“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
‘Experiential Learning’ or the practice of ‘learning by doing’ is making learning real-time and more engaging. This constantly strengthening phenomenon is making one have real-time experiences to develop new skills, attitudes and novel ways of thinking. Holding true to the saying that we remember: 10% of what we read, 20% of what we hear and 80% of what we experience, experiential training is bringing the saying come alive.
One example of experiential learning involves learning how to ride a bike. The learner physically interacts with the bike and registers the move and behaviour. Thus, every new attempt to ride is informed by a cyclical pattern of previous experience, thought and reflection (active experimentation)
Another example of experiential learning is going to the zoo and learning through observation and interaction with the zoo environment, as opposed to reading about animals from a book.
We at Learn360 believe strongly in enhancing learning effectiveness by bridging the gap between the classroom and the workplace through its Experiential Training programs outside traditional academic settings.
Big Question is – “What is Experiential Learning?”
Experiential learning (ExL) is the process of learning through experience, and is more narrowly defined as “learning through reflection on doing”. Hands-on learning can be a form of experiential learning, but does not necessarily involve students reflecting on their product.
Experiential Learning is a holistic learning form that is a combination of various forms of learning such as classroom, Learning through practical implementation, psychometric tool based, outbound and one-on-one coaching which helps an individual understand and apply the gained knowledge, skills and perspectives within a single learning initiative. Thus, Experiential Training provides a solution that is a conjunction of the individual along with the self, other people and the environment in which the individual operates.
Experiential Learning involves the four basic steps:
- Experiment: Facing a relevantly new situation or experience
- Review: Reviewing/Reflecting what you learned from the experience
- Concept: Concluding on the lessons your learned basis the experience
- Active: Planning and Trying out what you learned to make yourself better at it
Experiential Learning is not new concept. It has been used since ages. Repeatedly, this unique method of training has proven as an effective way to engage employees and improve the learning experience. It’s time you adopt this in your training strategy to get the results you desire.