Learning Styles

Different students have different learning styles! In an online course you have a lot of freedom to decide when and where and how you will study - and if you know something about your own learning style preferences, you will be able to make better decisions about your study options. You might want to visit one of these websites to find out more about your learning styles and preferences.

IMPORTANT NOTE : If you take these inventories, be sure to write down or print out your results when they are displayed to you! In most cases, if you leave the webpage displaying your results, you cannot return to it with the back-button in your browser.

Solomon-Felder Learning Styles. This is a brief and simple inventory that locates learning on a set of scales: Active - Reflective, Sensing - Intuitive, Visual - Verbal, Sequential - Global. The inventory shows if you are "extreme" on any of these scales, and what special strategies you should use if you know that you have a learning style that tends to one of the extremes on any of these scales.

Multiple Intelligence Inventory. This is an inventory based on the work of Howard Gardner and his theory of "multiple intelligences." This approach identifies linguistic, logical/mathematical, spatial, musical, bodily/kinesthetic, naturalistic and interpersonal learning styles. What kind of styles are most important for you?

Sternberg-Wagner Thinking Styles Inventory. This inventory is based on three different types of thinkers: creators, implementers, and evaluators. It also identifies four different types of thinking styles: monarchic, hierarchic, oligarchic and anarchic. (The metaphors come from government, but they can be very suggestive when used to analyze different ways of thinking and acting!)

Although the following are more "personality styles" rather than learning styles, you might also find these inventories to be helpful at identifying ways you can make the most of your online learning experience:

Myers-Briggs Typology: This inventory, based on Jungian psychology, recognizes 16 different personality types: Performer, Composer, Promoter, Crafter, Provider, Protector, Supervisor, Inspector, Champion, Healer, Teacher, Counselor, Inventor, Architect, Field Marshall, and Mastermind.

Enneagram: This online inventory is a simplified version of the Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator, which assesses 9 different personality "types" divided into three triads: the Feeling Triad, consisting of the Helper type, the Achiever, and the Individualist; the Thinking Triad, consisting of the Investigator, the Loyalist, and the Enthusiast; and the Instinctive Triad, consisting of the Challenger, the Peacemaker, and the Reformer.

This document was modified from materials created by the University of Oklahoma.