How to learn in this course

How to learn in this course

We are all in the process of changing and evolving. It is our capacity to learn, the evolve our thinking that is key to unleashing a new, regenerative form of tourism. New knowledge and ways of thinking are layered upon old ways of thinking. We should never be too old or too set in our ways to learn, reflect and make sense of the world. Indeed, learning is a really important aspect of personal and professional growth.

In this course, we will be asking you to undertake some inner work. The inner work of listening to one's instincts, the outer work of deep listening to others, leaning into uncertainty is essential. That is where a 'cohort class' is a very special way of learning. What we mean by a cohort class is that the students learn and reflect on the learning materials provided, but also have ample opportunity to learn, reflect and engage with each other.

Some may not be accustomed to working in this way, and for others, it may come easily. So sIt back and enjoy the ride! Dip in, take a back seat, we learn in different ways, at different speeds, so make this your journey!

Maintain a reflective journal

We recommend maintaining a journal where you can draw, mindmap, connect dots and reflect on the course materials. Research shows that writing down your thoughts reinforces recall and makes ideas stick. Journalling is a source of creativity. Read about how to journal here if you are unfamiliar with the practice.

If you have any good resources on keeping journals, please share them in the CoLab Community.

Engage in the community

The forum will be the place to post some of your reflections, ask for advice, test some ideas or get feedback on an activity or initiative you are planning. Please take the time to engage, connect and help others learn.

Establishing the mindset to learn

We cannot emphasise how important it is to understand the power of finding the right mindset for new ideas to flourish. Group learning should be a generative process where you learn individually and together as a cohort through direct exchange and support. It requires both self-work as well as creating and holding space for dialogue with others. It’s about understanding your own position before you can effectively engage others. We recommend adopting the following rules of engagement for this course:

1.    Be curious. Explore from different angles, play, and mix ideas.

2.    Reframe your problems. Flip your thinking. Step away from the established path and be willing to step out of your traditional comfort zone.

3.    Know it’s a journey. Nothing ever completely solved. It’s a journey of learning, reflection and revision.

4.    Ask for help. Everyone has unique talents, knowledge and skills.

5.    Put yourself out there and try. Just do it. You never know and might be pleasantly surprised.

Content sessions

These sessions (weeks 1,3,5,7,9) are organised around the content. Our aim in these sessions is to introduce the content for each module in an engaging and interactive way. We find many people prefer to engage in the learning session and then head to the online learning materials after the session in order to reinforce learning and dig deeper.

Small group colabs

The small group work on weeks 2,4,6,8 and 10 will provide an opportunity for small group discussion of the course content and to work through an intentional design exercise in regenerative tourism. The aim of these sessions is to facilitate community exchange, collaboration, peer-learning, sharing and sense-making in your own contexts.

The 'final share' session

The last session is a celebration of what we have learned and where we are taking the learning we have gained. We have found that it is important to open up the last session as an opportunity to share insights about what has been learned and what comes next. More details as the course rolls out!

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