Active Reviewing Tips for Dynamic Experiential Learning
A C T I V E . R E V I E W I N G . T I P S
~~~~ FOR DYNAMIC EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
~~~~ the free monthly newsletter associated with the
~~~~ 'GUIDE TO ACTIVE REVIEWING' www.reviewing.co.uk
~~~~ Editor: Roger Greenaway
~~~~ Vol. 2.1 January 1999
~~~~ 'BEST OF 98'
'REVIEWING' = PROCESSING = REFLECTION = DEBRIEFING
From the editor: DYNAMIC EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING ~~~~~
You may have noticed that the title for this ezine has recently
grown a bit to include the words 'dynamic experiential learning'.
This is mainly an effort to make the title more self-explanatory
when people find it listed in an ezine directory. It may not trip
off the tongue! But it does include relevant 'keywords'.
The revised title also creates an opportunity to look at what's
'dynamic' about the learning processes described in this ezine.
It's not simply about using 'activity' in reviewing. Over the
next few issues you will discover more about the 'ways' and
'whys' of keeping the learning process alive and dynamic.
You are also welcome to contribute to this process - with tips,
links, ideas, feedback etc. to:
Your responses to the reader survey were very encouraging (see
next) and make a great start to the New Year. Here's wishing you
a wonderful 1999, but don't forget to replay your highlights of
Feedback: READERS' VIEWS + NEW IDEAS ~~~~~
* Congratulations to Gary Monkman (Winnipeg) for winning a copy
of Playback (the odds were 1:10)
* The quality of replies received was excellent - thank you.
* Feedback was encouraging, helpful and balanced - with some
great ideas (see1 below)
* The focus will remain on both the HOW and WHY of ACTIVE
* There will be many more tips and links (to the 'Active
Reviewing' site and other sites) in future issues.
* Concrete examples (of real events in reviewing) will appear
now and again (see 2 below)
* The 'international dimensions' of reviewing (and this
ezine) will be recognised and developed (see 3 below)
1) NEW IDEAS + INTERACTION
* Thanks for the inspirational ideas (but some involve too much
time and hard work!). Once the list has grown to a few hundred I
hope to launch a more open/interactive list in parallel to this
one - to bring in a wider range of contributors and even guest
editors! Meanwhile, contributions are always welcome within the
current 'newsletter' format. Just write to:
2) CONCRETE EXAMPLES
* The focus of the newsletter is both narrow (active reviewing)
and broad (in almost any context). This means that any one
example may only apply directly to a small minority of readers.
For example(!) reviewing canoeing with young people at risk may
not readily 'connect' with a reader who is doing 'reminiscence'
work with senior citizens, or with another reader who is
facilitating an action learning set with senior managers. All
these people do active reviewing - and are on this list!
* It will be difficult to find examples that speak directly to
all readers. But I will use more examples (and examples from
readers will always be welcome!)
3) THE INTERNATIONAL DIMENSION
* Given that 'reviewing' is not a universal term, alternative
terms will be listed at the top of each issue - to help overcome
any language/jargon barriers. These two lines will probably do
REVIEWING = PROCESSING = REFLECTION = DEBRIEFING
(The preferred term varies from one country to another.)
* Given that there are different 'reviewing' traditions in
different cultures and countries, I will provide and encourage
contributions about reviewing in different learning cultures.
To contribute please write to:
Review: BEST OF 98 ~~~~
New subscribers (or 'veterans' who like reminders) may appreciate
this 'best of' index for the first few issues of 'Active
~~ From Active Reviewing Tips 1.1
HOW BALANCED ARE YOUR QUESTIONS?
Here is a list of some commonly used questions paired with some
- What went wrong?
+ What went right?
- What are your needs?
+ What are your strengths?
- What did you learn?
+ What did you learn to do better?
- What issues shall we put on the agenda?
+ What issues can we now take off the agenda?
- How can you improve?
+ What strengths could you make more use of?
- What's missing from this group?
+ What are the assets of this group?
- What would you do differently next time?
+ What would you do the same next time?
- What do you want to achieve?
+ What is your recipe for success? And what will you now
apply that to?
For more questions see the 'Questions For Success' page at:
from where you can find 7 more pages about reviewing success.
Success is that important!
~~ From Active Reviewing Tips 1.2
IN THE STYLE OF ...
Let learners vary their 'style' too. Ask them to re-enact events
in the styles of different films or TV programmes. For ideas
about styles to use in Action Replays go to:
~~ From Active Reviewing Tips 1.3
GET MOVING! (Positions / Line-ups)
FLIP-CHART FREE REVIEWING.
~~ From Active Reviewing Tips 1.4
HIGH TECH vs. LOW TECH
Reviewing can be 'high tech', 'low tech' or 'no tech'. 'Low' or
'no' technology methods often provide the best opportunities for
reviewing - especially when they are simple, straightforward,
versatile and adaptable. Nice to know if you have limited
PLAYBACK 1 ~ 8
Before pressing the PLAYBACK button on your video or audio tape
recorder, consider these 8 options ...
~~ From Active Reviewing Tips 1.5
4 reviewing ideas from Ian Cook.
~~ From Active Reviewing Tips 1.6
REVIEWING IN ACTION
8 tips for reviewing during the action.
~~ From Active Reviewing Tips 1.7
REMEMBER THE INDIVIDUAL
10 'tips' to help you facilitate reviewing at the 'individual'
Site News: NEW ADDRESS + NEW SEARCH TOOL ~~~~
The Guide to Active Reviewing has a NEW address:
Please UPDATE YOUR RECORDS, bookmarks, links etc. before the old
address expires. And please inform/make friends by letting them
NEW SEARCH TOOL
Reviewing is about making experience accessible and usable. So
there are now multiple ways of accessing the 'Guide to Active
Reviewing'! The latest addition is a search box on the front page
from which you can find ANY word on the site. The other six
search methods are also accessible from the home page. Hopefully
there is a method to match every searching style?
Useful Websites: FACILITATION ~~~~
A downloadable Manual of Facilitator Skills:
http://worldtrans.org/tp/tp1/tp1top.html [URL may have changed.]
'The Facilitator' Quarterly Professional Newsletter:
http://hsb.baylor.edu/html/fuller/fac/ [URL may have changed]
Group Facilitation: indexed discussion list archives:
http://uacsc2.albany.edu/~GRP-FACL/ [URL may have changed]
Virtual Library of articles about facilitation:
www.neo-humanista.org/bibvirt.html [URL may have changed]
Please suggest facilitation or reviewing sites to recommend.
New Ezines ~~~~
Multiple Intelligences Ezine
Please suggest ezines to recommend.
Future Issues: INTERVIEWS ~~~~
I enjoy reading interviews in other ezines, and I would like to
include some in 'Active Reviewing Tips' this year. You don't have
to be famous to be interviewed. Nor do you need a long service
medal. I hope to interview students, enthusiastic reviewers and a
few 'names' you might know. Suggestions and/or volunteers are
welcome. Please write in with suggestions or to request details