Learning Styles and Strategies
Assignment # 3
As faculty members, you have been asked to design a 4-hour Leadership Strategies course that would accommodate the learning styles for a selected 10 students. The students have all completed a learning style inventory in which three of the students are determined visual learners, four are kinesthetic learners, and the rest are auditory learners. Note: The intended audience for the course can be either newly graduated nurses or experienced staff nurses as you choose.
Compose a 1,000 word paper which describes your plan to accommodate the learning styles of each student. This plan starts with defining course objectives; use the “A-B-C-D Method of Writing Objectives” resource as a guide. The objectives should incorporate Bloom’s taxonomy, be written at the appropriate level for the audience, and include at least two learning domains (cognitive, psychomotor, and affective). Make sure to include the following:
- An outline of the course content and agenda that will be covered.
- Descriptions of the learning activities and the rationale for the learning activities selected
- Strategies to assess learning, based on the learner objectives
- Use at least four scholarly, peer-reviewed resources less than 5 years old in addition to the course materials.
Prepare this assignment according to APA guidelines. An abstract is required.
Refer to “Learning Styles Rubric,” prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion as well as the A-B-C-D Approach to Objective Writing. You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin.
Learning Styles and Strategies
The graduate nurse student will be able to define, recognize, analyze, appreciate and grasp the importance of leadership in healthcare through three different learning styles; visual, kinesthetic, and auditory learning styles
Outline for the course content
In any organization, the leadership is tasked with steering the organization to higher feats. Therefore, it is important to prepare future organizational leaders for the tasks ahead. The first strategy for a learner in line with leadership roles in the nursing profession is commitment to excellence. A leader is committed to the purpose and passion with commitment that will enhance perseverance in the line of duty. The perseverance and commitment should go beyond patience advocacy, and advocating for other employees as well as being able to leave bed early with a smile to serve the public (Guyton, 2012).
Measurement of important things while in the service is essential for a leader. For instance, service; patient service is directly proportional to staff satisfaction, therefore employee satisfaction can be estimated using the team benefits. Develop an action plan meant to enhance employee satisfaction involving all staff members and reassessed yearly. The available data should be shared and explained among employees often.
Quality is core in the daily communication and practices. A leader conveys to the employees and other staff members that maintaining quality standards and patient safety is a way of life. A leader is a role model; a leader always takes note on employees who require motivation and cheering to improve their work output. Growth is based on departmental projections as per the laid down business plans. The finance health of the health facility should be in tandem with other sectors like improving quality, people and service. Unit-based financial structure in line with the annual budget inclusive of the expenses, salaries, capital requests and supplies should be put in place. Monthly or biweekly financial reports will help the leader keep on target (Guyton, 2012).
A leader builds culture around service. The staff should appreciate the patients and their families as the customers. Prompts and scripts should be employed when communicating through the hospital telephone.
If the hospital can run smoothly without the leader’s presence then the leader’s work can be felt in place. A leader develops other leaders under his or her leadership ladder. Junior officers should be involved in the day to day running of the hospital; they can attend meetings and make presentations.
A leader can create a scorecard for each employee; each member in the firm will be held responsible for the part played in relation to achieving the overall goal. A SWOT analysis on the work done as well as the employees will highlight the firm’s progress. To crown the employees’ work, success should be rewarded and recognized. The firm should have set goals and objectives; the employees who meet the set goals can be rewarded and paid off to a relaxation trip or small appreciation token.
Different people have different learning capabilities; learning differently in line with one’s strengths offers equal chances to everyone to learn in a conducive environment. For instance the visual learning, audio learning and kinesthetic learning can be used in training nursing leaders (Boctor, 2013).
Learning styles for visual learners
A visual learner learns by seeing or reading through pictures. The understanding and ability to remember the taught concepts is through sight. This form of learning is also termed as spatial learning; the learners firs view what they are supposed to learn (Boctor, 2013). Before the learning exercise begins, the following learning materials will be available for the learners to use; pictures, images, visual media, color to incorporate imagery to visualizations. As such, the visual journey helps the learner to memorize a whole content that is not easy to grasp. Visual story approach will be used to help learners memorize easily during the learning exercise.
- Many visual words in the assertions; color, spatial organization and layout for instance the map, perspective, picture and visual will be available to simplify complex concepts.
- Computers or different color pens will be made available. They will be used to device mind maps and pictures and color instead of a text
- Systems diagrams will be used to create visualization of the links between the system parts in relation to the sailing in equilibrium principle. In this case words will be replaced with pictures and the use of color to highlight minor and major links (Moorman et al, 2016).
Auditory learning styles
Auditory learners understand and remember teachings that they have heard. Information is stored in the manner it sounds; it easy understands audio instructions as compared to written instructions. At times one learns best by reading out loud since hearing it or speaking it makes it easily understandable.
- The sitting arrangement during the learning sessions will be made circular to enable all participants be at a position to clearly hear what the instructor is saying (Blevins, 2014).
- Group discussions will be used so that individuals can discuss the available information, through discussions auditory learning will be taking place.
- Assignments and learning tasks will be presented orally to enable further learning achievement through listening to presentations from the peers.
- Flashcards will be made for various learning materials so that they can be used repeatedly and reading them loud. Different colors will also be used to aid the learners’ memory.
- Questions and points will be rephrased, speed varied, pitch, volume appropriate to create interesting aural textures.
- Key points will be noted down to help evade confusion that arises from pronunciation difficulties.
- Multimedia applications will be incorporated to utilize sounds, speech, music (tape recorders, musical instruments, and computer sound cards).
Kinesthetic learning styles
Kinesthetic learners are talented and can achieve great success if the instructor gives them the required attention in line with their capabilities. Their strengths include; quick reactions, good eye-hand connection, good motor memory, good at sports, excellent experimenters, good performance in drama and arts, and their high energy levels (Bostrom & Hallin, 2013).
The learning styles
- Note making while reading or participating in class.
- They will be offered rubber bands to wrap and unwrap in a pen or around the hand while studying.
- Offered tennis balls to fiddle with while answering questions
- Bouncing legs up and down to release excessive energy.
- Movements in class will be allowed while the learning process is in progress.
- Multimedia resources such as cameras and computers will be incorporated into the learning programs
periods will be short and interesting to allow for other different activities
in class (Blevins, 2014).
Blevins, S. (2014). Understanding learning styles. Medsurg Nursing, 23(1), 59.
Boctor, L. (2013). Active-learning strategies: the use of a game to reinforce learning in nursing education. A case study. Nurse education in practice, 13(2), 96-100.
Boström, L., & Hallin, K. (2013). Learning style differences between nursing and teaching students in Sweden: a comparative study. International Journal of Higher Education, 2(1), p22.
Guyton, N. (2012). Nine principles of successful nursing leadership . American Nurse Today,7(8). Retrieved March 24, 2017, from https://www.americannursetoday.com/nine-principles-of-successful-nursing-leadership/.
Moorman, M., Hensel, D., Decker, K. A., & Busby, K. (2016). Learning outcomes with visual thinking strategies in nursing education.