You might have in all probability heard some folks insist that they might study higher if solely the content material was offered to them as a video.
You may need had that fidgety little lady in school who refused to take a seat down till you gave her one thing to really do.
I too usually discover myself leaning in the direction of content material offered in textual content kind over pure audio and video. Actually, I’ve turned down alternatives to study when one thing is offered in video or audio kind, even when it guarantees extremely related and attention-grabbing content material from a very good supply. With TED talks, I nearly at all times want to learn the transcript than watch the video. And for podcasts, I might relatively fall again on studying the corresponding weblog, if that choice is offered.
However wait, doesn’t this sound too eerily like an argument for learning styles?
Effectively, no and sure.
No, since I’m not making a case for studying types.
Sure, as a result of I’ve used the educational types instance for instance my level about particular person learner wants.
As a studying practitioner, I really like science and the scientific technique. Once I’m breaking my head over a design-related drawback, I flip to science for solutions. Google Scholar can yield copious quantities of textual content in response to each potential query you might have on the issue. And when this will get an excessive amount of to deal with, I look in the direction of analysis translators in our subject who’ve kindly made the hassle to whittle all of it down for us to learn and perceive.
However what of the myriad selections we make on a day-to-day foundation, by way of well being, vitamin, what’s good for the physique, what causes the least hurt to the surroundings, and so forth? We don’t have the time or the bandwidth to teach ourselves on the most recent in scientific analysis in every space earlier than we decide.
Additionally generally, my private expertise tends to be at loggerheads with what the science says. For instance:
“Why does it not give you the results you want? It’s a confirmed technique that’s labored 99% of the time!”
“This drugs has been proven to have an efficacy of 97%.”
Alas, I usually discover myself among the many outliers… amongst those that fall in that 1%, for whom the answer doesn’t work.
So how do I reconcile?
Principally, I comply with a two-pronged strategy – one for the practitioner (or the designer) and one for the individual (the consumer).
As a practitioner, I proceed to diligently comply with the scientific strategy to the most effective of my potential, valuing empirical proof over private anecdotes. I’ll proceed to search for solutions in a scientific method, incorporating new learnings in my work as I’m going alongside.
As a person, I can chill out a bit (or loads), leaning extra in the direction of private experiences and what they’ve taught me, relatively than making an attempt to comply with a strictly scientific strategy.
So, whereas I advocate in opposition to utilizing studying types to design any answer, I’m blissful as a person to choose and select studying that caters to my particular person preferences. Till I discover a method to marry the 2 approaches, in fact.
Perhaps science will present a solution to that too, in due time.
Written by Srividya Kumar, Co-Founder @ Learnnovators
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