The philosophy of learning through experience — or experiential learning — is at the core of innovative new mini-MBA programs like the Invited MBA. Experiential learning meets the needs of today’s learners and professionals when traditional methods of teaching quite frankly won’t cut it anymore.
As with everything, learning is constantly evolving. As new generations advance in their career, they demand more than lectures, slide decks, and frameworks to gain new knowledge and expand their professional skills.
Experiential learning immerses and engages learners, bringing theory to life and allowing learners to grasp concepts on a deeper level through hands-on practice in real-world situations.
What is experiential learning?
While experiential learning can take many forms, the Invited MBA utilizes award-winning competitive simulations that provide a hands-on sandbox environment for learning. These team-based simulations focus on core business concepts such as business acumen, people management, and strategy. The simulations allow participants to practice communicating effectively with team members in order to solve real-world scenarios that they may face in the workplace. This creates a safe space for learners to practice the application of new knowledge and skills, while seeing the effects of the business decisions they make in real-time.
The Benefits of Experiential Learning
- Experiential learning allows learners to apply new skills and knowledge in a relevant way, bridging the gap between theory and practice.
- Competitions and team-based work keep learners active, immersed, and engaged.
- Practice makes learners more comfortable with difficult or ambiguous situations they may face in the future.
- Experiential learning allows learners to identify areas of strength and build confidence in their ability to lead and influence stakeholders.
- Experiential learning creates networking and peer-learning opportunities, while breaking down communication barriers.
Experiential learning, by nature, puts the learner first. Through this methodology, learners not only gain new knowledge and skills, but new connections, new friends and mentors, and new insights into themselves as individuals.