Harnessing the power of outdoor learningAn intensive 5 day seminar for experienced trainers
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The daily themes
Monday - Starting a course
You will be taking part in sessions and activities that can be used near the beginning of an outdoor training event. The emphasis will be on ways of setting up a supportive and dynamic learning environment. This includes ensuring that each learner knows how to get the best out of the opportunity - and is motivated to do so. You will also be trying out reviewing techniques that can help to accelerate learning at this early stage of a programme.
Tuesday - Groups and Teams
This day provides an intensive grounding in group dynamics and teamwork. The morning will involve a wide variety of short teamwork tasks. The main purpose will be to build the team and accelerate group development. Even where outdoor courses have aims other than team building, it is still important to create a team that will work well together. A range of strategies, exercises and reviewing tools for team and group development will be tried out and compared.
Wednesday - Individuals
The emphasis today is on individuals. It is a deliberate contrast to yesterday’s emphasis on the group. We will explore designs, activities and reviewing tools that help individuals learn about themselves and achieve personal targets. Giving sufficient attention to each individual is always important, but especially when the programme aims to build confidence, provide assessment or develop leadership and management skills. There will also be opportunities to explore ways of working with other individual objectives that feature in your training programmes.
Thursday - Learning to learn
This is ‘learning to learn’ day. This is one of the most powerful benefits that people can take away from an outdoor training course. In the morning you will be asked to take part in a skills swap shop. Do you have a skill (outdoors or indoors) that you would like to pass on to others? Any skills (from work or leisure) e.g. musical, creative, physical, dancing, circus or magic tricks, martial arts, yoga, survival skills. Please bring any equipment or resources you might need to conduct a 30 minute taster session for anyone who wants to learn your skill. The rest of the day explores how you can develop learning, coaching and facilitation skills during an outdoor training programme.
Friday - Ending a course
‘Powerful endings’ - how to conclude experience-based training events for maximum value and transfer. The day begins with concluding the morning course. This will involve active reviewing of the previous four mornings, and various exercises for carrying your learning into the future. The afternoon brings together your learning from the trainer-training event as a whole and provides you with ideas and strategies for your further professional development in experience-based training. As well as carrying out evaluation throughout the five days, you will also have a chance to explore evaluation as a topic on this final day.
courses in one
Two courses in one
The whole programme (mornings, afternoons and evenings) is designed as a trainer-training event, but in the mornings you will be a participant on an outdoor training course. Experiences from the morning activities will be carried forward into the afternoon when we will actively explore the theme for the day from a trainer-training perspective.
These depend on the location chosen for this event, available activities, and on the previous experience of participants. Weather permitting most of the course will be outdoors, and there will be a number of short outdoor training games and activities.
Roger began working in Outdoor Management Development in 1981. He received a doctorate in 1995 for a study of the experiences of managers during OMD events entitled 'Powerful Learning Experience'. Roger now provides reviewing skills training to a wide range of clients in the UK and abroad. Their testimonials are published on Roger's website - providing evidence of transfer at many levels. You will discover that Roger practises what he preaches - using experience-based training methods to learn about experience-based training.
The programme will be supported by a course manual and by relevant extracts from Roger's books and articles.
Both as preparation and follow-up for this event you are recommended to browse Roger's highly acclaimed 'Online Guide to Active Reviewing'
AcknowledgementI would like to thank the help and inspiration of José Guilherme Maia, INOUTRAINING, Lda. who hosted and organised the original version of this programme in Castro Daire, Portugal.
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