Experiential Learning ~ Part 1

Building up tents togetherExperiential Learning has come to two different types of learning: 

1. Learning By Yourself; learning from experience by yourself might be called "nature's way of learning". It is "education that occurs as a direct participation in the events of life" (Houle 1980's, p221, quoted in Smith 2003)

2. In Experiential Education, the student becomes more actively involved in the learning process than in traditional, didactic education. For example, going to a zoo and learning through observation and interaction with the zoo environment is experiential and in contract to reading and talking about animals in classroom. The main difference here, from a pedagogical point of view, is that the educator who takes his/her students to the zoo rather than stay in the classroom probably values direct experience more highly than abstract knowledge.  Tent  Area

12 Reasons why Experiential Learning is effective (Luckner & Nadler): Equality, Developing relationships quickly, Disequilibrium,Projective technique, Decreased time cycle, Meta Learning, Chaos and crisis in a safe environment,Kinaesthetic imprint, Common language, Encourage risk taking, Diversity of strengths, Fun



How To Do TEAM BUILDING that actually builds teams

Here are the results of a good team building event should be:Team Building Games

  •  A deeper understanding between co-workers
  • Co workers like each other better than before 
  • An experience of having performed well together
  • A feeling that “we’re good at what we do” 
  • An increased desire to cooperate and help each other out    
  • Specific learning that can be applied at work

And maybe most of all a Sense that the event was "TIME WELL SPENT

This would actually be easy to achieve. We’d just have to change the event so that

  1. The event has common goals for all participants, making people cooperate, NOT COMPETE
  2. The event rewards those who get GOOD RESULTS but also those who HELP OTHERS GET GOOD RESULTS and those who help make it a NICE EXPERIENCE FOR EVERYONE 
  3. You take plenty of time to let participants reflect on how the learnings from the event can be applied in their work Team Building Games

You may not get the same hectic moody you get from those intensely competitive events – but that’s actually a good thing. What you would get instead is an event that is more fun for more people – and much more useful. That has to be a good thing!


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