It has been exactly one year since I offered $1,000 to anyone who could demonstrate that utilizing learning styles improved learning outcomes. Click here for the original challenge.
So far, no one has even come close.
For all the talk about learning styles over the last 15 years, we might expect that I was at risk of quickly losing my money.
Let me be clear, my argument is not that people don’t have different learning styles, learning preferences, or learning skills. My argument is that for real-world instructional-development situations, learning styles is an ineffective and inefficient waste of resources that is unlikely to produce meaningful results.
Let me leave you with the original challenge:
“Can an e-learning program that utilizes learning-style information outperform an e-learning program that doesn’t utilize such information by 10% or more on a realistic test of learning, even it is allowed to cost up to twice as much to build?”
The challenge is still on.