Experiential Education Master Class 11 and 12th January 2020.

I am pleased to announce that the next Experiential Education Master Class will be delivered in Hong Kong on 11 and 12 January 2020. The course will be hosted by Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Gardens. The course is suitable for all people involved in education, including lecturers, teachers, outdoor educators, facilitators, youth workers, etc. The essential information can be seen on my  previous blog for this calendar year. Please do inform others of this workshop. It will be hands on and it will cover a wide range of design and delivery topics.

The flyer for last year said: This hands-on two-day programme will be delivered by Professor Colin Beard, a master practitioner and leading global specialist in experiential education.

The many practical techniques that you will experience first-hand have influenced educationalists across the globe, with a considerable number of organisations and individuals continuously reporting increased participant engagement, deeper understanding and longer lasting memory.

Participants will be introduced to a brand new experiential learning cycle (ELC) that will improve your teaching designs. Each day approximately six innovative practical techniques will be introduced covering a wide range of topics and different KFBG experiential activities will be led by Colin and KFBG Education Officers collaboratively.

You will learn how to: ‘teach’ complex subjects in an engaging way, how to design for effective learning, apply human visual-spatial cognition to greater effect, use experience as the foundation of learning, make learning and thinking more visible, apply co-production and inheritance techniques, create positive learning habits in participants, work with the whole person, encourage learners to do the learning – proactively and independently, and develop a range of tools and materials that act as navigational aids to support deep and meaningful learning at any age and level.

The core experiential principles that will be learnt can be applied to any of your education and training work.

The programme includes takeaway materials, including workshop PDF, published articles, and a video.

Download the programme leaflet

Previous Participants’ Comments

“Before I joined the Experiential Education Workshop, I would teach my students by just presenting a lot to them. It was boring and exhausting for all of us. Now that I have learnt both the theory and some practical technique of experiential learning, I tried to spend more time and effort in preparing and designing experiences for the students, while on the lessons I just have to facilitate them to do the learning themselves. This approach is more fun and engaging for the students, it also makes teaching classes more enjoyable and less exhausting. I will definitely join other courses to learn more about experiential learning and education.”

 

“It is very inspiring. Colin has taught a whole new perspective in experiential learning. It is not only about the techniques showed in the workshop, but also the theory behind which I could definitely apply on my work.”

 

  1. Facilitator

Colin Beard is an expert in experiential learning; he is Professor of Experiential Learning at Sheffield Business School, as well as being a consultant to organisations around the world regarding learning and development, in his private capacity. He has experience working with people from diverse backgrounds, training clients from China, India, Singapore, South America and Europe, from the National Health Service, teachers, nature educators, outdoor-based personal development educators and to corporate groups.
His expertise has been recognised by a National Teaching Fellowship Award from the UK Higher Education Academy and he has published extensively, co-authoring a key text in the field: ‘Beard C. and Wilson, J. (2018) Experiential Learning20170112_094655

Come join us for this exciting adventure!

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Visits to Singapore 2019.

This summer I have had the pleasure of visiting Singapore three times. First working with teachers and social workers I gave two keynote speeches on a conference theme of ‘Connecting the Disconnected’ (June 2019).  I will  return to give a keynote speech and executive workshop to senior stakeholders about the future directions of outdoor education in Singapore with a conference theme of ‘Scaling Higher Ground’ (July 2019), and finally returning (August 2019) to do some experiential learning workshops for a number of organisations. One of the organisations specialises in commercial experience design and they are based within a firm of architects. Architects of experience design, a great metaphor. I call Singapore my second home. I have lots of friends and in June I met up with someone from China I shared a bunk room with at OBS on Pulau Ubin over 15 years ago whilst running an experiential education workshop…..in June he just happened to be playing golf on a nearby island and visiting his parents in Singapore!

Over many years I have visited Singapore many times  – 35 by the end of this third visit in 2019! The travel time is long but great for a relatively undisturbed period to work on my new book…….I also hope to have another new book written in Chinese next year….watch this space. The picture below is of a new high rise rooftop gardening project I visited. They supply fresh herbs to shops and restaurants in Singapore. 20190611_083436

The second picture below is the apartment swimming pool that kept me sane whilst working on speeches, books, journal article reviews, workshop designs and e-mails etc. Exercise is key to overcoming jetlag – but this time not so. I woke up wide awake at 1.30 am on the day I had two keynotes to do! That’s life…….  

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I hope to be in Hong Kong again in January 2020. This is another place I love to visit. The work there in 2020 includes Outward Bound Hong Kong. Last time, according to senior staff, the outcome of the 2 day experiential learning workshop appears to have been productive:

‘The new training school started here and it’s going well. I have been trying to incorporate a lot of the methods you taught us and they seem to be having a positive impact on the quality and levels of engagement. Myself and Jackie also use a lot of the methods in the 14-day expedition that we did with the training school. In particular we spent a lot of time focusing on creating a sense of belonging within the group and in the environment. This had notable impacts on the quality of the experience and it is still visible now whilst on training. We also found the seven dimensions model a useful tool to guide our reflection’.

 

 

THE PLEASURE OF UNIVERSITY TEACHING

This year it seems that the students at University appreciate my approach as the   nominations have resulted in a Faculty Inspirational Teacher Award. Their words are special to me. I love exploring how humans learn and I am continually learning so much ….thank you.

His teaching has been the most inspirational teaching I have received throughout my

years in education.

The methods and theories he uses just makes you get things instantly, and he is happy to

answer questions and help you understand if you don’t get things.

 The stories and experience he talks about during seminars really help and inspire learning

and I know for a fact that students in my seminar group also agree with myself.

 If anyone deserves this award it is definitely this person!

