By using VARK in our teaching our students starts to reflect of their own and others learning – in that way we improve!
VARK was used in a survey of a state-wide police force to ascertain the learning preferences. Some demographic and work-specific IT choices were included as well. Over 2700 individuals completed the survey and the data was analyzed by VARK staff into the requested tables and charts. These results formed part of a report that has been used to inform the human resource development function generally.
In late 2010 and 2011 my company (AK Nextant LLC) was engaged in a strategic visioning project with Microsoft’s global customer support division (CSS). We worked with Neil to incorporate VARK into a significant survey of Microsoft customers that was attempting to explore actionable market segmentation criteria among Microsoft’s customers. The intention was that VARK might provide some insights into the characteristic behaviours of Microsoft customers and allow for improved communication back to those customers through customisable modes of presentation. The cut-down VARK questionnaire was part of a much larger survey to 2,000 customers and the results provided some very informative feedback and gave us deeper insights as to how Microsoft’s Customer Support division could improve customer engagement through more directly tailoring customer interactions. That project became bedrock to a new long term Vision for Microsoft’s Customer Support division and has also contributed to how CSS now looks at developing new web-based support services.
BARBRI is a company in the United States that offers a widely-used bar exam preparation course. American recipients of a Juris Doctor degree can attend a six-week BARBRI course which features lectures by law professors on the six major areas covered on the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) –torts, contracts, real property, evidence, criminal law, and constitutional law – along with additional lectures on the specific law of the state. Most of the lectures are presented in person, remotely on DVD, or online through the BARBRI website. BARBRI also supplies participants with outlines of the topic areas tested on each state’s bar exam, practice essay questions, and multiple-choice questions.BARBRI has a very significant presence in the world of legal learning and education. It serves the overwhelming majority of US law graduates, as they prepare for their professional examinations and into qualification within the various states.
BARBRI has a considerable interest in educational achievement through the timely provision of a wide range of resources VARK-Learn’s involvement with BARBRI meant that each law graduate in a number of US states, who was facing professional examinations, had access to a customized VARK Profile detailing the strategies that should be used for their learning. That service was delivered over three summer and three winter graduate programmes. Its continuation through that time indicated its merit. It ended in 2013 when BARBRI chose to reconsider its law programmes and that continues to the present. There is a possibility that VARK may be part of that reconsideration in the future.
VARK assists our new students to identify their learning styles. This helps them understand which study methods can contribute to the effectiveness of their learning. This has enabled many of our students to make a success of their studies.
At my division of Time Inc. in Tampa, we continue to suggest that leaders have their new employees visit your public website to take the VARK questionnaire. Some leaders are more keen on it than others, naturally. My overall impression is that our focused time with you did a fine job of heightening awareness and helped our leaders realize they shouldn’t treat everyone the same with regard to sharing/gathering information. The overall concepts have stuck because it’s not uncommon to hear the term ‘VARK’ mentioned in meetings/discussions.