Learning Agility

Are you looking to build a classroom of learners who can confidently take any task on board—regardless of whether they’re familiar with the content? Experiential learning is the answer.

This modern educational pedagogy is critical for preparing graduates with the 21st-century skills necessary to thrive in the working world—and learning agility is no exception.

Wondering why experiential learning and learning agility are so deeply connected? Let’s start with a couple of quick definitions; then, we’ll dive into the details.

What is experiential learning?

Experiential learning is an educational approach focusing on inquiry-driven investigation and experimentation. The method emphasises ‘learning by doing’, with analysis and reflection being core elements.

American educational theorist David A. Kolb first published his experiential learning model in 1984. He presented the theory as a ‘cycle’, where learners move through each stage: thinking, acting, experiencing, and reflecting.

For example, you could apply Kolb’s experiential learning theory in a horticultural studies classroom by setting up a project where students build a small hydroponic farm. From researching hydroponics to planning their garden and watching it grow, students will see the results of their efforts first-hand. Your learners could then reflect on the success of their garden and take notes about potential changes or improvements.

Experiential learning has immense benefits for students, especially those preparing to enter the working world. Boosting learning agility is one key benefit.

What is learning agility?

Learning agility describes an individual’s ability to adapt to change and pick up new skills. It’s a skill that learners can develop and improve upon over time—but it requires initiative and a strong foundation of self-confidence.

The ability to confidently adapt to changes is critical in the 21st-century workplace where new technologies constantly arise. An agile learner will quickly adjust to program or policy changes without losing momentum or becoming stressed.

Learning through experience: the key to creating agile learners

So, how exactly does experiential learning boost learning agility?

Well, it’s all about exposing learners to new challenges and experiences. When a student attempts an unfamiliar project or task and sees the results of their efforts first-hand, their confidence will skyrocket—it’s much more motivating than a simple number or letter grade!

Even if a student doesn’t necessarily ‘succeed’ in completing their task or project, they’ll still benefit immensely from the experience. This is where the ‘reflection’ aspect of experiential learning comes in. When students can analyse, learn from, and capitalise on their ‘failures’, they’ll ultimately become more adaptable, agile learners.

The more new experiences a student is exposed to, the more agile they’ll become—so keep those projects challenging and varied! Learning to persevere through difficulties, reflect upon mistakes, and approach unfamiliar projects will confidence will prepare them for a lifetime of career success.

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