Learning Styles:
Which Type of Student is more Successful in which Modality?

Leon Cygman [lcygman@mtroyal.ca]
Mount Royal University, Canada


As the e-learning population grows, students could find themselves enrolled in distance education modalities that may not be conducive to their learning style. The purpose of this study was to determine whether a postsecondary e-learner’s learning style was a factor in the success of distance education studies. The researcher designed a study using a quantitative, comparative, and correlational methodology, investigating the relationship between learners’ success and learning styles. Success was operationally defined by learner’s satisfaction with the course upon completion, as well as the grade obtained. The sample learners were categorized into three learning styles and there appeared to be no significant difference in outcomes among the learners. Students experienced the same level of academic success and satisfaction, regardless of their learning style. As learning style does not appear to be a factor in academic success or in satisfaction, this researcher’s recommendation would be that learners of all types of learning styles be encouraged to enrol in distance education courses. Although some of these learners may find it difficult at the beginning of their first distance education experience, this researcher shows that they will be able to adapt to the materials.

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e-learning, distance learning, distance education, online learning, higher education, DE, blended learning, MOOCs, ICT, information and communication technology, collaborative learning, internet, interaction, learning management system, LMS,

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