Truly amazing! For my first year at university he has been such a great help in our

seminars.

He has a truly unique way of teaching students and makes us understand things a lot more

than other staff members. I feel like other tutors could learn a lot! 

My most inspirational teacher.

Their breadth of knowledge and his teaching style makes learning memorable and

enjoyable, so much that it sparked in me a passion of learning.

Also, he has given me advice on several occasions when I needed it.

They take a different approach to explaining .

He uses anecdotes which are relevant to the module and he has a clear enthusiasm for

what he is teaching.

 

4TH EDITION

Experiental Learning 4E

The new 4th edition book on experiential learning is selling well. My next textbook is going to be on THE DESIGN OF LEARNING EXPERIENCES, for teachers, lecturers, facilitators and trainers. I hope to put together the many things I have learnt by (1) delivering Master Classes in experience design around the world, and (2) publishing papers in refereed journals. There is also a great deal of new research into human learning that has been undertaken in the 21st century and it is adding to what we already know. There have been some key events in the last 2 million years of human evolution that have been significant in the human ability to learn.

The process of writing a book really starts with a detailed proposal to a publisher and this is what I am currently developing. It is an exciting process crafting all the chapter heading, and the content for each chapter. One chapter will introduce a new holistic learning cycle specifically created with the design process in mind: currently there are relatively few  models and theories available that are helpful for the design process. Many in the learning professions accept that the current theories and models are somewhat limited when trying to design a workshop, a seminar, a programme, a module, an outdoor experience, and so forth.  So here goes – watch this space over the coming months.

Experiential Education Master Class Hong Kong January 12 & 13 th 2019.

https://www.kfbg.org/eng/events/experiential-education-2019.aspx

Contact for details and booking: Please contact Mr. KC Cheng at 2483 7197 or email to kccheng@kfbg.org

Previous participant comments:

“It is very inspiring. Colin has taught a whole new perspective in experiential learning. It is not only about the techniques showed in the workshop, but also the theory behind which I could definitely apply on my work.”

This programme is enjoyable, with a relaxed atmosphere and it is certainly productive for anyone involved in education, teaching, training, lecturing, and facilitating. If you have ever wondered what experiential learning and experiential education is, and the difference between them, then join us to find out. Get to know the essentials of good practice in the design and delivery of these experiential approaches to powerful ways to understand, learn and remember.

The many practical techniques that you will experience first-hand have influenced educationalists across the globe, with a considerable number of organisations and individuals continuously reporting increased participant engagement, deeper understanding and longer lasting memory. You will be introduced to a brand new experiential learning cycle (ELC) that will improve your teaching designs.

Each day approximately six innovative practical techniques will be introduced covering a wide range of topics. You will learn how to: ‘teach’ complex subjects, how to design for effective learning, apply human spatial cognition to greater effect, use experience as the foundation of learningmake learning and thinking visibleapply co-production and inheritancecreate positive learning habitswork with the whole person, encourage students do the learning, and develop a range of tools and materials that act as navigational aids to support deep learning at any age and level. The core experiential principles that will be learnt can be applied to any of your education and training work. The programme includes takeaway materials, including workshop PDF, RECENTLY published articles, and a video.

2 DAY EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION RESIDENTIAL WORKSHOP

Location: Kaddorie Farm & Botanic Garden and the Green Hub, Hong Kong.

Web leaflet: see Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden website ‘events; programmes.

https://www.kfbg.org/eng/events/experiential-education-2019.aspx

Contact for details and booking: Please contact Mr. KC Cheng at 2483 7197 or email to kccheng@kfbg.org

Previous participant comments:

“It is very inspiring. Colin has taught a whole new perspective in experiential learning. It is not only about the techniques showed in the workshop, but also the theory behind which I could definitely apply on my work.”

This programme is enjoyable, with a relaxed atmosphere and it is certainly productive for anyone involved in education, teaching, training, lecturing, and facilitating. The two venues are very special and remarkable in their own way. If you have ever wondered what experiential learning and experiential education is, and the difference between them, then join us to find out. Get to know the essentials of good practice in the design and delivery of these experiential approaches to powerful ways to understand, learn and remember.

Content

  • Experiential education  – inputs and activities with Colin Beard
  • Exploring the broad “field”: Experience, Learning and Education
  • Understanding the human experience of learning
  • Different ways to use experiential education: learning from experiences, and the experience of learning
  • Immerse yourself in a wide range of exciting and practical learning activities/experiences in each of the two days
  • Night Walk at KFBG
  • Experiencing and staying overnight at the Green Hub, Grade I listed historic building at the Old Tai Po Police Station
  • Guided Visit in KFBG
  • Group Sharing and Discussion

We hope to see you there………………

HONG KONG

A wonderful experience in Hong Kong this August. The training for Outward Bound went well – ‘thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring’. Facilitators acquired more in depth understanding of how poeple learn, and how we can help poeple to learn from their experiences. The outcome for more senior managers was that some programmes have been redesigned as a result of learning how to use and apply a method known as ‘human experience mapping’. The human Visual Spatial Sketchpad Memory (VSSM) plays a very vital role in learning – and it is much older than the memory system used for remebering words! Sparks Consulting in the USA have also recently reported great success with the redesign of their programes held in New Zealand, Holland and the US for young elite athletes. The mapping approach uses the seven core dimensions of the human experience (see the new 4th edition book for details) and these are all embraced using a holistic appreciation of learning.

I will be in Hong Kong again in early January 2019 delivering an open public Experiential Education 2 day programme at the amazing location of Kadoorie Farm and Botanical Gardens and the Green Hub in Hong Kong. Contact me on c.m.beard@shu.ac.uk if you need more information. There are currently two other days available for anyone who would like to book a speech or workshop.