Experiential learning is also called as ‘learning by doing’ and the training involves a two-way interaction unlike the traditional training methods which are more of one sided. Here the major focus is not just mere transfer of facts and figures but development of skills and attitudes of the participants. In this method an experience is created by either an activity or video or game and participants are encouraged to relate with an experience. Later a facilitator should debrief the experience linking it with on the job situations and observed behaviour of the participants.
1. Ability to apply and test the knowledge on the job
Experiential learning is an opportunity for participants to apply what they’ve been taught to solve real-world challenges. They can test their understanding of underlying principles, processes and procedures and can experiment and adapt learning to achieve best outcomes.
2. Access to real-time coaching and feedback for personal improvement
Achieving expertise requires practice and focused coaching based on what is observed during practice. Every experiential learning activity includes a debriefing session where participants receive feedback and coaching from facilitator and fellow team members.
3. It Strengthens the team bonding and align participants goals
In experiential training, the strengthening of team bonds is often an unintended yet welcomed side effect. Experiential training involves participants not just “learning together, but “doing” together. Hours of interaction in a safe, supportive, and fun environment do wonders to boost team morale and bring team members closer together, especially when they haven’t yet had the chance to work closely with one another.
4. It creates active involvement and engagement of the participants in the training
Most traditional training methods involve participants passively consuming material through lectures and presentations or online learning materials and assessments. The pitfall of these training methods is they’re just too boring. Experiential training sessions involves & engages participants and fosters a far more exciting, interactive environment. Getting participants Experiential methods can make participants excited about training
5. It Produces long-lasting impact and Results
Learning is more likely to stick when it’s experienced, rather than simply taught. Many studies have shown that, taking a hands-on approach to learning revealed that the parts of the brains activated while they were engaged in experiential learning. Experiential training methods involve a “hands-on” approach to training. Participants remain actively engaged throughout the training, which makes them far more likely to internalize the training and recall it long after the training session ends.
6. It helps to form healthy work habits and integration among the team
Habits only form when knowledge, skill repeatedly put it into action with right attitude. Experiential learning can motivate participants to put acquired KSA(Knowledge-Skills-Habits) into action.
For example, Participants can learn the key principles of good communication from a PowerPoint presentation, but traditional training methods won’t help participants make communicating thoughtfully a practiced habit.