ISSUE #68 – Sudhir Nair (pictured below), Lead Learning Associate, Creative Leadership in Asia, shares with us about immersive learning experiences and how it can be incorporated at the workplace and in business.
Experiential Learning activities need to integrate our human senses to be able to achieve the right immersive quality to engage and impact.
Here are two types of multi-sensory experiential learning activities, when done right, can be immensely impactful.
PLAY Based Activities
When we were young, we discovered more about ourselves, learnt from mistakes and developed new skills, through Play. Through Play we also made new friends and fostered strong relationships. Play had the ability to stir in us strong emotional connections. So we know of the power of Play, but have largely ignored this in our adulthood.
Play brings joyfulness and when integrated in the work space, is vital for problem solving, creativity and building strong inter personal relationships. All of which help create the climate for inclusivity, engagement and innovation to thrive. Let’s qualify this though… It is serious Play, in that it has a neuro-science underpinning its structure and methodology and needs to be led by a qualified and experienced facilitator with proper design, frontload and debrief.
VISUAL and PERFORMING Arts
The objective of arts-based learning is to create immersive learning experiences using artistic processes to help people gain new insights and perspectives about issues and challenges.
Through Art, we can bring the conceptual and abstract to tangible life. Imagine being able to translate your corporate values and vision, your business challenges and issues to art and then be able to explain it in a deep and simple manner. Imagine being able to dramatise your business solutions so that you are able to immediately see it in action for immediate review. Imagine being able to create the right conditions for talent to emerge, collaborate and unite, to create beautiful ‘music’ together.
When organised and facilitated well, this is what Art offers; a simulated space that replicates the very essence of the work environment, where it is safe to ask the deeper questions that lead to the emotional truth about a situation.
Experiential learning is powerful on its own or can be integrated to complement the traditional and online (e – learning) training and learning approaches, by creating concrete experiences that enhance interactivity and participation, for greater transfer of learning.
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