There are several aspects to consider when understanding learning styles and the optimal approach for a learner. Considering all the theories, the background of the learner is also important to consider. Social-cultural factors and past experiences of the learner in their personal lives will impact how they interact with the information. Students that have been in the military before they start college come with experiences that are different from students that enroll in college right after high school. Former military and active duty may use their experiences traveling the world or serving in leadership roles to help them understand and relate to the what they are learning. Additionally, consideration should be given to the various socio-economic backgrounds of learners. Every learner will not have the same experiences and these different experiences will provide unique opportunities to engage with courses. Given these variables, consideration must be given to unique backgrounds of learners as courses are being designed. Since there are a variety of learners, courses should employ multiple learning theories.
The learner also has an important role in the learning process. It is important that the learner be aware of the techniques and environment that best supports their success. As mentioned previously, some learners prefer online formats because they are able to work from different locations and when they have time. And other learners feel more connected to courses when they are able to attend a live lecture. Learners should also be aware of how they connect with the material they are learning. They are ultimately responsible for being open about the additional support they need. Most learners understand it is best to ask for support and direction.