Indoor Experience-Driven Learning & Teaching Lab with Horst Abraham - Keystone

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Registration Deadline 9/16/19 Members and candidates with disabilities (whether physical or cognitive), who are considering applying for a certification exam must contact the Steamboat Springs office at least four weeks in advance of the scheduled test or exam to provide notice of their requested reasonable accommodation and to discuss their situations before the registration deadline date. Requests for accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The above-named workshop fills a very important gap in our regional and national training and development schedule. It provides participants with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of Experiential Education and their role as a teacher / coach in it. Participants learn to integrate theory and practice of experiential learning, and generate an understanding of how teaching ‘experientially’ fundamentally differs from teaching ‘didactically’.

The workshop is conducted in a very hands-on manner, reflecting experiential education methodology, a process in which students are largely responsible both for creating relevant content and actively manage the process.

Carefully selected series of learning outcomes offer participants the requisite search targets for their experimentation and playful exploration. In that students feel highly in charge of the ‘hunt’ for solutions and answers, their engagement levels are high, and their accountability for results generates productive energy and a highly collaborative learning environment. All play, no bystanders. Action related ‘language’ emerges from the learning process, language that is both simple and action prompting.


In that experiential learning requires coaches and facilitators to know and understand their role, we spend a considerable amount of time and effort in re-defining skills and competencies brought to the process of facilitating learning experientially. Learning to learn in a more or less playful manner is the aim of good experiential learning. Cognition, as it relates to playful skill development is suggested to take a back seat; yet in learning to teach in this manner requires coaches to understand the theory and principles of engagement, relying heavily on cognitive processing. In that sense the lab will have to manage the paradoxical challenge to help produce profound simplicity in the learning process, while pushing intellectual learning to achieve this goal.


Are you ready for this adventure in learning? Come prepared to feel the productive discomfort of learning to learn. Join us in this exciting journey into Experience Driven Learning and Teaching.


Horst Abraham – Program Designer and Coach

Roger Henderson – Program Designer and Coach

Jane Tarlow – Program Designer and Coach

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Experience-Driven Learning & Teaching Lab - Prework


Pre-work for the course is required.


As we all know, the better prepared we attend a learning experience, the more do we gain from it. Please complete the following assignments in thought and writing and bring both to our Teaching Lab, ready to fully engage in the process:


1. Describe your best learning experience in defining BEST detail.


2. Do the same for what defines your best teaching experience, again identifying the key ingredients that made it extraordinary. 


3. Describe ‘Experiential Learning’ in your own words after spending some time online examining the work of Kolb, Fitts Posner and other research authors you may find.


4. Watch Sugata Mitra, The Hole in the Wall. What are your core insights?


5. Read the abstract below from Triple play: Additive contributions of enhanced expectancies, autonomy support, and external attentional focus to motor learning.


            Optimizing performance through intrinsic motivation and attention for learning: The OPTIMAL theory of motor learning. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 23, 1382-1414], 3 factors are postulated to facilitate learning: enhanced expectancies (EE) for performance, autonomy support (AS), and an external focus (EF) of attention. In 3 recent studies, combinations of 2 of these variables resulted in superior learning relative to the presence of only 1 variable, or none. We examined whether the combination of all 3 factors would enhance learning relative to combinations of 2 factors. Our design included EE-AS, EE-EF, AS-EF, and AS-EE-EF groups. Participants threw balls at a target with their non-dominant arm. In the EE conditions, they received positive social-comparative feedback. In the AS conditions, they were allowed to throw with their dominant arm on trial blocks chosen by them. In the EF conditions, participants were asked to focus on the target. On a delayed retention test, the AS-EE-EF group outperformed all other groups. The findings provide evidence that enhanced expectancies, autonomy support, and an external focus can contribute in an additive fashion to optimize motor learning.    Look at for additional info.


And if you are interested in Dr. Peter Allison  Experiential Learning and Snowsports: Creating Space for Learning


Discounted Lodging if booked before Monday, Sept 16th at Keystone Lodge and Spa - Use code CE2PSIA when booking: 

Call In Reservations for Keystone Lodge and Spa and Keystone managed condominiums. To reserve rooms at the PSIA Instructor Teaching Workshop group rate, call Group Reservations at: (800) 258-0437 and provide agent with Group Code CE2PSIA



October 5th, 2019 8:30 AM   through   October 6th, 2019 4:00 PM
Keystone Lodge
22010 US HWY 6
Keystone, CO 80435
United States
Event Fee(s)
Event Fee + Late Fee $ 260.00
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Event Specific Details
Event Accounting Code 2-4000-4-89
Event Category Adaptive Alpine, Adaptive Snowboard, Alpine, Cross Country, Snowboard, Telemark
This event is a prerequisite for... No
CEUs 12
General Prerequisites PSIA - AASI Membership
Adaptive Prerequisites
Alpine Prerequisites
Alpine Freestyle Prerequisites
Children Prerequisites
Cross Country Prerequisites
Snowboard Prerequisites
Telemark Prerequisites
Admin & Staff Only No

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