Our friends at the What Work Centre for Wellbeing tell us that not only is Learning good for the mind, it's also good for the soul. In the final project for my PGCert in Higher Education Learning and Teaching I put this to the test. Talking my students in their final year of the MBA at Brighton University I looked at the impact of their study on Wellbeing. The results were impressive; we saw improvements across all the measures.
Spending the past year fitting in extra study around my various day jobs and my family, I have the interesting experience of Learning about Learning, whilst also reflecting on the experience of Learning. To be honest at times this has felt like going around in circles, but it's been worthwhile!
We never really stop learning, but studying for a formal qualification provides a specific focus. Good learning should always be useful, relevant, fun and engaging. It should challenge and inspire as much as it educates and informs.
Throughout my own study this year I have become more convinced than ever that it is time to ditch the dull. As I have opened up my classroom and training events to more creative methods, I have seen the positive responses from students and delegates. Giving people permission to unleash their creativity brings hugely productive learning.
And Good Learning inspires improved Wellbeing. It helps people focus on the future in a positive way, it stimulates the brain, and provides purpose and direction.
So please join me in my crusade to ditch the dull, and together we can pursue beautiful and excellent learning. I'd love to know what you're doing in your team or organisation to bring a dose of inspiration to learning, please share ideas and examples in the comments or on twitter. Or if your current learning offer needs a sprinkle of inspiration then get in touch for a chat!
This post was first published on Clair's LinkedIn page.