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Learning styles and web-based learning: The 4MAT methodology

Learning styles and web-based learning: The 4MAT methodology

Gray, David E. ORCID: 0000-0002-3881-5083 and Palmer, Jaellayna (2001) Learning styles and web-based learning: The 4MAT methodology. WebNet Journal: Internet Technologies, Applications & Issues, 3 (2). pp. 43-51. ISSN 1522-192X

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The Internet is growing at a rapid pace, and with it, the number of learning programs delivered via the World Wide Web. There is a concern, however, that many of these programs are simply the delivery of traditional learning materials, with inadequate consideration given to the principles of instructional design. This research took one example of such design, the use of learning styles methodology, and specifically 4MAT , and evaluated 14 on-line learning programs. One further course was undertaken by one of the researchers as a case study. It was found that, of the eight possible theoretical approaches to learning identified within the 4MAT system model, only one was present to any significant degree in any of the on-line courses. As this is the style most present in traditional didactic teaching, this lends weight to the suspicion that, in many cases, Web-based learning programs are, currently, little more than teaching notes and study guides, put on-line. It is essential that sound principles of instructional design, including learning style methodology, are incorporated into Web-based learning programs if the medium is to gain the credibility its potential deserves.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning styles, internet learning, 4MAT methodology
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
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