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  • Adventure and Experiential Education SiteFinder Ezine 1.4
    discussion list is a great place to ask advice You may get a carefully written answer to your question You may get a reference to off line or on line resources This is often how activity pages on websites get found You don t need to be a member of AEE to join in Joining details are at www aee org Then just send in your question more advice on this below Depending on the nature of your question you may get a better and more thorough answer by searching the AEELIST archives Another kind of search you can do is to look for more specialised lists see next MORE DISCUSSION LISTS There are special lists for OUTDOOR RESEARCH ROPES COURSES ADVENTURE THERAPY etc I have instructions for joining and leaving 7 outdoor discussion lists on my own site and for archive searching if available http reviewing co uk outdoor discussion lists htm Rob Benson Crossroads Experiential Learning has links to 25 discussion lists that may be of interest to experiential educators http www magnolia net xroads URL may have changed ASKING QUESTIONS TO DISCUSSION LISTS It is not a popular move to post the same question to more than one list at a time In fact some lists discourage or outlaw this practice If you want to tap the brains experience and ideas from more than one list a good way is to ask a different but related question to each list Slant each question towards the main focus of the list you are writing to Also space out your questions so that what you learn from one list can shape what you ask the next list on your list If you think you may want to return some time to ask another question it makes good sense apart from being good manners to say thanks and to give something back some time This might be when you can answer someone else s question You don t have to be an expert You may simply refer someone to a useful reference on or off line such as the SiteFinder Directory and Ezine When you join a list you often receive a welcome message from a robot that gives you advice about using that particular list including sources of more robot advice and human advice from the list owner These tips about discussion lists should help you find useful websites especially in our field where keyword searches are so unreliable When you find a good website or a good page write in and tell us And if you can add a tip or two about discussion lists or search tips especially in our field please write in to These are all ways in which you become eligible for a prize Winning a prize is not guaranteed unlike the warm glow of inner satisfaction you get from contributing which is CONTENTS TOP D I R E C T O R I E S D A T A B A S E

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  • Adventure and Experiential Education SiteFinder Ezine 1.3
    web sites in the SiteFinder Directory CONTENTS TOP W h a t N o r o p e s c o u r s e What do the Grand Canyon yachting and Hacky Sacking have in common I ll spoil the suspense and tell you They are all sources of inspiration for 3 distinct approaches to active learning Each approach also has a place on the web where you can find out more Approach is an understatement the experience thinking and track records of each way of working living is truly impressive Daniel Botkin s Footbag Peace Initiative Dick Pohl s LeadYourShip The Creative World of Coleman Wheeler The educational philosophy of each site is very different The variety spans community work leadership training and youth development So across these 3 web sites there s something for everyone All 3 sites convey a strong sense of energy idealism and mission Their visions of a less violent and more caring world are rooted in practice All are doers and all give inspiring accounts of what they do how they do it and why they do it It may at first seem as if there are 3 ready made recipes on offer It is true that you will find sample programmes but these are simply examples of what is possible In all three cases learners influence shape and develop what happens rather than following a pre set journey laid out by an experience provider Yes there are connections between these approaches But these are 3 highly individualistic sites Each site describes 3 very DIFFERENT ways of engaging people in developmental experiences making use of The vastness of the Great Outdoors The tight metaphors of work simulation on a boat The street appeal and intensity of a Footbag work out What these 3 kinds of experience appear to have in COMMON is that they are intrinsically rewarding they are out of the ordinary they inspire a renewed sense of commitment to self others and the world All 3 websites are worth a visit by students by potential customers by people wondering how you do experiential learning without a ropes course and by curious people like you CONTENTS TOP W h a t m a k e s a g r e a t w e b s i t e Design features that stand out in the three websites reviewed 1 Personality Personality comes across loud and clear thanks to punchy messages photos of each author 2 have action shots and page designs that stand out 2 Testimonials Clients perspectives seem essential The length and depth of the Footbag testimonials makes this far more than a credibility exercise they provide real insights into the Footbag phenomena 3 Attention Grabbing Research may say that nothing beats black on white for ease of reading but you need to grab people s attention before they want to settle down to a good read Creative World is probably the most colourful site in the SiteFinder directory It

