My learing Style
According to The VARK Questionnaire I have a multimodal (VARK) learning preference, with a Visual/Kinesthetic preference.
My scores were as follow:
Reflecting on my learning, I can safely say I choose different modes while learning, I tap into the learning style that suits the situation. For instance, when working on maths problems I usually visualize the numbers and when doing a reading I sometimes draw diagrams and graphs to fully grasp the meaning of the text (Visual mode). Sometime when reading a story I read it to myself though not loudly and at times use my hands to tell myself the story(Aural/Kinesthetic modes) when learning new vocabulary I both visualize and read the word to myself along with some body movements such as walking or moving my hands.
There are two types of multimodal learners according to http://www.vark-learn.com/english/page_content/multimodality.htm which I am not 100% sure as to which category I fit in: category a or b? As I sometimes easily find the mode that suits me and switch between modes when learning (category a) and sometimes unless I completely examine a topic from various sides using all my senses (reading an article, drawing diagrams, watching and listening to a lecture etc.)I do not think I have fully learned that subject!(category b)
I think a multimodel online environment would be the most conducive one not only to my learning style but also the most effective learning environment catering for various learning styles. Such environment should include visual, aural tools as well as writing and reading materials. Having said that, I prefer the online environments which utilize lots of visual material in their teaching materials. A case study on online undergraduate, graduate and educators run by School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences, of Monash University http://www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/singapore07/procs/willems.pdf concludes that all prefer visual communication in their learning environments supporting my visual learning style preference in online environments.
A good example of a multimodal online environment is shown in the following video:
Another good example of Multimodal environment is the work of Fusion Science Theater which creates innovative models of science education by combining theater, science demonstrations and dramatizations of science concepts.