New trends in the field of learning are supported by the experiential learning methodology developing experiential workshops as part of a training process in which workshops, activities, simulations, initiatives are tools that play a pivotal role in promoting self-discovery from the factual. The activities should be professionally structured and managed to achieve the objectives activated with the debriefing techniques.Experiential Learning
In Experiential Learning, the Debriefing is a semi-structured process by which the Facilitator, once an initiative or an activity is accomplished, elicits making a series of progressive questions, to process in an appropiated sequence that let the learning-partners reflect what happened, giving substantial insights projecting towards the future, linking that future with the challenge and the actions.Experiential Learning
x-learning is a model adapted to e-learning processes enhancing TLPs (Teaching-Learning Processes), applicable to training and education programs adapted to virtual environments, maintaining the high impact of magic and the power of Experiential Learning, Debriefing, ICT, Heuristic Learning, Metacognition, stimulating the creation of a PLE (Personal Learning Environment), incorporating principles of Andragogy, Paragogy, Heutagogy, and generating, based on Contructivism and Connectivism, memorable experiences for a Meaningful Learning, applied in our corporate programs, workshops, courses, as well as online training of trainers and the certification of facilitators in face-to-face workshops.
There are many valuable ELC Experiential Learning Cycles, developed by John Dewey, Kurt Hahn (Outward Bound), David A. Kolb, YMCA, Brathay, Pfeiffer & Jones, and other authors that involves many stages from the concrete experience to the reflection.
4 Elements Debriefing Model
Ernesto Yturralde developed the "Yturralde´s Debriefing Model of the 4 Elements: Water, Air, Earth and Fire", pre-presented at the ACCT | Association for Challenge Course Technology 22nd Conference at Boston, Massachusetts, on february 2012 and presented at the AEE | Association for Experiential Education International Conference at Colombia in june 2012. This model is not an ELC, it is a practical model that helps the facilitators to make the right questions at the right moment, depending in the facilitators skills, taking the pulse of the learning-partners, as a group, and as individuals inspired in Kurt Hahn´s and Kolb´s ELC Models.
The Yturralde´s Experiential Learning Debriefing Model of the 4 Elements, goes from the experience, to 1 | Observation (water), 2 | Reflection (Air), linking to reality with the 3 | Adaption (Earth), and concluding with the 4 | Application or Transference (Fire).
Many activities take place in which valuable exercises or activities are run, but they have lack of debriefing for many probable reasons: lack of time, not necessary preparation or facilitators knowledge, delivering activities just as enjoyable games.
In an Experiential Learning context, the Debriefing is indispensable and valuable. Without the Debriefing Session, the learning-partners might not learn, or have not too much learning. Debriefing is an essential part of experiential training and it is necessary for facilitators to know its structure and basics to turn into a memorable learning experience for the learning-partners. If facilitators don´t do a conscious debriefing, do not expect the learning-partners to extract much learning from what they have just experienced. The professional Facilitators skills and their vision for each process, are essential to capitalize the experiences of experiential workshops into teachable-moments, full of inspiration, that become debriefing sessions into commitments, actions and transformation of the learning-partners.