In this post, I am going to talk about transformational learning and ways to provide that online.
But first, I want to introduce you to a person who helps others transform and make deep, meaningful shifts in their lives. Cindie Chavez is an intuitive life and relationship coach … also, known as the Love & Magic Coach.
Cindie listens on every level of her being to help others heal their broken heart. She works closely with clients, holds learning circles (aka workshops and courses), and offers her wise words in written materials. She is magic!
Like many coaches working deeply with others, Cindie taught in person. She led others through her specific healing method, which was supported by group interactions, questioning, and selected materials presented on a whiteboard.
Her next step was to place her workshop online to reach a wider group of people needing this service, and proceeded with a guided recording. Though clients were inspired by this DIY approach, it didn’t feel right to Cindie, so instead she decided to facilitate it online in a live setting.
I was delighted to hear how Cindie presented her teachings in that it was effective, efficient and connected so well with her pupils at a distance. Here was her delivery model:
It’s the 3rd step that was brilliant! After all the cognitive work of meeting others, and listening/visualizing/interpreting the healing process, a meditation would help bring each person to a deeper place within themselves where real work could be done.
Another interesting approach was during the one-hour live call there was no interaction with participants, which might lend towards a pre-recorded course in the future
As well, it such a short workshop with high impact showing we don’t always need long courses to teach people essential strategies to better their lives.
Cindie worked through my former course, Bottle Your Wisdom E-Course, and found some gems to her already designed course. She plans to revisit my course on sound and effective e-course strategies for her next learning development.
Some instructional design strategies Cindie found very helpful for her course design were:
I was tickled pink that Cindie picked up from me how to truly provide a learning journey that helps and inspires students… even online.
Transformational learning is a theory of deep learning that is so personal it can be an emotional, difficult and life changing experience. It is not for all teachers or students.
This theory is tied to the notion of making meaning. Or, understanding how we develop meaning we place on our world, in turn, formed by our culture, context, upbringing, religion and experiences.
Jack Mezirow was the foundational thinker of the transformational learning process, and many have drawn on his work as with Canadian scholar, Dr. Patricia Cranston (who just passed away at age 54!).
As outlined in this article, Mezirow suggests three themes associated with transformational learning in the classroom are:
As stated in this article, Mezirow suggests transformations come about due to one of four ways:
Regardless of where you facilitate transformational learning there must be a SAFE and TRUSTING environment. People need to know that they can express their POV where it will not be judged or corrected.
It probably will get EMOTIONAL, so plans need to be prepared on how to handle or intervene to ensure a sense of safety and trust prevails.
Develop POIGNANT, HONEST QUESTIONS that help learners hold a mirror to their face, and experience critical self-reflection.
Cindie provided so much of these transformational learning strategies in her online workshop that I am certain her learners felt safe, moved and engaged in miraculous work.
Check out her testimonials – that is what they are saying.