Accelerated Learning (AL) is grounded in the view that Adults Learn Far More from active participation in learner-centred, brain-friendly learning than they do from traditional, instructor-led training.

Knowledge is not something a learner absorbs, but something a learner creates. Learning happens when a learner integrates new knowledge and skill into his or her existing structure of self. Learning is literally a matter of creating new meanings, new neural networks, and new patterns of electro/chemical interactions …” Dave Meier, the Accelerated Learning Handbook

Accelerated Learning incorporates evidence-based learning (how the brain works) theory, with practical design, delivery and engagement methods, guided by a very particular set of Principles;

  1. Learning Involves the Whole Mind and Body
  2. Learning is Creation, Not Consumption
  3. Collaboration Aids Learning
  4. Learning Takes Place on Many Levels Simultaneously
  5. Learning Comes From Doing the Work Itself (With Feedback)
  6. Positive Emotions Greatly Improve Learning
  7. The Image Brain Absorbs Information Instantly and Automatically

SAVI Learning Style

Accelerated Learning proposes;

4 Learning Styles, which are Somatic, Auditory, Visual & Intellectual

And 8 Sensory Modes; Moving, Doing, Talking, Hearing, Observing, Picturing, Problem-Solving & Reflection

Each Learning Style is associated with two Sensory Modes;

  • Somatic learning involves movement, activity, doing stuff.
  • Auditory learning involves talking, hearing and listening to discussion, debate, alternative viewpoints, group reviews and reflections.
  • Visual learning involves watching and seeing, and includes actual (pictures, slides, posters, scenes…) and mental imagery. This is a most important point, as mental imaging is a critical ability for learning.
  • Intellectual learning involves using the Grey Matter to solve problems, examine issues from different perspectives, reflect, make sense of learning experiences, generate new and creative ideas, experiment and evaluate.


AL Design aims to weave these style and modes into the very fabric of the learning experience, providing “rich, multi-sensory” encounters that relate clearly to what “people actually have to do and be” (e.g. to demonstrate the learning outcomes).

There is much more to be said about Accelerated Learning, but that would take me off in other directions. If you want to know more, check out the links below.

Sources and Resources

Dave Meier (2000). The Accelerated Learning Handbook McGraw-Hill, New York

Accelerated Learning Tips and Techniques, Accelerated Learning Center (US)

Using Accelerated Learning Techniques, United Nations Institute for Training and Research

Introduction to Accelerated Learning, Open University “Open Learn” Module


This is the next-to-last post in this learning styles series, which we will wrap up next week!

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