The teams are all getting down to the nitty gritty pointy end of their projects now and it has been an amazing journey so far. Action learning projects were new to me and it has been a real eye opener. We practice this on the workshop floor training apprentices with practical projects but this project is helping to transfer that thinking into the theory sessions.
The difficult process of letting the students make their mistakes assess themselves and learn from that and their peers. They have for to long been handed the answers and managed to get away with very minimal input.
This process has let a past experience of engagement in a computer session fall into place and with the project hopefully I can recapture that moment and reproduce it .
The act of not having all the knowledge talked at you allows you to make mistakes early and learn from them and this process gives understanding. “You read, you forget, you are told you learn, you do you understand” someone said that don’t know who but it is certainly true for trade students.
We demonstrate the skill and then the students do it themselves and we assess them. The plan is now to give then the basics and then encourage the discussions to diagnostically assess the levels of each student in their skills to identify any gaps in their knowledge and train to that gap.
Even early trials with students have produced good results. Increased engagement, discussions & peer interaction, revealing more information from the students and a willingness to remain engaged in theory sessions longer than usual.
That is a real step forward for my trade area anyway and I plan to encourage and explore these possibilities as far as I can with this project.