~ 1 ~ EDITORIAL: Mind the Gap
~ 2 ~ EVENTS: Active
Workshops with Roger Greenaway
~ 3 ~ ARTICLE: Zooming In
and Zooming Out - part two
~ 4 ~ BOOK REVIEW: The
Well-Played Game 2013
~ 5 ~ ARCHIVE: Where did
this review method come from?
~ 6 ~ PREVIOUS ISSUE and
~ 7 ~ About Active
1 ~ EDITORIAL: Mind the Gap
There has been a gap of several months since the last issue, so I hope
your hunger for Active Reviewing Tips has been growing during this long
interval. As a reminder (if needed) ...
Active Reviewing Tips
free newsletter from Roger Greenaway that
will help you to re-charge your reviewing and facilitation skills.
- a practical feature on reviewing
- links to sites about active
- tips, comments and ideas from
- what's new in the Guide to Active
Reviewing at http://reviewing.co.uk
Maximum frequency: monthly.
"15 years of promoting better learning experiences without chalk, flipcharts or marker pens."
Tip # 1 My updated
description of the Horseshoe method ("Where do you stand?") now
includes sample questions that illustrate a wide range of applications
for this handy scaling method. The tip is to download this 2 page pdf to discover how the questions correspond to your own work goals.
Tip # 2 if you are interested in
trainer-training event about reviewing or transfer, start the process
soon - I
am holding my
prices for bookings made before
the end of March 2014. Current prices are published here
Enjoy reflecting on
2013 and I look forward to greeting you with the next issue of
Active Reviewing Tips early in 2014 - to help you re-charge
your reviewing and facilitation skills with practical tips and
tools that place experience at the heart of learning and
just do it - actively review it!
~ 2 ~ EVENTS: Active Reviewing
Workshops with Roger Greenaway
12-14th February 2014, Lithuania. [Please enquire for details.]
Castleton, Derbyshire. I am one of several presenters at the
Lindley Annual Festival of Outdoor Learning. I am
facilitating half day workshops about 'Reviewing in Twos' and
'Reviewing in Groups'.
April 2014, KL Malaysia. Experiential Learning and Debriefing Skills. A
trainer-training workshop with Prof. Colin Beard and Dr. Roger
Greenaway. The 2014 programme will be a revised version of the 2012
[Please enquire for details of the 2014 programme.]
April 2014 Singapore - tbc.
2014, Poland. The Sudety Mountains, nr Wroclaw, Poland are the venue
for the 2014 conference of Experiential
Educators Europe. Along with most other participants I will
be bringing a workshop to this international gathering.
The above information is copied from
Calendar of Reviewing Skills Training Workshops
where you will find the most up to date list of open/public workshops
provided by Roger Greenaway.
other newsletter: the Experiential-CPD Calendar
The Experiential-CPD Calendar lists 'trainer-training' and
from several UK
providers. The events listed here are of interest to
facilitators who work indoors or outdoors. The Experiential-CPD
features a 'Thought for the Month' about experiential
learning from the editors or from readers.
~ 3 ~
ARTICLE: Zooming in and zooming out when facilitating learning - part two
Roger Greenaway, Reviewing
In part one of this
article I asked, "Are
you a 'zoomer in' or a 'zoomer out' when
you facilitate learning?" I then gave examples of how you
'zoom in' or 'zoom out' with questions and also with review tasks. And
in answer to the question 'Why Zoom?' I wrote:
current focus, it is always worth considering whether to go large, go
small or stay much the same. You are not looking for the perfect
focus that you make permanent. This is because there is a value in
changing focus and making connections from one scale (or zoom
setting) to another."
Part two shows how 'zooming' has
featured in some learning models that you may know::
followed by some practical examples:
way zooming (the funnelling model)
both ways (some more balanced
some thoughts on zooming and the transfer of learning:
zoom setting when?
of zooming in for close-up
of zooming out for wide-angle
- Examples of reviewing
methods that zoom
and some follow-up links and references for those who want to explore
- Zooming and the
transfer of learning
and useful links
You will now discover more
about why and how we
all benefit from the frequent use of a 'zoom lens' when our purpose is
learn from experience – or to help others to do so.
