We believe there are eight reasons why experiential learning is the future of learning.
- Accelerates Learning
Repetitive Learning or learning by rote has long been replaced by ‘Learning by Doing.’ Experiential Learning methodology uses critical thinking, problem solving and decision making to deliver a training module. This has become an established method to accelerate learning.
- Provides a Safe Learning Environment
Simulations use real life scenarios that depict several challenges, which a participant will eventually face after the course completion. It is only natural that mistakes happen during the course of learning, and using simulations is like taking kids to a playground, and getting them to have fun, try new things and learn, in a safe controlled environment.
- Bridges the Gap Between Theory and Practice
By moving beyond theory to the realm of “learning by doing,’ the trainee gets a first hand experience of practicing what has been taught. This plays a crucial role in retaining concepts and ideas.
- Produces Demonstrable Mind-set Changes
There are very few learning methods that can have a dramatic impact on the participant’s mind-set. Experiential Learning is one of them.
- Increases Engagement Levels
The high focus on collaboration and learning from each other benefits the participant as it increases engagement. On the other hand, since the participant is immediately involved in the problem solving activity or event, the level of ownership of the outcome is high.
- Delivers Exceptional Return on Investment (RoI)
Experiential learning is personal and effective in nature, influencing both feelings and emotions as well as enhancing knowledge and skills. It goes beyond classroom learning and ensures that there is high level of retention, thereby delivering exceptional RoI over a traditional learning program.
- Enables Personalised Learning
Experiential-learning methodology is highly effective in meeting requirements to enable personalised learning. It is a radical departure from traditional learning methods and takes the learning beyond the workshop. The participants set their own learning pace. By combining technology and simulations with experiential learning, companies are making this concept available anytime and anywhere, across multiple devices. This has introduced the concepts of flipped classroom, where the learning goes to the learner and not the other way.
- Business simulations
You would be horrified if pilots learnt to fly 30,000 feet up in a plane full of passengers and they don’t they learn in a flight simulator where they can make mistakes in a safe environment where there is no risk to passengers. Business simulations using actors to play customers or direct reports allow your people to practice, make mistakes and try new things, with no fear of damaging real relationships. Adding a business simulation into your training courses with professional actors will make them challenging, fun and memorable. You want any help with doing this just drop us a line we would be happy to help.