What do Nessie (the Loch Ness monster), Thor, and learning styles all have in common? There is no scientific basis that any one of them exists. Thor and Nessie, while fun, are harmless—the myth of learning styles, however, is a little more dangerous.
Now hear this ……. You are no Robin Thicke and Pharell ……. I mean sure, you are probably pretty cool, but as a learning designer, we implore you ……no blurred lines. Ok – so all silliness aside, let’s get serious for a moment about accessibility and digital learning product. Image if you will being John Every Employee. You have asked John to complete a mandatory training course – you know – code of conduct, keep out of company jail kind of stuff that we are all so excited to do every year…..repeat after us “I solemnly swear I am up to no good….” – ok we are there. But John can’t launch the course – and it is not because he has a browser issue or even an issue with the course itself per se.
Everyone has heard the old saying “practice makes perfect,” but what is perfect? The textbook answers for perfect is ‘having all the required or desirable elements. Qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be.” Perfect is relative; one person’s perfect won’t necessarily be the same as someone else’s. It is nearly impossible always to be accurate, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be an expert. So the question is, what is mastery?