Using an experiential learning approach


Stella Collins, Stellar Learning Last Published  28 April 2015

This tool will help you understand the experiential learning approach and how you can use it to help people learn for themselves. Experiential learning stresses the importance of learners having an experience and learning directly from it rather than learning from a teacher or in a more theoretical way. It’s crucial to include review activities as part of an experiential learning approach to reflect on what was learned and how it was learned, as this improves participants’ ability to learn from experiences the next time. In effect people are learning about learning at the same time.

This tools gives guidance on how to work with your learning participants so that they take part in relevant experiences and activities, then reflect and learn actively for themselves rather than sitting and absorbing passively or learning from a ‘teacher’.

Who this tool is for:
This tool is for learning facilitators, managers and training designers who want to design and facilitate workshops and activities to engage learners by allowing them to experience and reflect actively.

This tool will:
  • help you engage learners so they are motivated to learn for themselves
  • suggest a mental approach to designing and delivering experiential activities
  • give you guidelines for facilitating experiential activities.

Unit: Enhancing Participant Engagement in the Learning Process (5PEL)

This tool maps to the following learning outcomes:
  • Outline the neuroscience most pertinent to learner engagement.
  • Provide examples of learning and development practice underpinned by psychology and neuroscience.