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Open University students who are or once were enrolled on the U101: Design & Creative Thinking in the 21st Century will no doubt recall the TMA11 assignment. Among other tasks, students are asked to make comment and pronouncements about their learning styles as determined by the undertaking of an online learning style survey, the results of which lead to a number of  learning style categories and against whichtutors are required to offer some sort of learning strategy recommendation.


The shocking and inconvenient fact of the matter is that when it comes to learning styles and the effectiveness of teaching in response to learning style preferences, I’ve found myself moving from a position of relaxed agnosticism on the issue to one of deep skepticism. In short; I’ve come to think that designing instruction for learning styles is largely an alchemical delusion.