In this video, produced by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Greg Owen-Boger, Turpin's VP, discusses designing content for different learning styles.
Greg here with Turpin Communication. Let's talk about learning styles. I know that there are a lot of people in our industry that have a lot to say about it. They say that we should be designing for visual or oral or kinesthetic learners. And I think that what this has caused is sort of a Frankenstein's monster sort of learning. We've been tacking on different delivery styles or different modules just for the sake of switching it up. What I say is let's use our common sense. And I don't mean to be flip about it, I really don't, but I do believe this. We should be asking ourselves in the training room: Are they bored? Are they restless? If so, switch it up, but if things are going well, keep doing what you're doing. As they say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. And, please, can we do away with the tchotchkes? I have a really hard time believing that a kinesthetic learner is going to learn more deeply by squeezing a Koosh ball.
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Written by Greg Owen-Boger
Greg Owen-Boger has been with Turpin Communication since 1995, first as a cameraman, then instructor, account manager, and now vice president. Schooled in management and the performing arts, Greg brings a diverse set of skills and experiences to the organization. Greg is one of Turpin’s facilitators and coaches. When he’s not with clients, he manages the day-to-day operations of the company. Greg is an active member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and was the 2015 President of ATD, Chicagoland Chapter. He is a popular speaker, frequent blogger, and the co-author of the book The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined. His latest book, also co-authored by Dale Ludwig, launched in 2017 and is entitled Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide for Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning.