The Learning Arena is a practical model underpinning our approach to experiential learning.
Experiential Learning involves the progressive sequence: activity > learning > implementation > learning > implementation. All too often the activity is the focus, not the learning or the implementation. MTa’s aim is to improve performance through learning, so all of our packages provide facilitators, trainers and teachers the tools to take their learners systematically through the Learning Arena described below …
1. Choose an MTa activity
Match discussion topics that are provided within the facilitator’s notes with participants’ needs: the learning opportunities offered by each activity are mapped onto MTa's model of human behaviour
Use MTa’s comprehensive facilitator guides together with tried and tested participants’ briefs.
3. Individual thinking time
Help participants think critically with review questionnaires. This stimulates structured reflection about what happened in the activity, and initiates thinking that will lead to personal learning.
4. Group review
Use the review sheets to provide a framework for group discussion and ensure that all participants can contribute and learn.
5. Draw conclusions
Evaluate and select ideas that will improve individual and team performance.
6. Transfer the learning to the workplace
Use our learning transfer system to help individuals use their new skills and knowledge in the workplace.
7. Improved workplace performance
Improved workplace performance based on the personal learning participants gained through experiential learning.
The best experiential activities are inconsequential
When we write activities, our aim is for individuals to become absorbed in activity that will provide experiences upon which participants can reflect and build. Some learning may take place as people tackle a task, but the majority of work and consequent learning takes place as participants review, analyse, discuss, plan and select ideas for change in the Learning Arena.
Once inside the Learning Arena the aim is for the individual to learn how they can improve their performance by:
developing an understanding of what happened during the activity and why, with a particular emphasis on their part in the process
identifying the positive aspects of their approach and considering how they can be put to best use in the future
identifying the negative aspects of their approach and considering and testing various ways of improving upon or overcoming them
deciding and committing personally to their chosen actions and measures of success
planning to review after implementation (i.e. planning to re-enter a subsequent Learning Arena).
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