PGR Action Learning: Opportunities and Challenges

Tuesday 11 June 2019, 10am - 4pm

Earlham Hall, 1.34 (EH 1.34)

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Action Learning is an inspiring approach to academic and professional development that offers a small group of peers a structured and reflective way to explore the issues they face. Through reflection, we gain a deeper understanding; and this enables us to meet the challenges we face and manage the process of finding solutions more effectively. Through working in Action Learning Sets, we bring together people from within the same organisation to work through issues, share ideas and challenge perceptions in a trusting, supportive environment. Results are tangible and long lasting.

The following Youtube video offers some insight on the benefits of Action Learning (albeit from an industry, as opposed to academic, perspective):

 

Interested in taking part? The Action Learning Set participants (and fully trained facilitators) will meet together for a full day to get an Overview of what the process of Action Learning is. We will begin by outlining the stages that make up an Action Learning Set and we’ll establish the Ground Rules under which we intend to operate. There will be some skills practice, so we can get the most out of our Action Learning Set – this will include Active Listening, Open Questioning, and Challenging. You will understand your role and the role of the Facilitator during the Action Learning Set and in the Group Process (reflecting on the learning /other after the Action Learning Set is over). Most of the day will be devoted to participating in a facilitated Action Learning Set, so that you can experience the opportunities and challenges that they pose. After this, you will be invited to commit to further Action Learning Sets, where your Facilitator will liaise with set members about dates and organise room bookings, etc.

This session is intended to utilise and develop a number of individual skills, including:

  • Listening – for meaning and feelings
  • Reflecting back – what was said, using the issue owner’s words or a summary
  • Open Questioning – how, where, when, which, who, what?
  • Challenging – without animosity, with accuracy and in a concrete way

If you have any questions, please contact Bryony Porter.

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