How We Work

Learning in the Round

Silverback’s learning and teaching methodology is based on the notion of “Learning in the Round” defined as a “…dynamic and innovative approach to learning in which three sets of actors – Participants, Specialists and Facilitators – combine to transform experience into learning.”​

The Learning in the Round approach was developed over the last 20 years, as a response to the particular challenges and opportunities presented by working with mature adults undertaking work-based programmes of learning and development​.​

Participants, supported by the Facilitator and the Specialist, are encouraged critically to reflect on work-based topics, issues and dilemmas and to share their opinions, approaches and solutions with others in a supportive and productive environment.

Learning in the Round takes learning out of the classroom, using real-life situations, simulations and scenarios drawn directly from the participants’ workplaces. Practical knowledge and understanding are the foundation from which ideas and concepts emerge and can be used productively to promote understanding and learning.

Workshops are highly interactive and participants will be expected to engage in a range of activities, including:

  • Presentations
  • Case Studies
  • Problem-based and Table-top Exercises
  • Exercises, Simulations and Site Visits

Our courses develop new perspectives on:


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