Credits: Photgraphy by Amoghavira
Time to think, tailored to each customer:
helps people think outside the box
.... but doesn't come out of one
engaging positively and supportively with individuals and groups
development activity relating clearly to people’s own experience
events which are enjoyable, memorable and involving for participants
learning with measurable impact on the organisation’s bottom line
learning which can be taken beyond the seminar into the real world outside
developing better balance between 'centrally-organised' and 'self-managed' learning.
“I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.” Winston Churchill
Input and information-giving is useful up to a point, but people learn best when they:
exercise some control and responsibility for the direction of their own learning
are able to make use of their own experience as a starting point and throughout the process
are given opportunities and guidance to reflect on their experience and turn it into learning
are dealing with problems and issues that have immediate relevance and application
are able to learn by doing, with an opportunity to apply theory in practice
can share ideas and feelings with other people and to learn from their experience and ideas.
An approach that is too content-centred conveys the message that learners cannot solve problems themselves.
This means not relying on non-stop ‘expert’ presentations, instead:
interactive material with plenty of tasks, focused on users’ own practical experience
backed up with the theories and experience of the top practitioners and thinkers in the field
related to practical application to users’ own lives long after the learning event has finished.
Examples of work delivered are here.