“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” - Plutarch
You see colorful posters on the walls. Music is playing. You find participants working in groups, playing a memory or board game to learn content. Or, perhaps, participants are developing a skit, creating learning activities to teach each other, or putting together magazine cut-outs to make a collage to demonstrate a skill or content chunk. You are in a learning program using Accelerative Learning.
And Accelerative Learning is more than just the inclusion of music and the arts, more than playing learning games that are effective and fun, even more than designing learning to appeal to all learning styles. It is a method that begins with the premise that each person is capable of much, much more than they think is possible. AL assumes that our own limiting beliefs about ourselves, our abilities and learning itself often get in the way of our learning potential. In an AL session, the facilitator creates multiple opportunities for individual and group experiences that enable participants to move beyond those limiting beliefs and tap into their inner wisdom, their hidden potential. The facilitator, the learning environment and the design of the learning process are key determining factors in the success of learning and the development of the capacity to learn.
In short, AL is a transformative approach to the learning process. It is a deep and robust framework for facilitating learning and for learning itself. We believe that learning should be a joyful experience whenever possible, full of exciting discoveries. AL is a way to make that happen for learners of any subject.
(Accelerative Learning is also known as Accelerated Learning, Transformational Learning, and Natural Learning among other terms).
Check out these documents for more detail:
10 Elements of AL + AL Cycle.pdf
290.6 KB AL Cycle outline and diagram.pdf
103.0 KB More on AL.pdf
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* The Longer Story about IAL/IAAL
After 38 years and 35 conferences IAL/IAAL has closed its doors as a membership association. The current economic challenges, members' busy schedules and time demands, and the challenges of functioning as an all-volunteer organization created unsustainable conditions. Nevertheless, AL as a field continues to evolve and there are still communities of practice both local and global. The Board of IAAL made the difficult decision to close the organization in November 2012, effective formally on February 28, 2013. We decided to maintain this website as a portal to other sites and resources for a 5 year period in the hopes that something new will emerge in its place.