Differing Learning Styles and the help of Instructional Design

According to the American Psychological Association, there are five main learning styles and two substyles that describe how any one person best absorbs or learns information. While everyone is different, most fall into one of the five styles and one of the substyles.

Paula Tallal (2014) of Rutgers University and the University of California, San Diego, ran a study to identify learning styles and the best instructional method for that learning style (Tallal, 2014*). She found that matching a method with a particular style helped the students learn more material faster and more accurately.

But, how can we apply that to Instructional Design? Let’s take a look at each individual style, what makes them different, and then explore how we can accommodate each learning style in our work as Instructional Designers.

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