Everblue Understands You

Mon, 2012-08-27 13:36

At some point in your life, you may have heard someone say, “I don’t understand what you’re saying. Can you draw it out for me? I’m more of a visual learner.” This individual wasn’t trying to be difficult. Everyone learns and comprehends information differently. Whether or not we acknowledge it, we all associate ourselves with one of these three popular learning styles, as they are called: Visual, Auditory, Kinetic / Interactive.

Visual learners prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding to comprehend information. This may include drawing out the details of a word problem, in order to view the “big picture” and sort through the unnecessary information.

Auditory learners prefer using sound and music when learning new material. Some individuals make up songs filled with important facts as their way of remembering content.

Kinetic / Interactive learners prefer using their bodies, hands, and sense of touch. Some people need to touch an object or go through the motions of performing an activity to really feel as though they have understood each step in the process. They immerse themselves in the experience.

We are capable of using all three methods of learning, but many of us have a clear preference.

Everblue’s sustainability training courses cater to these learning styles so every student has a chance to succeed. Our curriculum developers make a note to incorporate multiple learning styles into the course materials, and our instructors have a way of presenting the material in a way that utilizes all the styles.

For example, Everblue's BPI Building Analyst course, offered in both live and online formats, can satisfy visual, auditory, and kinetic learners. We include videos and photos in our course presentations, and our instructors often utilize white boards and flip charts to further explain concepts in a visual manner. The act of listening to our instructor speak, as well as the implementation of mnemonics, repetition, and wordplay, allows the auditory learners process the information the way that suits them. Lastly, students in Everblue’s BPI training courses all get a chance to interactive with the real tools and equipment that BPI-certified energy auditors use on the job. During the field training component of the class, students are required to set up and operate a blower door, manometer, CO analyzer, and combustible gas leak detector. Our BPI students are exposed to all three learning styles, and we have found this to be a very successful model for our courses.

Regardless of which class you register for - be it LEED, Solar, RESNET, Corporate Sustainability, or something else - we can guarantee that you will have a rewarding learning experience. It is our goal to see you succeed. We love getting student feedback, too, because it helps us update and customize our curriculum to make it that much better for future students.

Check out our course catalog to learn more about the green jobs training we offer.

By Lesley Cowie

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