C. Leemans, (2010). Engaging Experiential Learning Activities
Ideally experiential learning happens “at work” and is simply part of useful, effective, added-value work, where people don’t just do what they do, but keep their eyes open for what happens, try to understand that and adapt their course of action to improve the outcomes. That growing “awareness” for improvement opportunities simply by ‘processing’ experience or the insight that changes in the environment demand for a different approach, is nothing else but : LEARNING.
But in real work situations you cannot ‘direct’ what happens and in the heat of the moment, significant observations are not always addressed… the game must go on and workload or urgencies are often in the way of thorough processing of experience and experimenting new approaches.
In “off-work” circumstances, workshops but also team meetings for instance, you can create the context to process experiences at work and if there is no immediate ‘common experience’ as the offset of an experiential learning process, you can ‘introduce’ those (near to real) experiences through a number of learning activities.