musical or Rhythmic Learner.
  • The Kinesthetic Learner.
  • The Visual or Spatial Learner.
  • The Logical or Mathematical Learner.
  • The Interpersonal Learner.
  • The Intrapersonal Learner.https://www.skillsyouneed.com/rhubarb/fingerprints-learning-styles.html

However, according to

The Scientific Status of Learning Styles Theories

“There are not differences of ability but rather preferences for processing certain types of information or for processing information in certain types of way.”  As cited from: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0098628315589505?journalCode=topa

I believe every person has a preference for processing information. My processing of information is best attained through visual means, examples, written expectations, observing, and watching others. For me digital learning provides most of that. In the classroom however, I learn better  when I have visuals to understand expectations, for example, a sample of a given assignment and/or a rubric defining expectations.

I am able to learn outside of my preference; however, it can at times be frustrating, because I struggle with learning disabilities,  abnormal EEG, and hypo-pituitary (half my pituitary was removed due to tumors when I was 19).  I also struggle with adhd (currently without meds), Auditory Processing dysfunction, and I have a significant gap between my verbal and my performance. For me, this usually impacts me the most when I’m in an interview or presenting information ad-lib. For example, I will have information ready to present or answer in my head, but then the pathways that lead to my ability to articulate what I know seem to misfire and I’m unable to respond in an intelligent manner.

However, I believe we adapt to our strengths as with the autistic man who shared that he had a strong attention to detail, strong visual skills, etc as listed in the poster: https://twitter.com/JHMarble/status/966817016337215488/photo/1

(Although, my grandson is in the autistic spectrum and he doesn’t share  the same strengths  as listed in the article.)  In terms of the blind man, he may have auditory and kinesthetic strengths due to his lack of sight. However, he doesn’t say and each person is vastly different.

In terms of designing digital teaching for all learners, I found an interesting article that may offer some interesting considerations on the matter.

Designing ‘Authenticity’ in Digital Learning Environments

June 16, 2016     By Allan Johnson, University of Surrey

https://jitp.commons.gc.cuny.edu/designing-authenticity-in-digital-learning-environments/

5 Helpful Apps for Bloggers – Super Star Blogging (Super Star Blogging)

Starting a travel blog isn’t easy. From technical problems to creating content to managing social media — it all takes a lot of time and effort (which many of you know first-hand!). While we have talked about apps that boost your efficiency before, today I wanted to share some helpful sites and apps every blogger …

The following are five apps that are recommended to help bloggers.

  1. Canva
  2. Pexels
  3. Asana
  4. Snapseed
  5. Text Expander