My career in marketing and multimedia started in the fifth grade, at the age of ten years old. It was the 1980’s and school psychologists used students for social/educational experiments. My elementary school took the top ten students based on a series of psychological/academic metrics and removed the students away from the classroom for the entire fifth grade. Instead of attending school, we did all our coursework at home, and spent our time learning through practical application. For example: to learn aerodynamics, we traveled to an airport and boarded a plane; to learn the justice system, we attended court. The crux of our experience culminated in lobbying and passing a bill that placed a statue of Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of television, as Utah’s representation in Statuary Hall, Washington D.C.
Working with state Senators, my job was marketing. We had to create and set up events to raise funds for the project. I had to call senators and arrange dinner parties. We did media junkets and talked to the press. We sent out invites, created posters and brainstormed strategies to market our bill to lobbyists. It was the best experience of my grammar education, which is probably why I love experimenting with the flipped classroom model. Our external classroom not only succeeded in cementing Philo’s place in Statuary Hall, but it provided practical application skills and created a deep passion for multimedia.
At 18, I attended Salt Lake Community College on a Presidential Leadership Scholarship, followed by a cheer squad tuition waiver.
I relished my time at Salt Lake Community College. SLCC has so many resources geared toward the success of the student, I found it to be the perfect training ground for experimentation and innovation. My best college memories are at SLCC. I met new, diverse people every day and formed friendships that have lasted a lifetime. The diversity at SLCC expanded my mind and encouraged me to strive to become a better person. At SLCC, I found love, learned compassion and became immersed in critical thought.
My time at SLCC as a student had great influence on my teaching philosophy and style, as I love innovation and will incorporate the latest technology the students and I have access to: Cell phones become essential learning tools; apps are incorporated into homework assignments; social media trends are classroom discussion; quizzes are in the form of video game competition. In my class, students work together in groups as the classrooms morphs into their lab for innovation and experimentation.
In every class, I strive to incorporate auditory, visual and kinetic learning. I am a believer in hands-on learning, practical application, technology and peer discussion. I also encourage competition and revision, as both are essential to stay employed in the Marketing industry.
What I do well:
8 Reasons why Experiential Learning is the Future of Learning
by Mr Rajiv Jayaraman, Founder and CEO, KNOLSKAPE
Experiential Learning Is The Future Of Learning
More than a hundred years ago, Hermann Ebbinghaus formulated the learning curve, which describes the relationship between memory and time. In a nutshell, it says that, during a lecture, if your absorption rate is at 100 percent on day one, there is a 50-80 percent loss of learning from the second day onward, which is reduced to a retention rate of just 2-3 percent at the end of thirty days.
This theory is even more relevant in today's world where attention spans have come down and learning sometimes is reduced to 140 characters!
How then can 'Experiential Learning' help overcome this situation?
We believe there are eight reasons why experiential learning is the future of learning.
LEARNTech Asia Conference 2014
Mr Rajiv Jayaraman is one of the speakers at LEARNTech Asia 2014. LEARNTech Asia 2014 will be held in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands (13-14 November 2014). The topic he will be speaking on is “Designing Immersive Games for Experiential Learning”. For more information on the conference, please visit http://learntechconf.com/.