Sketchnoting For Experiential Learners - Verbal To Visual Video Episode 16 - Doug Neill

Sketchnoting For Experiential Learners

Chances are that you take the time to learn from others on a regular basis via books, in-person events, and online resources.

But how often do you take the time to learn from your own experiences?

In this episode of Verbal To Visual Video we explore the process of experiential learning by digging into the steps of that process and then adding a layer of sketchnotes to see the benefits that arise from processing your ideas in a visual way.

VTVEpisode16ExperientialLearning_2000Here are some common learning environments that you’re likely already familiar with:

Common Learning Environments - books, live events, video and audio; learning from others - visual note-taking, sketchnoting, doodling

Don’t forget that you’ve got the ability to learn from your own experiences too, and that learning in that way can be just as valuable as learning from others.

As we’ll see, sketchnoting can multiply the benefits that arise from experiential learning.

Experiential Learning - learning from your own experiences - sketchnoting, visual note-taking, doodling

David Kolb has been exploring the field of experiential learning, and developed the following learning cycle based on his research:

Kolb's Learning Cycle - experiential learning, concrete experience, reflective observation, abstract conceptualization, active experimentation - sketchnoting, visual note-taking, doodling

Let’s look at how you can add visual notes to the stages of this cycle.

During the concrete experience and reflective observation stages, a sketchnoted journal could be a great way to capture and reflect on your experience.

Reflective Observation - sketchnoted journal, in the moment, after the fact, experiential learningDuring the abstract conceptualization stage, you pull out the key ideas and generalize them in a concise way. One way you might keep track of those ideas is via a visual summary.

Abstract Conceptualization - visual summary - experiential learning

When you then go to test out those ideas during the active experimentation stage, you can sketch out and then carry out the experiments that will help you to test the limits of your ideas.

Active Experimentation - sketch out then carry out - experiential learning - sketchnoting, visual note-taking, doodlingBy engaging in experiential learning and following that cycle that we just looked at, you’re opening yourself up to deeper insights and long-lasting learning.

The Benefits Of Experiential Learning - deeper insights, long-lasting learning - sketchnoting, visual note-taking, doodling

And each visual element that you use to process your experience acts as a multiplier of those benefits.

The Multipliers - experiential learning - sketchnoting, visual note-taking doodling

So go give experiential learning a try for yourself, and add in a layer of sketchnotes to see how it impacts your experience and what you learn from it.


Want To Dig Deeper?

If you’re new to the idea of sketchnoting and excited to develop more visual thinking tools, I think you’d enjoy our foundational course An Introduction To Visual Note-Taking.

If you’d like to make sketchnoted videos like the one you saw here, we’ve got a course for that too! Check out How To Make Sketchnote Videos.

And if you’re an educator interested in bringing visual note-taking into your classroom, check out Sketchnoting In The Classroom.