Experiential Learning Methodology

“Learning is a process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience”1- David. A. Kolb

Experiential Learning sits at the core of all True North Learning training and development programs.

It is part of the Behavioural Sciences evolution that is driving excellence in business today, and through it we work with our clients to develop leaders and transform teams.

How it works:

Experiential Learning delivers a simulation, task, game or activity which reconfigures the learning context of the participants. This enables them to make direct learning links between their experience/s and the desired organisational behaviours.

It is a three-stage process:

  1. A simulation, activity or real-life task is developed that provides the participant/s with an experience that is relevant to the learning outcome.
  2. The participants reflect on, and gain insight from, that experience in terms of individual and team effectiveness.
  3. From that reflection / insight, desired changes in behaviours and mindsets are identified and performance gaps realised. Through facilitation, we work with the client to generate problem-solving strategies around these gaps which:
    • generate buy-in from the participants;
    • deliver awareness of, and engagement around, drivers of both effective and destructive behaviours; and 
    • create an implementation strategy that will enable the client to deliver the desired behaviours.

How we measure success:

True North Learning uses best-practice leadership, cultural and individual measurement tools that support and align with those utilised within other organisational development programs.
Our tools:
  • provide detailed gap analysis between the actual and desired behaviours, attitudes and mindsets;
  • assist in the design and delivery of programs that will address these specific gaps, and measure progress; and
  • deliver consistent measurement and reporting from the onset of the program delivery to its conclusion, underpinned by continual improvement mechanisms.
 Experiential Learning Flowchart
[1] Kolb,D. (1983). Experiential learning. Paramus, NJ: Financial Times / Prentice Hall

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