An introduction to experiential learning

Experiential learning means learning by doing and direct ‘hands-on’ experiences.

We can be told something or read something but for deep rooted learning to take place, we must experience a situation or an approach for ourselves.

As a Business Adviser (BA) it is your responsibility to help the students learn from their experiences, and not get stuck in unhelpful ways of doing things.

Company Programme is a hands-on experience, with learnings reinforced through you helping the students reflect on what they have encountered and achieved.

A cycle of reflection

Experiential learning allows the team to make mistakes, ensuring positive lessons are learned from these.

From time to time, the team will learn more from a sub-optimal decision and its consequences than being prevented from making the decision.

Your role as a facilitator of the learning and development process is vital in building a cycle of reflection into the activities of the programme. Experiential learning is a facilitated active process to ensure learning is not just left to chance but is maximised and put into practice.

An effective Business Adviser encourages the students to regularly reflect on the employability skills they are using and developing, through this process they are encouraged to consider when these skills might be useful in future life and work.

Experiential learning videos

What is Experiential Learning?

Your role as a learning facilitator:

The review stage of the cycle:

The apply stage:

Employability skills:

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