Learners do not need an instructor or a teacher. They need a guide or a coach. Someone who can take them on a discovery journey into their own development. Someone who creates a safe space to try things for the first time, someone who connects them to other learners so they feel comfortable to share. They need someone who communicates to them at their level, someone who builds a micro-cosmos for inspiration, reflection, opportunity and courage. Essentially, learners need someone that stimulates a dynamic and engaging learning experience and that’s what our facilitators do.
In addition to this, adult learners want to be in control of their learning – they want to understand why they are expected to learn something and thus be involved in the learning design. An agile learning approach makes this happen.
In their work with course participants, our facilitators get fascinated by connecting others and to others, fascinated to enter their world for a short while and take part in their lives, fascinated by uncovering opportunities and skills for learners to realise their own potential.
The connection triangle between facilitator, participants and learning content is interdependent; only a well-tuned balance and smooth connection between the three can provide for a unique and results-driven learning experience – that’s where we start. Our experience has shown that by appealing to the three human receptors, mind, body and soul, we can mix the senses and strengthen the learning impact on the participant.
Mind: logic and facts help to build the credibility of tools and concepts, while practicality makes on-the-job implementation easy and fast.
Body: we don’t just stand and talk; we act together, walk around and present to each other. We create a haptic experience with physical movements and try-outs.
Soul: we challenge the Status Quo and old ways of thinking through which we trigger participants’ emotions and personal relationship with a certain topic or skill. Every time this happens, the human brain builds a strong memory, ready to be retrieved instantly in the future.
Agile learning hands over responsibility to the learner; we achieve this by involving learners in content presentations or individual try-outs of concepts and skills. And we sometimes like to assign those responsibilities before the actual learning event. Digital tools and apps help us do that. Furthermore, agility in learning and facilitation allows us to increase learners’ confidence, their self-efficacy and ultimately the speed-to-results during and after the learning journey.