Engage Different Learning Styles in Moodle

By March 27, 2017Blog

We all know and love Moodle for its wide range of capabilities at the site level, but this reach extends far beyond what many of us realize.  Because of its inherent flexibility, the Moodle LMS platform is capable of incorporating different elements that appeal to all types of learning styles and, thus, is the perfect stage to highlight best teaching practices.

Whether you’re a college or university, a company looking to train its employees in a consistent way, or a K-12 school that needs to reach a wide range of students, Moodle courses will provide you with the flexibility you need to reach all types of learners.  Learning styles impact how well our “students” will retain information so they are important to consider. Read on to see how Moodle can help you seamlessly reach various types of learners.

The Visual Learner

The visual learner is going to be best reached by activities he can observe.  Moodle allows for multi-media content to be embedded directly within your course, which is perfect for the visual learner.

Videos are one way to reach this audience.  Embedding videos in your course will reinforce the content you’ve introduced in your lesson, and can add another layer of instruction to your topic with little effort. Check out a video from Moodle HQ below to see how you can easily incorporate both video and audio files into a course.

Graphs or charts are another way to reach the visual learner.  The recent updates in Moodle 3.2 take advantage of these visualizations that can be used to depict a wide range of activities like surveys, attendance, and grades as well as traditional course content.  Incorporating graphs in a varied way will reach the visual learner and will also enhance the course itself.

Graph in Moodle

Example of a graph in Moodle.

Another way to ensure you tap into this learning style is to use quiz questions creatively.  Matching, drag-and-drop, and select missing words questions all provide a visual way for this learner to apply their knowledge and can easily be incorporated into quizzes.

Drag and drop quiz question in Moodle

Drag and drop quiz question in Moodle

The Auditory Learner

The auditory learner learns by listening and speaking, therefore listening to recorded books or completing an interview assignment are ideal for this type of learner.  Audio and video files are also appealing to an auditory learner.

Flashcards can be incorporated into your courses through the External Tool activity type. This is another easy way to both enhance your course and to be sure you are reaching the auditory learner who will be able to verbally practice with the flashcards throughout the lesson.

Additionally, if you are using the Book feature in Moodle, you can encourage learners to read the page content aloud so that they can tap into their preferred learning style. For additional information about the Book feature, view the video below.

The Kinesthetic Learner

These learners retain information best by doing, so it’s natural if you initially think it will be hardest to reach the kinesthetic learner.  However, as in all classroom situations with this type of learner, flexibility is key – and that is what Moodle offers.

When files are uploaded to a course, learners have the ability to save and print it which is perfect for the kinesthetic learner who will want to highlight content and make notes in the margins.  This type of learner will also want to take an active part in your lessons; the Forum, Survey, Wiki, and Workshop features in Moodle are all ways to accomplish this.

Utilizing groups within your course and assigning tasks accordingly is a great way to make active participation and collaboration a requirement. Moodle supports the advanced teaching methods of conducting active research and then discussing it as part of a group. One tool often used for this in Moodle is the Forum module in group mode, allowing the individual groups to dialog freely amongst themselves about the research activity they are working on.

Forum in Moodle

For good course design, it is important to combine elements that appeal to each learning style to ensure that your learners will successfully engage with the content. Thankfully, incorporating learning styles into your Moodle courses is so easily accomplished that it can become a seamless part of your pedagogical approach. The variety of activity types, quiz question offerings, and the flexibility inherent in Moodle together contribute to a rich and multi-layered instructional platform that allows educators to build courses that reach a wide variety of learners.

Stay tuned for next week’s post! We will dive into gamification, a learning strategy that appeals to all styles of learners.

To learn more about how to best incorporate learning styles into your Moodle courses, speak to a Moodle expert.

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