What is this programme about?
Every team consists of individuals who each bring unique skills, ideas, and competencies to problem-solving situations. An interpersonal approach to learning allows different members of a group to contribute in a unique way best suited to their individual strengths and the needs of the team. It is important that team members work together to decide which skills should be developed by each individual to harness individual and shared abilities and provide opportunities for personal and collective growth.
The PULSE learning framework is a unique adult learning methodology developed by Roffey Park Institute is a simple but powerful tool to help integrate creative and critical learning into all areas of your organisation. Based on five iterative steps, PULSE is a process by which teams at all levels of an organisation are encouraged to treat each task and/or goal as a learning journey.
Drawing on Roffey Park’s own 75-year research into the changing needs of workplace learning, combined with wider adult learning research, PULSE is designed to give each learner the most effective learning experience for them. The process begins with an analysis of both the problem and the team’s existing skills and identifying missing skills. This leads to opportunities for individual team members to develop capabilities that contribute to the greater good of the team, shaping the group response to the problem. While a team might have a common learning outcome as their destination, each member of that team may have a different journey. This approach emphasises interpersonal learning.
This 90-minute session will introduce the PULSE methodology in an intuitive manner, through the application of PULSE itself. The session will begin with a short reflective introduction, comparing and contrasting different approaches to adult learning. Particular focus is given to the relative strengths and weaknesses of prescriptive, functional approaches to learning and more flexible critical/creative approaches. Following this, the various stages of the PULSE methodology — Plot, Unlock, Lever, Signify, and Embed — will be undertaken through a series of group activities. These stages address issues such as learning outcomes, potential blockages, required resources, meaning-making, and benefit to the wider community, respectively. With expert guidance and feedback from the programme leaders, you will come to understand and appreciate the PULSE approach as an effective tool for collaborative learning that is both personal and interpersonal, building on the abilities of the individual in order to strengthen the whole.
This PULSE workshop is part of a series of events related to a keynote speech being delivered by Roffey Park’s CEO, Dr Robert Coles to the annual IAL Symposium in August 2020. Dr Coles’ presentation, entitled The Human at Work, will lay out a radical agenda for human-scale dialogic learning as essential to the emerging workplace. While this was urgent before COVID-19, it is even more so now as we all struggle to maintain effective and affective communication via video conferencing.
In keeping with its long history of delivering world-leading adult learning, this PULSE session is supported by material available through the Roffey Park institute and through a reflexive workbook given to all participants.