Making it Pop - Reflecting Practice in Experiential Learning

Imagine this: a room full of participants thinking deeply about new concepts and insights you just introduced, connecting that learning to their own life, and creating a plan to apply it in the very near future. Sounds great right?
An effective debrief takes work to design and execute.
Many popular theories of adult learning and instructional design emphasize the importance of a debrief but do not provide trainers with a deeper toolkit of how to accomplish it. Join this train-the-trainer session to understand and experience debriefing techniques from such training luminaries as Jerry Weinberg, Sivasailam "Thiagi" Thiagarajan and Sharon Bowman.
In this session you will experience and examine different types of experiential learning. You will learn several ways to facilitate a debrief. You will leave with a short effective debrief that can be used in almost any situation. You will also hear a few very entertaining and educational stories of debriefing failures!
Come learn more how to create debriefs training with these powerful techniques!

Outline/Structure of the Workshop

This session will use Sharon Bowman's 4C Instructional Design.

[Connections with the Participants]

Introduction - [10 minutes]

  • Personal Story about Debriefing Failure
  • About Me
  • Table Share: Best Debriefing Experiences
  • Working Agreement

[Concepts from Facilitator/Concrete Practices for the Participants]

Why and How to Debrief - [30 minutes]

We will use three very fast games to try three debriefing methods. Each game will provide a shared experience of debriefing that we will leverage to "go meta" on debriefing activities.

  • Game #1 - Based of Thiagi-[10min]
    • Jolt Exercise - Clock
    • Debrief via Thiagi 5 Step
    • Pair Share (Meta on Debriefing)
  • Game #2 - Based of Jerry Weinberg- [10 min]
    • Jolt Exercise - Neglect of Ambiguity
    • Debrief via Weinberg Method
    • Pair Share (Meta on Debriefing)
  • Game #3 - Based of Sharon Bowman-[10 min]
    • Jolt Exercise - Numberline
    • Debrief via Sharon's Worksheet
    • Pair Share (Meta on Debriefing)

[Concepts from Facilitator, Concrete Practices from Participants]

  • How Debriefing differs for different activities-[20 min]
    • Simulations / Triad Share
    • Serious Games
    • Pair Share
  • Tips/Tricks [10 min]
    • Rehearsing your activity
    • Improv
    • Timing
    • Creating Psychological Safety
    • Diversity & Inclusion


  • Activity to help the participants further the activity with by choosing how to debrief a game [10 min]

  • Q&A [10 min]

Learning Outcome

  • Understand why debriefing is important
  • Experience multiple debriefing methods
  • Learn 5 important Tips/Tricks when debriefing

Target Audience

Anyone who uses experiential learning! Trainers, Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, Managers

Prerequisites for Attendees

Familiarity with adult learning theory and instructional design helpful, not not necessary

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