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Learning by Doing Proves Effective
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Traditionally, employee training follows a pretty rigid structure. Workers gather in a conference room, listen to a lecture, and go off to perform a new task or follow a new procedure. Training is necessary to establish expectations and instill company culture, but not everyone is suited to this style of learning. That’s why many organizations are using experiential learning, a process in which employees practice a new task in real-world environments and then take some time to reflect on their performance. This method has numerous advantages, including creating a more engaging training environment and thereby creating stronger connections and memories related to the material taught. “Experiential learning provides an opportunity for continuous learning and improvement. Learning by doing provides the learner with instant feedback and the ability to reflect on what to keep doing, what to tweak and repeat, or what to change altogether,” says Kris McCrea Scrutchfiled of McCrea Coaching. “It's a great way to test competency to know if additional support would be helpful to create success for the learner. It moves us beyond theory.”

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