Experiential Learning Strategies Help Engage Adult Learners and Maximize Learning Outcomes
Facilitators and trainers should constantly strive to learn and use accelerated or experiential learning strategies and activities (i.e. energizers). These can help make their learning environments more fun, engaging and effective. Session leaders should also explore keep up with the latest brain-based learning research in order to identify ways to better incorporate activities, games and environmental elements. Some studies indicate that factors, such as color, light, sound, music, and nutrition can help stimulate a learner’s brain.
Experiential Learning Strategies Help Engage Adult Learners and Maximize Learning Outcomes by The Creative Trainer
Effective energizers are great for getting adult learners up and out of their seats and physically and mentally involved. As a facilitator, you should strive to conduct creative training activities that will address all three adult learning styles/modalities (e.g. visual, auditory and kinesthetic). You should also create a state of active learner engagement throughout the session. This allows adult learners to become active participants in the learning process.
Experiential learning strategies like energizer activities and games help reinforce learning of key session concepts. By allowing learners to network and work in groups, they can share ideas and identify solutions to workplace issues and problems. You can use case studies and roleplay to facilitate interaction and help accomplish your learning objectives.
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