For my 802 course, we were asked to take a few tests to see what kind of learner we are. When I took the learning styles test I first got that I was a primarily visual learner, which was no surprise. After taking a second version of the test I was diagnosed as a bodily and kinesthetic learner. This information was also no surprise and I actually feel like that is more accurate based on the description given by the test site. Take the test and see!
When I took the multiple intelligences test I scored highest for interpersonal followed by intrapersonal and bodily/kinesthetic (these two categories were tied) and thirdly, linguistic. I felt this was the most accurate test based on what I know and understand about myself. I learn by doing, reflecting and interacting with others (even if I would never call myself extroverted) and I truly enjoy writing. This brought up an important (and somewhat scary) question for me to think about as I go through my program in the next two years: How does a student such as myself work in a distance learning program and succeed? Let me clarify for those of you who don’t know much about my program: SLIM (School of Library and Information Management) is based out of Emporia State University in Kansas. I only meet with my professors (and classmates) two weekends per semester and otherwise am doing all of my work through Blackboard.com. It is good to be aware that this is a very new style of learning for me so that I may deal with problems and difficulties as they arise in an effective way. Often times my art, happiness and productivity relate directly to my interactions with other people. However, I see the value in pushing myself in areas where I am weaker and fulfilling expectations that I have for myself while maintaining and fostering my strengths. So, that is what I’ll do in this program.
Onward and upward!