Experiential Learning – How We Do It
As experienced providers of team bonding and training activities, we go out of our way to provide workshops that ensure that everyone learns more effective ways of working together to meet your business goals.
That’s why experiential learning is at the heart of all our facilitated team development workshops.
Why is experiential learning different?
When we think of learning, we envisage sitting in a classroom, being spoon fed information by a teacher. These days, it’s recognised that this approach is not necessarily the best way of learning.
It’s estimated that 30 days after a classroom lesson, the average student recalls just 2% -3% of what they learned. In contrast, experiential learning, also known as “learning by doing”, is one of the most effective ways for students to retain information.
So, how does experiential learning work?
- It facilitates learning
Experiential learning involves critical thinking, creative problem solving and logical decision making proven to speed up learning. It is much easier to recall an experience than a fact.
- It provides a safe space to make mistakes
Mistakes are inevitable. Experiential learning programmes allow participants to face scenarios inspired by work-related problems so they can be free to try new approaches, secure in the knowledge that mistakes won’t have negative consequences.
- It puts theory into practice
Whether you’re struggling to understand a concept or you want to remember a crucial idea, it’s much easier when you’ve seen it in practice. First-hand experience can replace hours of classroom learning.
Whether you want your managers to improve their leadership skills or you need better team communication, seeing it in action will make it much easier to take that newly found knowledge back to the workplace.
- It actively changes mind-sets
It’s very difficult to change the way someone thinks through reason. Experiential learning demonstrates just why a particular approach is either effective or ineffective.
- It increases self-awareness
Knowledge of our strengths and weaknesses is essential to improve our behaviour for the best results. Experiential learning gives a very powerful demonstration of where our talents and preferences lie. It helps your team discover how they can best support their colleagues so everyone performs better.
- It promotes participation
An experiential learning programme motivates individuals to be involved in their team’s success. Since all participants have an active role in solving problems, everyone has an increased desire to see the whole team succeed, both at the workshop and in the office.
- It provides great value for money
Due to the personal, transformative nature of experiential learning, individuals experience a high level of retention. This means that investing in an experiential learning workshop will continue to deliver results long after a traditional management training course would have been forgotten.
- It allows for personalisation
Experiential learning is, by default, a personalised programme, so we can adapt it to suit your needs. This means that every participant benefits, regardless of their position within the company or their level of personal development.
WHAT WE DON’T DO
If you haven’t heard of experiential learning or seen its benefits yourself, you might be concerned about what it involves. When you come to us for an experiential learning workshop, we won’t:
- Make you feel uncomfortable or self-conscious
- Make you do activities just because
- Expect you to be a passive student
- Force you into physically difficult challenges with limited connection to your work
You’ll be amazed at the impact a day of experiential learning can have. Not only does it give your team skills and insights that could take months to learn otherwise – if at all – it’s fun and memorable, so the lessons will last a lifetime.