QR codes and Multi-sensory Learning
It’s just under 5 Months since we launched the first of the Challenge Series entitled AUTUMN. one of my own ambitions was to accommodate different learning styles.
Sandwich and Cabot’s Tern ID
This video is from QR code material which accompanies the Terns chapter in the book.
I have been delighted by the overall response. I realise not everyone has entered into the material in the QR codes, and a few have struggled to access them (due to technologies we don’t necessarily have control over).
I am pretty passionate about, for example, the video material, as a means of learning and taking on the material for those less inclined to read.
Here are the QR codes pages for Snipe and Lesser Whitethroats. The plan has always been to provide a means to adding new material which can also be done here.
We have had lots of lovely encouragements on the book itself. I can’t reproduce all the comments- here’s couple of recent ones especially re the QR code material:
A Letter on multi-sensory learning:
Roger wrote recently and gave permission to reproduce his comments:
I bought your book a couple of months back and only got around to checking out the QR codes to the video links etc over the Christmas holidays. I just wanted to say a huge thank you!
I’m very much a visual (spatial) learner and the book/photographs are great but I think I’ve absorbed more information through the videos than anything. You may or may not be aware but studies have shown that 10% people retain information through reading, 20% through what they hear and 30% through what they see. When formats are used in combination that increases by a huge leap to 50% who retain the information, so in my opinion you and your team have nailed it by using this combination of formats to showcase your studies.
I thought it might be of interest to provide a little more info on the subject to help qualify my previous points (I’m no expert by the way but being married to a teacher who specialises in Specific Learning Difficulties, I’ve picked up an understanding of how these things work and how it explains my own visual stress issues). For me personally reading is exhaustive. I have to read a page over and over just to take it in (quite a common problem for many people), after one or two pages I’m tired enough to sleep – even if I was wide awake just a few minutes before. This is a visual stress issue and relates to tracking difficulties from line to line on a page of text. Likewise if you’re weaker in the audio sensory learning skills it may actually be impossible for you to hear subtle differences between similar bird calls, for example you could be an excellent birder who just can’t differentiate between goldcrest and firecrest calls or even to retain bird calls to memory. There’s a huge overlap between learning skills and nobody relies on just one learning style but many people tend to be stronger in one area or another and that’s where using a multi-sensory learning approach comes into its own. Add a sonogram with a bird call and then even those who can’t hear any difference between two calls can see the difference and that can be enough to help them ‘hear’ the difference. The videos reinforce the information through visual and auditory learning. And that’s where I found your book so incredibly useful, you’ve covered all those learning styles – in fact I probably didn’t need to waffle on as you clearly have an understanding of this already. By covering the subject strategically in a multi-format way you are reaching out to far more people and making the subject accessible to them – job done!
Thanks again though, it’s a breakthrough birding book on so many levels. Can’t wait for the next one and I sincerely hope you retain the videos, they are a fantastic learning tool and resource, especially for us visual learners.
Roger Harris, Chard, Somerset
How to get a copy
If you’ve bought a copy of the book, I hope you’re enjoying it. If you haven’t got a copy yet- all the info to get one is here. Click on Challenge Series: AUTUMN.
Message from Austria
Thanks to from Christian Schano Austria who recent wrote in:
“Purchasing the “Challenge Series: Autumn” is definitely a choice I will not regret. I am highly satisfied with the amount of information packed into such an assessable book. Reading not only makes you want to immediately grab your binoculars and practise the newly acquired information but also teaches the modality of extending your personal skill-set. The book does not leave you in despair with meticulous information you cannot even use outside, but provides details that really are helpful in the field. Some (at least to me) really complex taxa are unravelled absolutely straightforward and led me to several “oooooooohhhhhhhh”-reactions.
Thank you for sharing decades of field-experience of many experienced birders with a more general public, Martin. I am absolutely sure your Challenge Series do affect birders of all skill-levels not only in the United Kingdom, but all around Europe.”