The full article on zooming in
and zooming out (parts one and two together) is now available at:
4 ~ Book Review: The Well-Played Game (2013)
Well-Played Game: A Player's Philosophy
by Bernard de Koven (2013)
Reviewed by Roger Greenaway
If the title sounds familiar, it might be because 'The Well-Played
Game' was first published in 1978 and was followed by a revised edition
in 2002 – which is currently on sale at Amazon for £637! Its
re-publication in 2013 gives these playful insights a new lease of life
– and at a more affordable price! The 2013 edition also includes a new
foreword by Eric Zimmerman and a new preface by the author, Bernie de
'The Well-Played Game' is difficult to classify because it is so
original and unconventional. For example, it ends with a
'Nonconclusion' comprising four 'Inklings'. The three main reasons that
I enjoyed re-reading this unique treatise are:
1. It is
a detailed forensic analysis of how games (of all kinds) work –
providing clear insights into the social 'DNA' of a well-played game.
2. The style is entertaining and playful – making the journey
wonderfully consistent with the subject of a well-played game.
3. There is an unrelenting focus on the experience of a well-played
As with all good books, it can be enjoyed at many levels – as a player
of games, as a play leader, as a game designer, or as a
designer/facilitator of any activities (educational or recreational).
By the end of the book I could even accept the author's "Inkling # 3"
that "If we can create even larger games that we can all play together
– all of us – then there will be no separation between us and others,
no we and they. We will all be one community. All one species."
Bernie's writing makes me smile and brings me many 'aha' moments. It
has been a considerable influence on my own approach to designing (and
playing) debriefing games, such as making it easy for people to opt in
and out, designing half games that leave space for participants'
creativity, and always keeping the Joker (wild card) in play – giving
everyone the right and opportunity to change the game.
For more details about what you will find in the Well-Played Game
(including intriguing concepts like 'The Well-Timed Cheat',
'The Fair Witness', 'The Practice Game', 'The Bent Rule', 'Restoring
Balance', 'Quitting' and 'Quitting Practice') please
see my full review.
5 ~ ARCHIVE: Where did this review method come from?
Participants in my reviewing workshops often ask where certain tools
and techniques come from. Knowing the history of how particular tools
have developed might be of value to you in two ways:
- knowing the background may help you to use these reviewing
tools more effectively.
Secondly - knowing more about the process by which these tools were
created, might just whet your appetite for developing your own
reviewing tools. This article will help you to tap into your own
powers of innovation.
But why invent or develop new tools when there are so many ready-made
ones to choose from? Is it not better to use a few tools you know well
and just add some ready-made, tried-and-tested methods when you want a
bigger and better toolkit? Why go to all the trouble of inventing
something new? (Although if you think of inventing as 'trouble' you
might never get started.)
I hope this exercise in reviewing the origins of reviewing methods will
awaken or sharpen your own innovative instincts while also providing a
few tips along the way.
So where did these reviewing techniques come from?
For the full article with examples to go with the
principles, please see Innovations
- A happy accident (arising from
participants' creativity) ...
- To stimulate creativity ...
- The lack of resources, leading to
- Developing variations of a method that
works well ...
- Finding a new use for an old method
- Recognising the shortcomings of an
existing method and doing something about it ...
- Seeking greater efficiency
- Responding to needs during a programme ...
- Turning principles into practice ...
- Turning research findings into practice
6 ~ PREVIOUS ISSUE and FUTURE ISSUES
The previous issue of Active Reviewing Tips is archived at this address.
Topics under consideration for future issues include:
- Reviewing in twos (as a break from whole
- Making the case for active reviewing
- Making reviewing a memorable experience
- Reviewing as a takeaway skill for
- Evaluating Active Reviewing: how well
does it work?
- Reviewing for different outcomes (using
the same activities)
- End of programme reviews
- Co-facilitating reviews
- The art of improvising
- Remote Reviewing
- Reviewing over a cup of tea (informal
- Readers' Questions about Reviewing
(please feed me with questions for this 'FAQ')
- Sample designs for learning and
- Integrated practice in experiential
learning (when does an activity become a review? when does a review
become an activity? examples of integrated practice - and do these
challenge or demonstrate experiential learning theory?)
Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have any topics you would like to see included or put at the top
of this list (which is not yet in any particular order).
7 ~ About Active Reviewing Tips
TITLE: Active Reviewing Tips for Dynamic Experiential Learning
EDITOR: Dr. Roger Greenaway, Reviewing Skills Training
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