RE: Using learning theory to build learning documents

Subject: RE: Using learning theory to build learning documents
From: mlist -at- safenet-inc -dot- com
To: pro -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com, RHart -at- acdsystems -dot- com
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2006 13:38:48 -0500

Pro TechWriter [mailto:pro -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com] had the temerity to utter:

> Do you explain learning theory to your students, ever? I used
> to do that,
> and got all kinds of valuable insight from them to add to the
> "theory" part of it.
> If you apply my very simple "learning theory": read it, say
> it, do it, share
> it, well then, you would have text, sound, exercises, and maybe, what,
> mentoring of some kind, or an interactive area where the
> "learner" could add their own information to the text?

This would take HATTs to a whole new level...

> This is very interesting to think about. Me, I am a kinetic
> learner, leaning
> toward visual over auditory learning, except for music.

Is there an inexpensive, reliable way to find out
for myself what type of learner I am? Or what the
approximate weighting is for the styles that apply
best to me?

I mean, I have an idea... I could tell you my best
guess, based on anecdotal evidence, but if this is
a repeatable, scientific discipline, then there are
probably self-tests to be had, without going to some
guru and being assessed in person (for big bucks).

I tried a couple of on-line thingies, including this
one at

But they were based on answers to self-assessment questions.

I ended up with 6/5 or 4/7 splits for every spectrum,
meaning, I guess, that I am torn... that might explain
the blackouts and the other wardrobe... :-)

I'd like to see a real test, one that attempted to convey
some material via each of the various modes, then computed
a score (or scores) based on how the person actually

Anybody encountered anything of the sort?

Anecdote time:

When my wife and I were parachuting instructors, we had a
class that was entirely from a theatrical/performing group.
They were an eclectic, if not eccentric bunch. One, though,
was a little alarming.

Here we are, up front with our friendly-yet-authoritative
manner, crisp delivery, plentiful diagrams and physical
visual aids... and here's this bunch of rowdies joking and
carrying on and... in the front row, a guy has sprawled
across his seat, with his hand over his eyes and his head
on his girl-friend's lap.

After a couple of snide remarks from instructor about this
being life-and-death stuff, literally, and was everybody
paying _close_ attention, the girl-friend catches on:

"Oh, oh - c'est correct. Il est auditif!"

Her friend, she was saying, was primarily an auditory learner.

He did well when it came time for first jumps, so I
guess it worked for him.

I can understand him closing his eyes and relaxing, to
minimize other distractions, in order to concentrate on
the instructor's voice. What I can't do is picture what
went on in his head to integrate the incoming flow of
words to later comprehension of physical realities.
That's because I'm visual. I learn a lot from reading,
but I do a lot of translating incoming words into pictures
in my head. What was he doing?

Would I have served him better if I'd had recordings,
or had done really good vocal sound-effects for all the
situations he'd soon be encountering? Engine noise,
roar of wind as door opens, sound of parachute deploying...
Hmm. I'll never know.


The information contained in this electronic mail transmission may be privileged and confidential, and therefore, protected from disclosure. If you have received this communication in error, please notify us immediately by replying to this message and deleting it from your computer without copying or disclosing it.

WebWorks ePublisher Pro for Word features support for every major Help
format plus PDF, HTML and more. Flexible, precise, and efficient content
delivery. Try it today!

Easily create HTML or Microsoft Word content and convert to any popular Help file format or printed documentation. Learn more at

You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- infoinfocus -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit

To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.


Previous by Author: RE: Where's the beginning? (was RE: When to Spell Out Acronyms)
Next by Author: RE: Linux
Previous by Thread: RE: Using learning theory to build learning documents
Next by Thread: Re: Using learning theory to build learning documents

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads