A study of the impact of learning styles in a business environment when learning is conducted virtually/electronically

by Kensler, Carol M., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2007, 147 pages; 3283696


Due to internal and external pressures, organizational training groups are increasingly being asked to provide training which their employers can easily translate to a positive impact on the business. With online delivery systems and virtual classrooms fast becoming accepted as cost effective delivery systems, organizational trainers are still struggling with the most effective development of these classrooms. With the human side of development in mind, the logical place to look for efficiencies lies in the actual learning processes of individual participants. Consider the effect diverse backgrounds, individual preferences, differing learning styles and job demands have on each participant's ability to learn in any given situation. As such, consider the significant impact of corporate training programs on both the learner and the corporation if these programs are structured to maximize each individual participant's learning style so that their actual job performance is enhanced. As such, this study investigated the correlation between individual learning styles, and the degrees to which these learners are able to apply skills/knowledge learned (behavior change) from virtual Web-based training. Additionally, this study explored the hypothesis that virtual training should be adapted to facilitate differing learning styles and further that this adaptation will be a significant factor in the learner's ability apply these skills within their work environment.

AdviserValerie J. Coxon
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Business education; Educational technology
Publication Number3283696

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