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How learning science can help improve our impact

  • 7 min read
  • Learning

As enablers of change, we often want to help farmers learn new skills and practices that can boost their productivity, profitability and resilience. But how do we know what works best when it comes to teaching and learning? How can we design and deliver learning activities that are effective, engaging and relevant for diverse contexts and audiences? In this episode, we’re going to delve into how learning science can… Read more »How learning science can help improve our impact

Unravelling double-loop learning

Some of us may have heard about double-loop learning, and wondered what it meant beyond the jargon phrase, and others may not have heard of it at all! In this episode, we’re going to unravel double-loop learning and explain how we might use it as enablers of change. When thinking about agricultural innovation, the drive for improvement is important. However, it’s not just about discovering solutions; it’s also about refining… Read more »Unravelling double-loop learning

Using Participatory Action Learning as enablers of change

Some of us may have heard of Participatory Action Learning and be wondering what it is, and others may have heard of it and think it’s an outdated technique. We’ve talked about Action Learning in a previous episode and introduced you to Reg Revans who actually developed the idea of action learning back in the 1940s. We mentioned Participatory Action Learning in passing as well, so in this episode… Read more »Using Participatory Action Learning as enablers of change

What is action learning?

  • 6 min read
  • Learning

Maybe like us you’ve heard people use the term ‘action learning’ and you’ve wondered whether it’s as simple as it sounds or whether there’s more to it? In today’s episode, we’re going to briefly explain action learning and point you to some great resources if you’re interested in learning more. We need to start by introducing you to Reg Revans who actually developed the idea of action learning back… Read more »What is action learning?

Flipped learning… how to get people to do the pre-work

We’ve talked about the benefits of using a flipped learning approach before. It can save time during the session, allow deeper exploration of the topic and drive more effective engagement. But the greatest risk is that not everyone does the pre-work. In today’s episode, we’re going to suggest some ways to encourage everyone to do it. If our participants do not do the pre-work, it can make facilitating the… Read more »Flipped learning… how to get people to do the pre-work

Using adult learning principles in webinars

Do you think, like some others, that adult learning principles sound like an old, outdated approach – something that was dreamed up in the 1970s and 80s, and surely cannot still be relevant? In this episode we will explore how we can apply adult learning principles to super-charge our webinars.  As we discussed in an earlier episode, Malcolm Knowles identified six key adult learning principles back in 1970. For… Read more »Using adult learning principles in webinars

How to get greater impact from your events

Have you ever been to a training course and become all excited about putting some new strategies into place, only to find that a few weeks later you are back in the same routine and have not really changed anything you thought you would? This is a common story, so today we’re exploring this issue and what actually helps an event make an impact.  Robert Brinkerhoff, an American professor… Read more »How to get greater impact from your events

Use prequestions and boost the learning from your videos

What’s one thing you could do to boost the learning from your short videos? Seriously, stop for a moment and think about it. What could you do if you wanted the viewers of your videos to better remember your content? There’s been a huge increase in the use of short videos for getting our extension messages across to our target audiences. Most people prefer to watch short videos, especially… Read more »Use prequestions and boost the learning from your videos

Five sure-fire ways to improve learning

In this episode we’re going to explore learning and dig into what the evidence-based research tells us about what helps us learn new concepts. As we were developing this episode, we were initially thinking about those people who attend our workshops or forums. But much of this material is applicable if you are doing some part-time study or if you have children or friends doing more formal study at school… Read more »Five sure-fire ways to improve learning

Creating enduring change using peer-to-peer learning

Today we’re going to explore one of the most effective ways of creating enduring change in farming communities: peer-to-peer learning! This is a way of working as enablers of change that can really build capacity and capability.  Denise is currently involved in a large peer-to-peer project so she started thinking about this. It’s often hard to know where to start because peer-to-peer learning seems like it should be super-complicated and… Read more »Creating enduring change using peer-to-peer learning