Effectiveness of the use of multiple resources in learning

It is very difficult to imagine today’s educational process without the use of
various teaching and learning resources. Not only to make the process more
attractive and interesting for student’s, but also to encourage active learning
and develop various skills.

Learners in general have different learning styles, some of them are Auditory
Learners. Students with this style prefer oral instruction because they are able
to recall what they hear. They learn by listening and speaking. We also have
Visual Learners. Visual learners prefer written instructions because they will
be able to recall what they see. They enjoy working with: computer graphic,
cartoons, maps, graphs, charts, posters, and others. Another learning style is
Tactile Learners. Learners with this strength learn best by touching. They will
learn best by: drawing, playing board games or making models. Kinesthetic
also learn by touching objects. They need to involve their whole body
in learning and they remember material best if they act it out.

Because we have different learning styles, learning resources should not be
confined to textbooks. Resources are available in different forms such as:
books, web-based learning materials, libraries, online libraries, videos,
internet and media. If we use different resources, we will be able to cater for
learner diversity. A great example of an activity that uses multiple resources
is Owlypia. Not only ones learning style is adapted in Owlypia’s various
resources, but you also will be able to develop learning strategies, generic
skills, values and attitudes. One of the great benefits when studying for
Owlypia challenges, is that it encourages self-access and independent learning.

Interested students can participate in these challenges choosing one of the five
subjects which are: Art & Design, Economics & Business, Science & Technology,
Literature & Culture or Social Sciences. When a student wants to prepare for the
subject they choose, they can find a variety of resources to read, watch, listen
or analyze. With the help of these resources, students can really study the
subject in its entirety. Resources Owlypia provides include; books, to get
detailed information from them, related to the topic. Books introduce learners
to new expressions, words and concepts. They allow them to learn at their own
pace, and they can easily go back to something they didn’t understand, and
re-read it. Another resource is movies, which combine music, images, special
effects and dialogue to make students really understand the topic or the theme.
Movies teach them to see thing outside of their own perspective, and get another
view over the subject they are studying for. Different articles as part of
Owlypia’s resources, are a good way to get deeper understanding of different
topics related to the subject one is studying for. Another resource is videos,
which increase the motivation in learners and keeps them engaged. Videos also
add another dimension to learning that makes learners educational experience
more effective. And the last resource is research about an important person, who
impacted the topic one is studying for. Learners research about famous writers,
artists, scientists, and people who inspire with their great work and
determination. They get to see what hard-work can lead you to.

Using multiple resources while learning has various advantages like:
• Access to up-to-date information
• Flexibility
• Relevant reading materials
• Independent learning
• Others

However, learners should evaluate whether the information they find is
authentic, reliable and if it matches the information they are looking for. Once
they have found their resources, they have to use them to their full potential
for learning. It takes some creative thinking and some organizing to make these
resources a regular part of their learning process.

Written by Blerta Zhara, Teacher