Experiential Learning Tours
“Experiential learning means learning from experience or learning by doing. Experiential education first immerses learners in an experience and then encourages reflection about the experience to develop new skills, new attitudes, or new ways of thinking.”
Roam Around believes in engaging with younger generation through fun filled experiential learning tours aimed at educating them about our environment, flora and fauna and the social responsibility of us as a human towards the nature. After being part of our tours, they are more conscious about the negative impact of our activities on the environment and learn about sustainable life style which will have lesser impact on the environment.
While planning an Experiential Learning Tour we take following steps:
- Analyzing our learner population and determining their needs.
- Identify appropriate activities for our learner population and course content.
- Identify potential issues when integrating experiential learning.
Our Experiential Learning programs have following key features:
- Mixture of content and process: There must be a balance between the experiential activities and the underlying content or theory.
- Absence of excessive judgment: The instructor must create a safe space for students to work through their own process of self-discovery.
- Engagement in purposeful endeavors: In experiential learning, the learner is the self-teacher, therefore there must be “meaning for the student in the learning.” The learning activities must be personally relevant to the student.
- Encouraging the big picture perspective: Experiential activities must allow the students to make connections between the learning they are doing and the world. Activities should build in students the ability see relationships in complex systems and find a way to work within them.
- The role of reflection: Students should be able to reflect on their own learning, bringing “the theory to life” and gaining insight into themselves and their interactions with the world.
- Creating emotional investment: Students must be fully immersed in the experience, not merely doing what they feel is required of them. The “process needs to engage the learner to a point where what is being learned and experience strikes a critical, central chord within the learner.”
- The re-examination of values: By working within a space that has been made safe for self exploration, students can begin to analyse and even alter their own values.
- The presence of meaningful relationships: One part of getting students to see their learning in the context of the whole world is to start by showing the relationships between “learner to self, learner to teacher, and learner to learning environment.”
- Learning outside one’s perceived comfort zones: “Learning is enhanced when students are given the opportunity to operate outside of their own perceived comfort zones.” This doesn’t refer just to physical environment, but also to the social environment. This could include, for instance, “being accountable for one’s actions and owning the consequences.