Our Teaching and Testing Methods
Have you ever attended a work meeting and felt completely disengaged or sat through a power point presentation that nearly put you to sleep?
Don't feel remorse if you have! Chances are, it wasn't your fault!!
Instruction is an art form and many people simply aren't able to capture an audience's attention.
The truth is: people learn in different ways and there is no single approach that will engage everyone.
Nevertheless for certain purposes, some approaches are better than others!!
For our purposes, which is to teach the skills of relational empathy to healthcare professionals and to create awareness about workplace hazards, research indicates that the best way to learn is by allowing people to have visceral and embodied experiences that resemble the 'real life' conditions in which they will need to apply what they have learned!
Looking at the diagram on the left, this is best achieved by means of group discussions, practice by doing, and teaching others.
All of our seminars and workshops heed this insight by creating the conditions for healthy and productive discussions.
# 1 Group Discussions and the Promotion of Cooperative Behavior
All of our seminars, workshops,
and VR experiences include
numerous opportunities for
powerful and transformative
group discussions and "group-
People often praise individual achievement and individual creativity, but does such praise reflect how we actually learn, achieve, and create? Perhaps, but if we were to be honest with ourselves a lot of our successes come by way of other people's kindness, their extension of opportunities to us, and cooperative behavior and teamwork--the last of which comes by way of learning from others.
# 2 VR experiences and the Opportunity to "Learn by Doing."
Virtual reality also allows us to construct unique and creative forms of testing that mirrors our daily actions. Traditional methods "test" what a trainee or student has learned by creating questions and then expecting the trainee/student to regurgitate what she/he has learned by answering such questions. Our testing is different--there is no final exam; rather, participants learn by doing as they enjoy the mulitiple gaming experiences we will create for your team.
# 3 How We Learn by Teaching Others
As a college professor, I relearn in new and unexpected ways the content I am teaching others. Teaching forces me to think on the spot and invites me to listen
to other perspectives and insights concerning the ideas we are exploring. During the process of teaching, one is also required to field questions, which helps us to make our ideas clear and concise.
Teaching others also requires that we make
very difficult ideas, theories, and
practices palatable so that anyone who
might hear what we are saying can
understand it and apply it to their
There is an old saying that goes something like the
following,"If you can't teach complex ideas to those
unfamiliar with them, then you don't really understand
them." This rings true to my experiences, and if you have the opportunity to participate in one or more of our workshops, seminars, and VR experiences, I think you will come to the same conclusion when you have the opportunity to teach others.
Virtual reality provides us with the ability to create virtually any experience we can imagine!
The image to the right demonstrates one instance of this, a simulated situation that allows the learner to learn by doing!