We learn from our experiences. Experience helps define us and supports us as we maneuver life’s challenges, it opens our eyes to opportunity, aids our productivity, and makes us empathetic, diverse and individual. We draw on hundreds of thousands of experiences to live our everyday life. If, as humans, we learn through the power experience, then it makes sense that purposeful learning should also become an experience.
Educating your team provides them with the tools and knowledge necessary to drive forward progress. However, educating your team through the power of experiential learning, drives organizational success by connecting learners on an emotional level with the organization, content, and with each other.
In their book, Experiential Learning, Colin Beard and John P. Wilson define a well-structured experiential learning program as one that requires the learner to take initiative, make decisions and be accountable for the results, through investigating, experimenting, being curious, solving problems, assuming responsibility, being creative, and constructing meaning. (Beard, Colin and Wilson, John P. Experiential Learning 4th Edition. New York, Kogan Page, 2018, Purchasable Edition.)
The successful outcome of any experiential learning effort is based on the careful development of the program and ensuring all components are present and well-balanced. Powerful experiential learning programs create an atmosphere that fully immerses learners in the content, allowing them to gain a deeper understanding of what was learned. With that deeper understanding comes the ability to recall and leverage the content in the future.
When developing training programs, experiential learning is one of the most powerful tools in the toolbox and should be reserved for the content that requires learners to emotionally connect with the content. Traditional training methods are best for teaching processes, compliance, and tactical information, experiential learning is best leveraged when content needs to impact learners on an emotional level. For instance, training on data privacy compliance is a great fit for eLearning technology, while sharing your organizations vision, mission, and values demands a more thoughtful approach. Just teaching culture isn’t enough, you need to share your organization’s culture in a way that brings learners into your world on an emotional level. Connect new team members with your culture from the start and you are more likely to see them stay.
Take time to evaluate your existing training library and ensure a well-balanced variety of delivery methods. Identify high emotional value content where your organization can leverage the benefits of experiential learning and begin the transformation for you and your learners.
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Founded in 2020, AIM90’s mission is to curate unique learning experiences that maintain the human connection and increase information retention in a challenging and fun environment. AIM90 amplifies the impact when the content needs to drive learners to connect on an emotional level and when organizations want their teams to walk away with a deeper understanding of what was learned. AIM90 designs engaging remote, in-person, and hybrid programs.