Learning styles is just a shorthand to sum up the rather complicated concept of methods or approaches to learning. At its most basic, researchers believe that students have different strengths and weaknesses when they learn new concepts. There are visual learners, auditory learners, kinesthetic learners, and tactile learners. There are also combination learners. People who do best when they can hear and touch, for example. Or others who rely on listening as well as reading. There are some people who disagree with these divisions, or that it’s as easy as saying that all students have dominant styles. But in general, it’s good to recognize that in a classroom, all twenty, or thirty, or forty students are not going to learn the same way, at the same rate. While it’s impossible to cater completely to either one learning style or another, there’s an argument to be made that it is important to acknowledge the different styles and try to give every student a chance to learn by the most comfortable and natural methods.
There are a variety of assessments available for learning methods, but there is some debate over how much good these assessments are. It’s best to gauge your students yourself and then plan accordingly. Some people learn best when they can teach themselves, and work well in groups. Other students are too distracted by group work and need to be focused and on their own. There are sections in credential classes that cover this topic because there is ongoing research and information.
You can link music and learning through an appreciation of music.
Online learning involves college courses offered over the Internet and through email.