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Experiential Learning as a tool for Educators

The Experiential Learning method can be used as a valuable tool by the educators of today. As the trend towards more balanced and multi-skilled individuals grows the concerned educator/facilitator is constantly looking for ways to improve his teaching skills to not only offer the learner information, but also experiences, that enable the learner to understand and retain better. Such experiential learning also caters to different kinds of learners.

Experiential Curriculums

The flexibility of experiential learning can be used to teach any subject. Subjects in Math, Science, geography or any topic can be imparted experientially. The institute works closely with educators to understand the learning need and designs customized curriculums keeping learning objectives, the children's abilities and the location in mind.

Why teach Experientially?

Teaching experientially offers:

Holistic Learning

Experiential Learning brings a holistic approach to learning with learners given the opportunity to explore different ways of learning! It is a method that is need-specific and works around an individual's capacity, where learning happens by actually doing, an approach that is far more inclusive than conventional learning. EL triggers kinesthetic, audio, visual and tactile senses of a person thus leaving deeply engraved impressions on the individual mind.

Longer lasting Learning

In the information era, learners are swamped with information overload from numerous sources.

Recent studies have demonstrated that between 50-90 percent of student recall depends upon their direct participation in the material in which they are being instructed (National Training Laboratories, 2003). They estimate that students who participate in discussion group sessions recall over 50 percent of material that they learn, while 'practice by doing' contributes to about 75 percent retention. By far the most impressive retention statistic, however, is that students retain over 90 percent of the material to which they are exposed if they are required to use the material immediately or engage in teaching others.

Experiential learning leaves a very strong kinesthetic imprint on an individual, which in turn results in longer retention. We almost never forget something we experienced or something we did with our own hands!

Foster Creativity

The process of learning experientially allows room for individuality. As we learn by doing and reflecting, or from our mistakes, we reflect on our actions and the take-way learning is applied in another experience.

Experiential Learning uses great tools for reflection and learning such as interviews, story-telling, exploratory games, hands on craft, simulations, role plays, debates, nature and outdoor games, adventure and cultural exchange, encouraging learners to express creatively and thus retain the lessons of experience.

Experiential Learning is active and fun, enjoyable as well as creative. Active learning translates directly into better learning and is a lot more fun! A lot of experiential learning, like making movies, creating a book, building a sculpture, and writing a play all encourage creativity during active learning!

How can I teach Experientially?

Design your Experiential Curriculum. Contact the design and research team at the institute for a customized experience for the subject or topic of your choice, keeping the learning objectives and learner profile in mind.

Illustration:

Kaveri River Project

The Kaveri Project was an attempt to teach children about the River Kaveri Experientially!

The children aged between 8 yrs to 14 yrs traveled from the origin to the delta of the river, learning along the way about its nature, the people and culture around it, the dams built on it, architecture, former dynasties and rulers that existed along the the river. They meet farmers, dam engineers, local musicians, and communities, understanding cultures of different regions. Done in four stages, the children spent weeks along the river, learning and documenting their experiences as history, geography, botany, zoology and ecology came alive before their eyes.