Voodoo and Foo Foo in L&D and PI About Learning Styles

My Google Reader brought this to me:

Accommodating different learning styles in Learning Management Systems (LMSs) represents an important step towards providing a wholesome learning experience to the learners.

Gag Me with an LMS

They – the authors of that sentence – have a webinar coming up soon – so if you are interested (and you should not be interested) you can search for it easily enough and learn more about this nonsense. Perhaps it’s not all nonsense. Report back what you experience – after hosing yourself off of course.

Whenever someone in my PLN wants to tease me they will bring up Learning Styles. That’s OK because I know they know.

They know my Learning Style is:

Intolerant of Foo Foo

Not that it’s an easy path, recognizing Foo Foo Falsehood Practices from Evidence Based Practices. It is not.

But just because it’s a difficult road with uncertain terrain does not excuse one to take the easy road – and to adopt thinking and practices that have been proven false – at least under the described conditions. A quick check online – but still requiring looking at more than the top 3 or 4 hits – should be part of your daily routine.

Everyone working for any Enterprise should be spending time and money as if the expense is an investment with a worthy return.

Good Stewardship of Shareholder Equity demands it.

But sorting wheat from chaff in terms of what really works is darn difficult.

It’s not the Secret Sauce as much as it’s the Credible Source.

My November 2011 article on LS:

Why Is the Research on Learning Styles Still Being Dismissed by Some Learning Leaders and Practitioners?

In the article Allison Rossett asks “Why” – Why have generations of educators glommed on to learning styles when the research is settled or pretty darn so? Seems to me that’s the interesting morsel here.

Part of the answer to “Why?” is addressed in the article. The complete answer is very complex I would guess.

There is Too Much Foo Foo

I have been compiling an online list and online references regarding Foo Foo – for my benefit and for the benefit of others.

Check that out – on this site – here.

It is not a complete list of course. But it is (unfortunately) growing.

And perhaps some of it is wrong – one always needs to be open to that – that what was once labeled Foo Foo is not Foo Foo. I am waiting for evidence from the independent researchers without an ax to grind or product/service to sell.

There Are Also Many EBPs – Evidence Based Practices 

I have been compiling an online list and online references regarding EBP – for my benefit and for the benefit of others.

Check that out – on this site – here.

It is not a complete list of course. But it is (fortunately) growing.

And perhaps some of it is wrong – one always needs to be open to that – that what was once labeled EBP is not EBP. I am waiting for evidence from the independent researchers without an ax to grind or product/service to sell.

Help me Learn EBPs – please point me and others to additions – and corrections – by pointing me to the E.

The Evidence.

For without EBP in our arsenal/ toolkit/ quiver – we, in the famous words of Walt Kelly’s Pogo…

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2 comments on “Voodoo and Foo Foo in L&D and PI About Learning Styles

  1. Pingback: T&D: Learning Styles Are Bogus | EPPIC - Pursuing Performance

  2. Pingback: L&D: My Learning Style Preference: Osmosis Learning | EPPIC - Pursuing Performance

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