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Podcast: What is experiential learning?

Chiara Fregonese
Published: March 27, 2024
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An In Good Company podcast with Chiara Fregonese, Senior Consultant, Impact Italia

How does experiential learning work?

Impact has been a leader in experiential learning for over 40 years. In this podcast, we explore what makes this style of learning so effective, whether experiential learning is suitable for everyone, and why global clients keep choosing to embrace this approach.

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Chiara Fregonese is not just a senior consultant at Impact Italia; she’s an organizational psychologist, group analyst, facilitator, and researcher. For the last 13 years, she’s been instrumental in designing, delivering, developing, and evaluating our experiential programs and approach. When we decided to host a podcast dedicated to experiential learning, she was our first choice of guest. We’re sure you’ll also be glad she said yes…

Tune in to hear what an Impact program might look like, how experiential learning works for organizations, not just individuals, and whether it can be used in virtual situations or only face-to-face.

But first... here's a snippet of what Chiara said when Dan asked her:

What makes Impact’s model of experiential learning unique? In (for example) the Kolb cycle you've got experience, reflection, conceptualization, and planning of action. And this is a cycle. It's very linear – you do it and we do it and then we do it again. What makes Impact’s model of experiential learning original, and I think more realistic, is that you have four elements. You have a direct encounter through an experiential project. Then we ask you to reflect on this experience because reflection is what makes us able to extract what is useful for the future. Reflection is seldom something that you can do alone; you need a group, you need other perspectives to enrich that experience with some thought. We provide knowledge inputs; this learning could be from theory, well-established knowledge, or books. And also the practice of new skills, you can rehearse, rehearse, rehearse something to master it. Impact’s model is unique because our combination of these ingredients is way more flexible than in other approaches. There is no fixed linearity, no fixed cycle, and therefore the process is more realistic to what is happening to people in their lives, making it easier to apply and learn from.

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