Adult learning theories for instructional designers: Experiential learning

Reading is good for the brain. Having decent knowledge about several fields comes in handy, especially if you strive to be an excellent conversationalist. However, knowledge is not the same as being able to do something.

Take driving, for example. No amount of studying engines, mechanics, or traffic laws will turn you into a skilled driver. It takes practice — and no small amount of it. Some people may have a natural inclination towards driving, while others may struggle a bit, yet we all need to practice.

We can also say this about adult learning.

Back in Antiquity, Confucius said, “Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.” Centuries of human experience have proved him right.

Continuing our series about adult learning theories series that instructional designers should know before creating training courses, we’ll explore experiential learning today.

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