One gigantic learning cycle experiment

In my mind, there are two distinct ways of looking at what this group of great people has been through in the past two weeks. There’s the side that forces you to look at yourself, examine your own beliefs and theories and (hopefully) begin realizing some new possibilities. Then there’s the piece that RRU looks at or gets out of it.

I think the RRU piece is a very large constructivist learning experience that has one large macro learning cycle to it. We’ll all have plenty of tiny learning cycles along the lines of Kolb’s theory, but this MA will be more akin to Taylor’s broader model when you think of the RRU perspective. Do you think RRU designs this that way, or am I out to lunch and simply sleep deprived?

Our residency ‘boot camp’ (and make no mistake, this has been a bootcamp) is the disruption phase. We’ve received our share of downloads via a behaviourist learning model. Several lectures on learning theory and research methodology. However, I start thinking about how much the group exercises forced us into upheaval and working in ways that were uncomfortable at times. To me, that’s the disruption and now we go back to real life and try to integrate that and accept it to form a new reality.

For myself, I think of how I could change or avoid the missteps in future group projects, particularly when we’re working at a distance. It seems that boundaries could be better created and enforced by the group simply discussing at the outset a way of working that fit for everyone – and then agreeing that everyone will stick to the framework. This doesn’t mean it has to fit anyone’s personality type or learning style better, but it will help ensure that people can strike a balance and work from a common set of principles.

If anyone comments on this, let me know what you think you’d do differently to better frame a group project?