Development of a Web Application for Management of Learning Styles
Rosa Silva (Escola Secundária Ferreira de Castro, Portugal)
António Andrade (Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal)
Abstract: Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) permit the innovation of teaching and learning processes. ICT allow teachers to create or select and adjust contents that take advantage of the digital environment and interaction between peers. Teaching methodologies and strategies should be adjusted to the learning styles of students, offering them, in turn, the possibility to reflect about the way in which they might learn better. This article introduces a work of creation and validation of a web-based application, which aims to enhance the Management of Learning Styles (MLS) on the part of students and teachers, based on Felder-Solomans Index of Learning Styles Questionnaire (ILS) and Honey-Mumfords Learning Styles Questionnaire (LSQ). The prototype has been validated and the results suggest its applicability and the relevance of the information this tool is capable of obtaining - reports on the learning styles profiles by student, teacher and class - with the objective of supporting them in the selection of strategies to improve teaching and learning, developing at the same time skills which will allow them to learn throughout their lives.
Keywords: Web-based application, learning styles