As part of the resources available for you to use out of the box with your learners, there is a VAK learning style assessment. 

However, you also have the ability to create your own based around 4 different learning style theories: 

  • VAK 
  • VARK 
  • Kolb 
  • Honey and Mumford 


Learning style questions must be added against a criterion in a course. Select add question against the criterion to be taken to the question wizard, the criteria will be prepopulated with the name of the criterion that you have selected.

Click on the “Question Type” tab and select the learning style question type. 


You will then be presented with 4 learning theories to choose from. VAK, VARK, Kolb or Honey and Mumford. 

Depending on your selection, you will be presented with different answer boxes to complete. 

For a VAK learning style question, there will be learning type description boxes for visual, auditory and kinaesthetic. 

For a VARK learning style question, there will be learning type description boxes for visual, auditory, reading and kinaesthetic. 

For a Kolb learning style question, there will be learning type description boxes for diverging, assimilating, converging and accommodating. 

For a Honey and Mumford learning style question, there will be learning type description boxes for reflector, theorist, pragmatist and activist. 

Type the scenario into the question box and populate the learning type description boxes with appropriate statements for that learning type. 

The example shown below is populated for a VAK learning style question. 

Once this is completed, select one of the save options to save your question. 

Continue this process until you have built up your bank of learning style questions for your assessment. 

From the courses tab, select create assessment from the “manage course/ unit/ criteria” button, you will then be taken to the assessment wizard. 

Give your assessment a name and then select “Learning Style Assessment” from the assessment type drop-down list. 

A new option will appear called “Learning Type”, choose the appropriate learning type from this dropdown menu. 

You will then be presented with appropriate learning style descriptions for the learning type that you have selected. 

These descriptions will be shown to the participant once they have completed the assessment, so should contain hints and tips on how that type of learner can learn best. 

For example: Visual learners learn best when information is presented in a written language format or in another visual format such as pictures or diagrams. 

Populate the description boxes with appropriate descriptions of the learning styles for the learning type that you have selected. These are mandatory boxes, you will not be able to save the assessment if they are not completed. 

Set up the rest of the parameters for the assessment as usual. 

In the question selection area, if you have chosen to create the assessment at a course or unit level, any criteria that do not contain learning style type questions will be automatically disabled. 

Questions will only be available for selection for the learning type that you have chosen. For example, if you have VAK and Kolb type questions set up and are creating a VAK type of assessment, then only VAK questions will appear for selection. 

If you choose static questions, expand the criterion/ criteria that the questions are in to select or reorder the learning style questions under each criterion. 

If you choose random questions, expand the criterion/ criteria that the questions are in, click “Add total questions” and select how many questions you want to appear for that criterion and click save. 

The assessment can now be saved. Once saved, it will appear under the assessments tab and you will be able to send it to a participant either directly from Smart VLE or as an activity in Smart Assessor. 

The questions will appear to the participant as a multiple-choice type question. 

The results of a learning style assessment are calculated on the percentage of responses for each learning style a participant has given.

If the participant is completing a VAK type assessment, then any learning style that has scored over 30% will be displayed as a result in descending order with the descriptions for those type of learning styles. 

If the participant is completing a VAK, Kolb or Honey and Mumford type assessment, then any learning style that has scored over 25% will be displayed as a result in descending order with the descriptions for those types of learning styles. 

In this example, the participant has come out as a strong visual learner. 

In this example, the participant has come out as an auditory/ visual learner. 

If the participant does not complete any questions within the assessment, they will receive a message that states 

“Thank you for completing this assessment. Unfortunately, we are unable to determine your learning style. Please speak to your advisor.” 

As an author, you can view the results of a learning style assessment in the assigned assessments tab. Any assessments that are unanswered but completed show as learning type unknown. 

When viewing the answers for a learning style assessment, you can see the learning type that is associated with each statement. 

The learning style results also show in the results column if you run an assessments results report.