Apr 13

Self-Directed and Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience, and is more specifically defined as “learning through reflection on doing”. Hands-on learning is a form of experiential learning but does not necessarily involve students reflecting on their product.

In its broadest meaning, self-directed learning describes a process in which individuals take the initiative, with or without the help of others, in diagnosing their learning needs, formulating learning goals, identifying human and material resources for learning, choosing and implementing appropriate learning …

 


Experiential Learning Vs. Traditional Learning Methodologies

More than a hundred years ago, Hermann Ebbinghaus formulated the learning curve, which describes the relationship between memory and time. In a nutshell, it says that, during a lecture, if your absorption rate is at 100 percent on day one, there is a 50-80 percent loss of learning from the second day onward, which is reduced to a retention rate of just 2-3 percent at the end of thirty days.

This theory is even more relevant in today’s world where attention spans have come down and learning sometimes is reduced to 140 characters! How then can ‘Experiential Learning’ help overcome this situation?

Experiential learning, at its core, is the philosophy that individuals learn material, techniques and core skills while doing a task. We believe there are eight reasons why experiential learning is the future of learning.

Experiential Learning:

  • Accelerates Learning
  • Provides a safe Learning Environment
  • Bridges the Gap Between Theory and Practice
  • Produces Demonstrable Mindset Changes
  • Increases Engagement Levels
  • Provides Accurate Assessment Results
  • Enables Personalized Learning
  • 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.

So, be prepared to revolutionize your training program...