Fun and Learning

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When you close your eyes and think of the word ‘FUN’. Do you picture yourself as:

– Trekking on Himalayas or the Alps?
– Some amazing family or friend’s time?
– Sitting on a beach with a drink in one hand and a crisp in the other?
– Anything else (it’s your idea of fun, you can think of something else)?

Now who doesn’t want to have such fun in each moment of their conscious life and in fact, if each moment were fun, who would want to sleep at all?!

Additionally, as seekers of fun, humans have created some amazing and blaring ways to have fun. It’s an essential part of our progress-chart.

We want to stay in fun and be with fun; this idea of fun is so contagious that it has percolated down to the way we learn. And why not, if we are going to change or upgrade our knowledge, skills or attitude, it should be fun.

But in this blind-love for fun, we by-pass the essence of learning because what we become interested in is the non-stop engagement of mind. The facilitator of the learning is looked upon as an entertainer and a person who can humor people for those few hours; (unfortunately) playfulness is constantly sought.

It’s very important here that we re-visit the adult-learning principles by Malcolm Knowles, a fundamentalist influencer of learning theories:

• Adults are internally motivated and self-directed
• Adults bring life experiences and knowledge to learning experiences
• Adults are goal oriented
• Adults are relevancy oriented
• Adults are practical
• Adult learners like to be respected

Yes, such people do exist and they exist in all of us!

Getting lost in irrelevant gimmicks, humor or activities is as bad as facilitating no learning at all. The more contextual the learning is and the more it is designed keeping these principles in mind, the more progressive the environment will be – now that’s fun!

So here are a few things you can ignite the atmosphere with:

• Debates
o Top tip – be a sharp moderator

• Role-plays
o Top tip – have an eye for de-brief

• Team-tasks
o Top tip – brief and de-brief; practice, practice and practice this

• Self-assessments or case-studies
o Top tip – don’t copy, create one

Could be many more; do share your thoughts in the comment section!