At a young and impressionable age, I was introduced to the concept of “learning styles”. Specifically David Kolb’s learning styles model and experiential learning theory. My first contact with it was in the summer of 1989, a few years after the publication of his ‘Experiential Learning: Experience As The Source Of Learning And Development’. I won’t go into a lot of detail about it as there are other resources online that cover it. (Kolb Learning Styles)
This past week I’ve been able to receive the research of Charles Lieble, who along with C. Jay Hertzog researched the use of learning styles in the teaching of Geography. It was Charles Lieble that first introduced me to these concepts.
The reason I called this post “Full Circle” is that I have used the concepts of “Learning Styles” in my philosophies on Community Management. Because not everyone assimilates information in the same way, it is important that when presenting things to communities that you address the way that everyone captures and retains information.
Over the next few months I will now be able to show how the use of learning styles can greatly increase the growth of Online Communities as well as facilitate the rapid spread and uptake of information around your products.