EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING IN THE WORKPLACE
Today more and more organizations are gravitating to assimilating experiential learning in the workplace. Why? Companies are starting to see the benefits of bringing in training programs that encourage learning through “doing” and “experiencing”. In this experiential learning in the workplace keynote, we will show you the benefits of experiential learning, the different experiential learning methods, and how to incorporate more experiential learning opportunities into your training programs.
OVERVIEW OF KEYNOTE
Einstein once said, “The only source of knowledge is experience.” With this in mind, do your training programs provide your employees with an experience they will remember? Creating opportunities for your employees to experience an emotional connection to a concept is what is going to stay with them, not their notes from a training session. Experiential learning allows an employee to get their hands dirty while applying what they have learned. Learning by doing provides the learner with instant feedback and the ability to reflect on what to keep doing, what to modify, or what to change altogether.
Employing multiple senses and emotional connections when training creates stronger memories. Our brains are wired to remember emotions. Experiential learning enables employees to feel something, improving the brain’s ability to remember. Training without an “experiential” component means you risk missing out on integrating what they learned into their day-to-day activities.
“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
Incorporating emotional intelligence into your employee training will also allow you to reap the greatest training ROI. People with high emotional intelligence can listen to their audience and understand their reaction to your training programs. When your trainers can gauge your learners’ sentiments accurately, they can alter their approach to engender a better dialogue, instead of just going on and on, missing the mark entirely.
Evoking emotions, creating hands-on learning experiences, and using emotional intelligence are skills that can be taught. The Experiential Learning in the Workplace keynote will dive deep into how experiential learning and emotional intelligence are critical to delivering excellent training sessions for all different types of personalities and learning styles. You will critically analyze the training methods you are implementing in your organization and explore alternative approaches to building and reinforcing the behaviours you expect in your team.
The principles of adult learning in the workplace.
The role the brain plays in learning.
Different experiential learning methods.
An experiential activity through Kolb’s learning cycle.
WHY DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION NEED EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING?
Experiential learning in the workplace gives the learner an opportunity to get creative solving problems and more motivated to learn. It provides an opportunity to reflect, make connections between new concepts and existing ones, and engage more regions in their brains. This allows the learner to make true personal connections to the material, which helps enhance their knowledge and skills and produces more meaningful learning.
Experiential learning increases the learners’ motivation to learn, it produces more autonomous learners, it increases the transfer of knowledge/skill to the workplace, and it produces more meaningful learning.
Experiential education is the ideal learning model that allows for direct, hands-on engagement with course content. The act of practicing a skill and reflecting on our experiences strengthens the neural connections in our brain, making us, in effect “smarter.” It accelerates our learning, helps us apply critical thinking and adapt to changing circumstances.
As Sir Richard Branson says, “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.”