Experiential learning activities have been used for over 40 years in the hope that they increase students’ learning. According to Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education in July 2019, a meta-analysis of 89 studies “show that students experienced superior learning outcomes when experiential pedagogies were employed… This review definitively, and quantitatively, shows the importance of experiential learning activities.”
We asked ourselves how many amazing concepts and ideas have we learned in our lives and how many have we remembered? Based on the pyramid below, 75% to 90% information is retained when we practice it or better yet, when we teach someone else.
Average Retention Rates
Adapted from the NTL Institute of Applied Behavioural Science Learning Pyramid
At DIAKI Experiences, we have decided to take it one step further and to offer our participants the opportunity not only to practice what they’ve learned but to live it through an experience. In fact, when we learn from a personal experience (whether something from the past or an experience we live as a group during a session), we remember it much more since we’ve lived and experienced it through our senses and it is becoming part of who we are.
Based on that premise, we’ve developed the DELTA process, which is an interconnected process where participants are offered different fun interactive scenarios to allow them to experience, live and test what they’ve just learned. We also accompany our clients with follow-ups to overcome the forgetting curve. Quick reminders can go a long way to retain and use valuable learnings in the long-term.