Guideline Nine | Multiple Modes

9. Students learn in different ways and their learning can be better supported by the use of multiple teaching methods and modes of instruction (visual, auditory, kinaesthetic, and read/write).

There are many roads to learning. People bring different talents and styles of learning to college. Brilliant students in the seminar room may be all thumbs in the lab or art studio. Students rich in hands-on experience may not do so well with theory. Students need the opportunity to show their talents and learn in ways that work for them. Then they can be pushed to learn in new ways that do not come so easily.” Chickering, A. & Gamson, Z. 1987, “Seven principles for good practice in undergraduate education”. AAHE Bulletin. Link

A better understanding of learning styles can benefit not only educators but also their students. Students benefit by using knowledge about their particular learning style to better manage their learning.” Vincent A and Ross D International Journal of Research on Technology in Education 33:5  link

“Every semester students were required to complete a questionnaire at the beginning to identify their learning styles, and multiple course assignments & projects were designed to accommodate diverse student learning styles.” Strategies to Enhance Student Learning in a Capstone MIS Course. Anil Kumar. Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology. link


Toolkit Guideline 9


Online Resources

Learning Styles. Richard Felder. North Carolina State University. link

150 Teaching Methods UNC Charlottee. How many of these have you seen used? How many could you use? link

Introduction To Teaching Strategies. informED. link

VARK is a questionnaire that helps your learning by suggesting the strategies you should be using. link