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Reviewing Skills and Tools
for Outdoor Trainers

A 2 day trainer-training event with Roger Greenaway

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Why spend two intensive days improving your reviewing skills?

  • Reviewing is probably the most important and most underdeveloped skill in experience-based learning.
  • Effective reviewing adds impact and value to training activities and is essential for the effective transfer of learning.
  • The best kind of reviewing is as engaging, stimulating and memorable as the experience being reviewed.
  • By developing your reviewing skills you will be able to maximise the impact and value of the activities and exercises in your own training programmes.
  • Learners of all abilities will benefit from the dynamic reviewing sessions that you will be able to facilitate as a result of taking part in this trainer-training event.
  • The value of active learning is now widely accepted. What is less well known is just how to apply the principles of active learning in the gaps between activities - during the relatively 'passive' breaks for reflection, discussion and learning. This is where the skills and tools of active reviewing keep the process of learning alive.
  • By taking part in this trainer-training event you will develop a wide variety of facilitation skills through which you can help participants gain full value from their experiences.

Outdoor Training

Outdoor activities and the natural outdoor environment provide interesting opportunities (and problems) for reviewing - whether reviewing on the spot or back inside. This particular trainer-training event is designed for trainers working outdoors for all or part of a training programme. Much of Roger's training, trainer-training and research has been in the field of outdoor management development.

About the presenter

Roger Greenaway promotes active reviewing - an approach to facilitation that keeps learners in touch with their experiences, that keeps facilitators in touch with learners, and that improves the quality of communication and learning.

Roger provides trainer-training in reviewing skills in the UK and around the world. These events draw on Roger's extensive background in experience-based training, trainer-training and research. Roger is the author of several articles and books about reviewing. He also publishes the email newsletter Active Reviewing Tips.

Events for corporate trainers draw on Roger's insights from his doctorate ''Powerful Learning Experiences in Management Learning and Development'' (1995). Events for adventure educators draw on Roger's handbooks as well as on his review of research ''Why Adventure?'' (1995) co-authored with John Barrett.

See the Guide to Active Reviewing at for testimonials, articles, links and resources that will help you to develop your reviewing skills.

What kind of reviewing?

Flipcharts and questioning skills are central features of many reviewing styles, but many learners will benefit from taking part in more varied and dynamic approaches. Ideally, reviewing is at least as engaging as the activity being reviewed. See the programme below to discover the range of reviewing styles that are included in this two day event.

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Reviewing Skills and Tools for Outdoor Trainers


Creating a Climate for Learning

Beginning a course

Doing it and reviewing it.

Getting involved in learning

Why reviewing and why active reviewing?

Why use the outdoors for training?

Revolver - trying out different perspectives

A climate for all learning styles?

Clarifying how you like to learn - and why.

Sharpening Awareness

Observation Walk

and making reviewing a surprise.

Observing, giving and receiving feedback

concentrated practice in key reviewing skills

The active reviewing cycle

matching reviewing methods to theories of experiential learning and development

Re-viewing and Re-experiencing

working in the red zones of the cycle

Sharing a valued outdoor experience

and the value of sharing significant stories

Re-viewing and re-living experiences

tools to bring experiences to life

Speed and search techniques

tools to help you select what matters most

Getting to the Point

working in the black zones of the cycle

Examining Findings

tools for investigation and analysis

reviewing as a balancing act

Exploring Futures

tools for change - from re-viewing to pre-viewing


Reviewing day 1 using the reviewing cycle.

Previewing day 2 and checking priorities.


Reviewing for Team Development

Deciding Line

an activity-generating activity.

Models of development

Why learning cycles aren't enough.

Images of teamwork

sharing values about teams - actively.

Reviewing for better teamwork

tools for helping teams learn and develop

Challenging Situations

Escaping from default patterns

Individuals, groups and (even) facilitators retreat to 'comfort zones' when lost.

Starting from a combined list of common default patterns we will actively explore how reviewing can help to get individuals, groups and facilitators moving. You will have the opportunity to review your own reviewing.

Evaluation, Transfer and Follow-up

How reviewing can increase the impact and value of training programmes

Key issues about transfer: transfer, translate or transform?
What you can do before, during and after training events to promote transfer
Transfer within a training event
Transfer beyond a training event
[These topics are based on Roger's two day programme on how to transfer of learning.]

Countdown to the end of a programme

Doing the most important things well. Using this course as a live example, you will learn how to design 'perfect' endings for your own programmes.

Carry on learning

Ending the course. Continuing the learning.

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Extra notes about the programme

  • Key inputs are supported by handouts in a course manual.
  • Most of the time will be practical.
  • Depending on the weather and your preferences, we will often be in your 'workplace' i.e. outdoors.
  • You are encouraged to visit Roger Greenaway's Active Reviewing Guide website at before and after this event for its extensive content and links. See the selected pages below
  • Any questions? Please contact Roger Greenaway by email:
    Other ways to get in touch
  • The '10 Benefits' below summarise what you and your clients can gain from effective reviewing

10 Benefits of Reviewing

  1. You are more in touch with learners
  2. You develop communication skills (yours and theirs)
  3. You develop learning skills (yours and theirs)
  4. You add value to what happens
  5. You make benefits more tangible
  6. You find evidence for evaluation
  7. You become more alert and responsive to what is going on
  8. You help learners clarify and achieve their objectives
  9. You assist transfer of learning

Roger Greenaway - Testimonials

''... went down so well with the staff that we asked Roger to run a second training event for us''
Randall Williams
Bowles Training Services, UK

''Your techniques are still working wonders for us on the job with what occasionally seem to be miraculous results. Thank you still.'' [3 months on]
Caroline Sillman
Corporate Adventure Associates, SA

''... our clients benefited long term because the transfer of learning from our programmes was greatly enhanced''
Andy Brown
Executive Director of ThinkWOW, China

More testimonials

Selected pages at

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