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Learning Patterns
A Personalized Experience

Ashford University embraces the idea that we all learn differently. Some prefer greater amounts of control while others are happy going with the flow. As a student, you will be encouraged to tailor the online experience to fit your learning patterns. Understanding these patterns and the order in which they are used will help you determine what kind of learner you are.



What makes you unique as a learner?

The learner who uses Sequence first typically begins a learning task by asking, "What are the directions?" "What am I expected to do?" "Can you post some examples for me to look at? I don't want to start until I know what your expectations are." They want the security of seeing what the project is expected to look like. They want to make sure there is no hidden agenda.

Learners who use Precision first want to receive thorough explanations, and ask a lot of questions. They need information, act with precision, and feel good when the work is done correctly. They typically begin an assignment by gathering a lot of data, facts, and specifics. They can be relentless in seeking information and may be labeled a "walking encyclopedia.”

Learners who use Technical Reasoning first understand tools, gadgets, and technical instruments. They like to take things apart to see what makes them tick and put them back together without any leftover screws. While Precision is the Pattern of the most words, Technical Reasoning is the Pattern of the fewest words. In fact, its most unique trait is that it allows a learner to think without words. They look for relevance and practicality, love to fix things and solve problems, and prefer to work alone.

Has anyone ever told you that you think outside the box? That you don't color inside the lines? This is Confluence at work. Confluence first learners thrive on change. They use metaphors. Rather than taking the time to select the precise words needed to explain something in detail, they liken the new piece of information to something that in their mind is very similar. By using a metaphor, they have a quick way to explain what they are seeing or experiencing without having to take the time to express it with exactness.

The 21st Century Learner

As an Ashford University student, you aren’t limited to another person’s perception of you as a learner, and your critical thinking skills matter more than your ability to memorize facts. Each learning pattern contributes to the task of taking in the world around you, making sense of it, and responding accordingly. Using the above patterns, you’ll begin to develop your own personal learning profile, and you’ll know how to apply them successfully as you start your journey to becoming a 21st century learner.

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