All Learning is Experiential
Learning is a result of grasping and transforming experiences. A marvelous thing happens when experience activates neurons.
Research suggests that when our brain neurons are activated, through an experience-based process, memory traces are formed. These traces also form networks in our brain. Learning cannot occur without grasping or transforming our memory traces.
The late Dr. Gerald Edelman, Nobel Laureate and former Director of the Neurosciences Institute, asserted that doing is prior to understanding. Since doing is experience-based, all learning is experiential.
So what learning tip can we offer?
Create a multi-faceted experience for your learners. The popular form of eLearning is only one type of experience. Classroom learning is another type of experience. Solving problems at work with colleagues is another type. Reading relevant materials is another. So is writing a research summary. The list goes on.
With a variety of experiences, our brain builds a more complex network of memory traces. In turn, we have an increased ability to grasp and transform experiences (i.e., learn) in order to think, reason, and make decisions.