Tip #168: Interactive versus Experiential Learning

On April 21, 2007, Posted by , In learning activities, By , , With Comments Off on Tip #168: Interactive versus Experiential Learning

Interactive learning strategies and experiential training methods are often considered interchangeable. However, it is possible to make a distinction between them.

Interactive learning strategies engage learners by allowing them to actively participate and verbally respond within the learning environment. Group discussion, case studies, questionnaires, and crossword puzzles easily fall within this category, which is characterized by mental stimulation and verbal expression.

Experiential training methods engage learners physically, mentally and emotionally in a multisensory experience. Simulation, visualization, dramatization, role plays and physical movement easily fall within this category, which is characterized by emotional stimulation and physical expression.

However, the design and facilitation of a training method will ultimately determine whether it is interactive, experiential, or both. For example, physical movement … Read the rest