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  • Adventure and Experiential Education SiteFinder Ezine 1.2
    course htm URL may have changed Brian Bell College of the Rockies Fernie British Columbia Canada http www cotr bc ca prog mast html Dorset Expeditionary Society http www wdi co uk des John Logan Experiential Challenge Programs Inc http www ecprograms com Lakehead University Faculty of Education Outdoor Experiential Education Programs http flash lakeheadu ca tpuk oee1 html Lee Gillis Georgia College State University Rich Weider Team Craft http www teamcraft com CONTENTS TOP Y A H O O N E W H O O NewHoo could one day be bigger and better than Yahoo Although Yahoo is the most popular directory on the internet I can t imagine it being so amongst people who are searching for Experiential Education sites I first checked the Experiential Education section of Yahoo within the Education Theory and Methods section several months ago and there are still only 3 entries Holistic Education also has just 3 entries Service Learning has 8 entries Character Education seems to have a little more appeal for Yahoo editors with 23 web sites listed The pace at which the internet is growing seems to be outpacing the editors at Yahoo NewHoo think they have the answer although they are still very new NewHoo is a bit like Yahoo except that instead of employing staff to review sites they rely on volunteers to review them It depends on a huge volunteer army of part timers rather than on a small professional army of full timers Sharing out the work amongst enthusiasts seems to be a good way to develop a resource and a community The big advantage we have over NewHoo is that we are a little more focused And I haven t notice NewHoo offering any prizes see below I can see no sign yet of any categories that are of interest to experiential educators NewHoo welcome suggestions for categories and they are also looking for volunteer editors Have a look Give it a go If you do get involved please write into this ezine and let us know Tell us if you manage to get more than 3 websites listed in an Experiential Education category or similar I suspect that NewHoo may quickly become better than Yahoo for minority specialist interests the kind of interests that volunteers can get enthused about and that aren t already well indexed on the web Please write in with your experiences of Yahoo or NewHoo especially if you find any interesting experiential categories that I have not mentioned above http www yahoo com http www newhoo com CONTENTS TOP A N N O U N C I N G A P R I Z E D R A W Everyone who has signed up for this ezine is interested in finding good sites about Adventure and Experiential Education The current descriptive listing of 60 sites should help you to find what you are looking for Independent review comments highlighting people s favourite sites will make it an even better resource

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  • Adventure and Experiential Education SiteFinder Ezine 1.1
    on the internet is still e mail which some call chat anyway So let s get chatting If you have found a site that you want to recommend or comment on to other surfers then write in to this address r re e i g o Your comments may well appear in the next ezine or in a new comments section within the directory though publication is not guaranteed To help you get started sending in comments about sites that interest you I am suggesting some special topics to look out for over the next few issues Issue 2 Sites with pages about research evaluation or with background articles eXperientia plus Issue 3 Sites with interesting things to do Christian Itin s chat room The Ropes List message board plus Issue 4 Sites with great stories or insights Issue 5 Sites that smell of creativity innovation new approaches Footbag Peace Initiative plus Issue 6 Sites that make you want to borrow their designer to make a site for you Issue 7 Sites that Please suggest topics that interest you As a true adventurer you won t know in advance what you will find interesting about a site so ANY comments on ANY topics are welcome at ANY time But the above list may help prompt you to action If you have a site in the directory why not start by visiting the other sites on your page Please send your review comments between 3 and 10 sentences in length to r re e i g o NEW To encourage ALL visitors to the directory to comment on sites and not just subscribers to this ezine there are now comment forms on every page of the directory You may use them too Watch this space in future issues for comments and reviews CONTENTS TOP TRACKER S TIPS TRACKER S TIPS is for surfers and site promoters The tips that appear here will mostly be about searching for sites specifically in the outdooradventureexperientialeducationtrainingdevelopment sector And will not just be general surfing tips This directory exists because it is difficult to track down sites in this sector that you want to visit Even if you are an expert with search engines there are still many great outdoor education sites that will not show up in your searches because it usually takes a lot of dedicated hard work to get a site noticed in search engine or directory listings And over 40 of web sites are not indexed at all in ANY search engines CONTENTS TOP ROPES WEB RING TRACKER S TIP No 1 There are many weird and wonderful Webrings on the internet Rings link similar sites together You can tour these rings at random in sequence or by selecting interesting looking sites from a list of ring members There s an Education and Training Web Ring and a John Dewey Web Ring and lots more that may interest you A new ring has just begun the Ropes Web Ring You can get

