Active Deep Learner eXperience

Through the “Active Deep Learner” experience and “FIRST” framework, we are introducing a new era of learning and development. A new era of education where not only new activities, and new teaching and training strategies are introduced, but also a movement that started over 3 years ago in other fields and the whole world is heading towards.

On the level of different economical offerings, everybody lately has been talking about customer experience, user experience, patient experience… Etc, hence, the movement we introduced is known as the “learner’s experience”. It was necessary that the field of learning and development start to recall the concept of experience, which is quite simply a method to make training and teaching “learner-centric”, focusing on the whole person, student, and learner. 

By whole, we mean focusing on the mental, cognitive, spiritual, emotional, practical and psychological aspects. In other words, designing the experience, applying and facilitating it in its totality and covering all aspects.

It is also important in this new learner experience approach -especially the Active Deep Learner eXperience and FIRST framework- to perceive the learning experience as a complete journey, starting from the preparation period, then the training itself, and the post-training period that could last for as long as three months.

This new philosophy in dealing with training and teaching is concerned with organizing, designing and facilitating the whole process with different strategic tools and ideas.

FIRST Framework

When speaking about FIRST, it is simply composed of the letters F, I, R, S, T, which stand for five letters representing the five different domains of the framework and 15 main principles.

F is for focusing; which means focusing on the learner with utmost care through interacting inside and outside the classroom.

I is for interacting; as we proceed from interacting with the individual in the first domain to the interaction within the group, this domain is concerned with the transversal interaction between trainees and how it enriches the process of learning.

R is for reviewing; concerning the basic learning point which is the training activity itself, we call it “active review”. 

S is for sequencing; where it is important to build a smooth chain of activities during the training day, to ensure that the training design and facilitation is logical and well ordered for the learner to experience. 

Lastly, T is for transforming learning into performance. The aim of the framework is to create a noticeable impact on trainees, be that by positive change in attitude, increase in positive habits that helps the individual and the institution, or a general transformation in life. 

This is our FIRST framework, and as we have stated, it is based on Active Deep Learner experience as the methodology with its new philosophy of training, development and education.

We ask God Almighty that we can benefit those who design experiments, and those who facilitate the process of education.