As technology continues to reshape the world around us, learning, too, has evolved from traditional classroom-based teaching to experiential learning. With the advent of AI, we now have access to a wealth of information at our fingertips. However, more than merely access to information alone is needed to prepare the next-generation workforce. To keep up with the pace of change, our learning must shift its focus from an information-based approach to experiential learning.
First and foremost, experiential learning puts the individual at the center of the learning process. Unlike traditional approaches focused on information dissemination, experiential learning is a hands-on approach that values the application of knowledge gained through experience. This enables learners to develop real-world skills and apply them in practical settings.
Secondly, experiential learning emphasizes social and collaborative learning. The presence of a community and collaboration leads to enhanced learning outcomes. Discussions, reflections, and feedback from peers and teachers provide a richer and more holistic understanding of the topic. The social learning element fuels a continuous loop of learning as learners absorb, apply, discuss, reflect, and finally absorb new information based on this richer understanding.
Thirdly, experiential learning methods are adaptable and allow for a personalized learning experience. With traditional teaching methods, learners had to cope with a structured curriculum without any say in how they would like to learn. On the other hand, experiential learning enables learners to customize their course based on their interests and strengths, which makes the learning experience more engaging and enjoyable.
Fourthly, experiential learning develops the whole person. It is not just about acquiring knowledge but developing invaluable life skills such as leadership, teamwork, and communication. By focusing on the overall development of the learner, experiential learning is geared towards producing individuals who can make a meaningful contribution to society.
We believe experiential learning is a crucial differentiator in course delivery. It offers an effective method for quality education for learners to:
- acquire valuable life skills,
- develop a deeper understanding of the subject,
- engage in a more meaningful way with peers and teachers, and
- improve overall learning outcomes.
As the world continues to change at an unprecedented pace, learning must make a shift towards experiential learning to prepare you for success in your personal and professional lives.
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