Unleash your potential by making the learning process explicit, understanding your preferences for using it, and learning new ways to apply it to all aspects of your life and work.

In one’s career, fam­i­ly and per­son­al life, a bet­ter under­stand­ing of the learn­ing process and learn­ing pref­er­ences is the key to a bet­ter life. Based on the book How You Learn Is How You Live: Using Nine Ways of Learn­ing to Trans­form Your Life by Kay Peter­son and David A. Kolb, this foun­da­tion­al pro­gram intro­duces the prin­ci­ples of expe­ri­en­tial learn­ing by expand­ing the def­i­n­i­tion of learn­ing from what hap­pens in the class­room to what hap­pens in life.

The self-aware­ness about one’s habits of learn­ing can shed light on blind spots and impact all of one’s life from the qual­i­ty of deci­sions and rela­tion­ships to the paths one choos­es to pur­sue. The goal of any delib­er­ate­ly devel­op­men­tal orga­ni­za­tion is to first help indi­vid­u­als become capa­ble learn­ers who are self-aware, mon­i­tor their own process, and con­tin­u­al­ly improve it.

What can an indi­vid­ual, team or orga­ni­za­tion do to learn how to learn more effec­tive­ly? Expe­ri­en­tial learn­ing has pro­vid­ed a process map with four key steps that are essen­tial for effec­tive learn­ing: the learn­ing cycle. This course will explain those steps and describe nine pat­terned respons­es to using the process (learn­ing styles), each of which presents strengths and chal­lenges. Spe­cif­ic strate­gies are pro­vid­ed for build­ing agili­ty to use all nine approach­es and acquir­ing the many cor­re­spond­ing ben­e­fits: more flex­i­bil­i­ty, less stress and con­flict even with more diverse rela­tion­ships, and more choice and hap­pi­ness in life.

The course con­cludes with a per­son­al plan to expand one’s learn­ing style reper­toire and cre­ate envi­ron­ments that sup­port learn­ing and development.

This intro­duc­tion to Kolb Expe­ri­en­tial Learn­ing pro­vides a life-alter­ing expe­ri­ence in devel­op­ing self-aware­ness and aware­ness of oth­ers. It also proves that expe­ri­en­tial learn­ing should be on the agen­da of every­one try­ing to enact per­son­al change and every orga­ni­za­tion­al change effort.

Learning Outcomes

  • Con­nect learn­ing to all life’s adap­tive process­es, such as deci­sion-mak­ing and adapt­ing to change.
  • Iden­ti­fy the four modes of the learn­ing process and the roles of grasp­ing and transforming.
  • Con­nect the learn­ing process with the struc­ture and func­tion of the brain.
  • Define the con­cept of learn­ing style and debunk com­mon myths.
  • Iden­ti­fy one’s learn­ing pref­er­ences, their impli­ca­tions and impact.
  • Describe the ben­e­fits of learn­ing flex­i­bil­i­ty in life and work.
  • Apply new knowl­edge to become more effec­tive in any situation.
  • Improve com­mu­ni­ca­tion and decrease con­flict with oth­ers whose styles are different.
  • Imple­ment an action plan for per­son­al and pro­fes­sion­al development.

How It Works

This course is designed using expe­ri­en­tial learn­ing prin­ci­ples. As you work through the course con­tent you will step through a self-dis­cov­ery process of review­ing your own learn­ing pref­er­ences. You will be guid­ed through exer­cis­es that will help you uncov­er the impact of your style pref­er­ences to your life chal­lenges. Then, you will design sim­ple, prac­ti­cal actions that will allow you to become bet­ter and more effec­tive. Final­ly, you will cre­ate and imple­ment a per­son­al or pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment plan. At each stage of the process you will receive feed­back from expe­ri­en­tial learn­ing experts.

When you fin­ish the course and com­plete your devel­op­ment plan, you will earn a dig­i­tal credential.

Who Should Take This Course?

  • Indi­vid­u­als
  • Edu­ca­tors (K‑12, High­er Ed)
  • Coach­es
  • Human Resource Pro­fes­sion­als (Tal­ent Devel­op­ment, Orga­ni­za­tion­al Devel­op­ment, Coaching)
  • Instruc­tion­al Designers


Kay Peter­son

Purchase Options

Digital Course

  • Online course to work through at your own pace
  • Expert feed­back at five points
  • Per­son­al reflec­tions to deep­en learning
  • Per­son­al-pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment plan with imple­men­ta­tion and accountability

Virtual Workshops

  • Digital course completed with cohort over three weeks
  • Three virtual workshops with expert facilitators
  • Expert feedback at five points
  • Personal reflections to deepen learning
  • Personal-professional development plan with implementation and accountability

Coached Experience

  • Dig­i­tal course com­plet­ed over five weeks
  • Three vir­tu­al 1:1 coach­ing sessions
  • Expert feed­back at five points
  • Per­son­al reflec­tions to deep­en learning
  • Per­son­al-pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment plan with imple­men­ta­tion and accountability


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