Learning styles are just different ways of learning and absorbing information. Lesson content that appeals to different types of learner will improve the retention of information – the amount of knowledge gained.
Studies have shown that e-learning can improve retention by 25 to 60 percent over traditional instructor-led learning.
There are three different learning styles: visual, auditory and tactile.
Visual learners learn by seeing. In a classroom situation they may prefer sitting near the front of the room to avoid visual obstructions They learn best from visual displays and may take detailed notes to help them absorb information.
E-learning appeals to visual learners with its ability to include graphics, animations and video content.
Auditory Learners learn through listening. Written information will mean more after it has been heard and these learners often benefit from reading text aloud to themselves. E-learning helps engage auditory learners by including audio content to provide stimulation, audible cues, or narrating some or all of the instruction.
Tactile, or kinesthetic, learners benefit from a hands-on approach to learning. They need to explore to their surroundings and may become bored with inactivity.
E-learning can include interactive tests, simulations and scenarios to respond to the needs of tactile learners.