Learner Sketch Invites Public to Explore Their Learning Strengths and Challenges

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A grassroots effort spurs conversation about how people learn.

Learner Sketch

The Learner Sketch presents users with their learning strengths and challenges.

The feedback a user gets from the Learner Sketch actually suggests strategies users can try to help them become more effective learners.

Faces of Learning, a national grassroots engagement initiative on education, has released the Learner Sketch to help users explore their own learning strengths and challenges.

The Faces of Learning initiative engages communities to explore how people can better discover and contribute their full worth and potential through deeper understanding of themselves as individual learners. The Learner Sketch, a central feature of the campaign’s website, enables users to explore the key mental ingredients that go into learning and see where their strengths and challenges lie. The Learner Sketch can be found on the Faces of Learning website at http://www.FacesofLearning.net.

The Learner Sketch does more than simply categorize the user as a certain ‘type’ of learner,” says Mary Jo Dunnington, manager of the Learner Sketch. “The feedback a user gets from the sketch actually suggests strategies users can try to help them become more effective learners.”

The interactive Learner Sketch was designed and developed by WeejeeLearning, a custom e-learning and social learning design firm. The visually rich and interactive tool allows the user to drag and drop descriptive statements into three categories, and then presents the user with their learning strengths and challenges, categorized into scientifically based topics such as Attention, Complex Thinking, Language, and Memory.

“We didn’t want users to feel like they were taking a quiz with pre-determined right answers,” says Tracy Bissette, president of WeejeeLearning and the designer of the Learner Sketch. “We designed a sketchbook idea to appeal to multiple types of learners using custom graphics and multiple modes of instruction. The result is a fun, easy-to-navigate introduction to the science of learning.”

The Learner Sketch helps focus the conversation on how people learn and how better learning environments can be created for everyone.

Faces of Learning is a national grassroots engagement initiative that aims to help everyone see more clearly what powerful learning actually looks like and requires. We are a decentralized, collaborative, story-driven, nonpartisan, solution-oriented network of individuals and organizations.

WeejeeLearning, LLC is an e-learning and social learning solutions provider for companies and non-profits. We specialize in instructional design and development, implementing social learning strategies, and integrating social tools and techniques into existing L&D workflows.

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