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  • Reviewing Skills and Tools for Outdoor Trainers
    Barrett See the Guide to Active Reviewing at http reviewing co uk for testimonials articles links and resources that will help you to develop your reviewing skills What kind of reviewing Flipcharts and questioning skills are central features of many reviewing styles but many learners will benefit from taking part in more varied and dynamic approaches Ideally reviewing is at least as engaging as the activity being reviewed See the programme below to discover the range of reviewing styles that are included in this two day event Why Outdoor Training Roger Greenaway Reviewing Programme Notes Benefits Testimonials Reviewing Skills and Tools for Outdoor Trainers DAY ONE Creating a Climate for Learning Beginning a course Doing it and reviewing it Getting involved in learning Why reviewing and why active reviewing Why use the outdoors for training Revolver trying out different perspectives A climate for all learning styles Clarifying how you like to learn and why Sharpening Awareness Observation Walk and making reviewing a surprise Observing giving and receiving feedback concentrated practice in key reviewing skills The active reviewing cycle matching reviewing methods to theories of experiential learning and development Re viewing and Re experiencing working in the red zones of the cycle Sharing a valued outdoor experience and the value of sharing significant stories Re viewing and re living experiences tools to bring experiences to life Speed and search techniques tools to help you select what matters most Getting to the Point working in the black zones of the cycle Examining Findings tools for investigation and analysis reviewing as a balancing act Exploring Futures tools for change from re viewing to pre viewing Evaluation Reviewing day 1 using the reviewing cycle Previewing day 2 and checking priorities DAY TWO Reviewing for Team Development Deciding Line an activity generating activity Models of development Why learning cycles aren t enough Images of teamwork sharing values about teams actively Reviewing for better teamwork tools for helping teams learn and develop Challenging Situations Escaping from default patterns Individuals groups and even facilitators retreat to comfort zones when lost Starting from a combined list of common default patterns we will actively explore how reviewing can help to get individuals groups and facilitators moving You will have the opportunity to review your own reviewing Evaluation Transfer and Follow up How reviewing can increase the impact and value of training programmes Key issues about transfer transfer translate or transform What you can do before during and after training events to promote transfer Transfer within a training event Transfer beyond a training event These topics are based on Roger s two day programme on how to transfer of learning Countdown to the end of a programme Doing the most important things well Using this course as a live example you will learn how to design perfect endings for your own programmes Carry on learning Ending the course Continuing the learning Why Outdoor Training Roger Greenaway Reviewing Programme Notes Benefits Testimonials Extra notes about the programme Key inputs are supported

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  • Active Learning Books and Reviews | All profits go to Save the Children
    Electronics Photo Popular Music Classical Music DVD Video Software DIY Tools Kitchen Home Personal Care Garden Outdoors PC Video Games Toys Kids Keywords See today s Hot 100 Books at Amazon com See today s Hot 100 Books at Amazon co uk For news of new active learning book reviews monthly tips articles about active learning subscribe for free to Active Reviewing Tips Roger s monthly ezine for dynamic facilitators

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  • The Well-Played Game: A Player's Philosophy by Bernie de Koven, reviewed by Roger Greenaway
    one species Community is a key theme the book explores many fascinating facets of game playing that teeter totter between the game community and the play community In the game community the rules decide if you are good enough to play In the play community the players decide if the game is good enough to play if it isn t players change the game until it is good enough A play community could be a mother and child playing together because when the child starts crying the mother stops playing players matter more than the game Or a play community could be children playing in the street who play more softly when a younger child joins in A game community is best characterised by competitive professional sport where the game and the result become all important My understanding is that a well played game is possible in both communities but that good sportsmanship people putting people first is often harder to find in a game community The well played game is a process Details of the process include intriguing concepts like The Well Timed Cheat The Fair Witness The Practice Game The Bent Rule Restoring Balance Quitting and Quitting Practice As an example the logic of Quitting Practice goes something like this to be sure that we are playing with people who want to be playing we need to be sure that people feel able to quit the game whenever they want to So practising quitting makes it easier for people to leave and serves to increase our confidence that everyone who is playing is playing because they still want to play and not because they feel obliged to play Playing a game that you no longer want to play is clearly not a recipe for a well played game But what if a quitter wants to rejoin the game That should be OK too so there is a section on Getting Back In And there is a section on Being Left Alone which is how someone who quits may prefer to be treated by former playmates This is just a taste of what you will find There are many more such angles on playing well that may not seem that relevant when first encountered but soon turn out to be yet another essential feature of a well played game Every new angle triggers my own memories of game playing or other life experiences that would readily support its inclusion in this treatise on the well played game And then there are things that happen outside the game itself such as The Prelude The Interlude and The Postlude such as the 19th hole which all deserve consideration Even within a game there are rituals which may not be strictly part of the game but can still contribute to a game being well played such as the stories or theatre games that precede a game of tag And in case my examples make this book seem to be all about children

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  • The Experiential Learning Toolkit by Colin Beard, reviewed by Roger Greenaway
    more creative readers may well find thought provoking inspiration in those tools that do not directly apply to their own context The author is a National Teaching Fellow and a Professor of Experiential Learning so it should be no surprise that many of the tools are suitable for teachers and lecturers wanting to make their lessons more experiential The author s background in environmental work is clear and is the inspiration for many tools And there are examples from the author s work in corporate training throughout all dimensions Despite this broad range of contexts there are few tools that cannot be tweaked to be of value beyond the context in which they are described A significant strength of this book is that most tools are original Many of the tools have been developed and tested by the author in a variety of contexts The blending of practice and concepts works particularly well where the author is providing the conceptual background of tools that he has developed himself This is where his passion and infectious enthusiasm shines through When more familiar tools are presented such as sentence completion or string lines the presentation is more straightforward and less inspiring but perhaps a bit closer to what you might expect from a toolkit I am impressed by the range of tools that use space and spatial relationships Some involve moving labels and objects Different Ways to Know Nuts and Bolts How to get to Others involve giant models or maps on which participants move Just Four Steps Ace of Spades and Walk the Talk Seeing touching moving and making are fully integrated into most of these tools for experiential learning Although I have suggested other ways in which these tools might be categorised the value of the six dimensions structure is that it is universal and can be applied to every situation The tools are illustrative Here is a sample tool from each dimension BELONGING Coffee and Papers Transforming the experience of reading by providing choices about what and where and creating a luxury feel to the process DOING Bike it Construction and deconstruction of objects artifacts or theories in problem based learning SENSING The rucksack and the fleece Making presentations more engaging by appealing to the senses FEELING Reframing rewriting rethinking Converting limiting life scripts or self talk into statements that open up new possibilities KNOWING How to get to work developing abstract propositional knowing from everyday experiences BEING Service Learning Learning through giving in the real world Beard continually challenges the reader to think about how they could be more experiential in their practice for the purposes declared by the author of creating learning that is more engaging more effective and more embedded But what is more experiential for one practitioner could be less experiential for another For example there is the How to get to tool which takes the form of a brainstorm about different ways of travelling to work It is experiential because it closely relates to

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