The 5 E Learning Cycle is about anchoring learning in your personal experience.
Think of a trainer who had a really positive impact on you.
He or she may have encouraged you to reflect on your own experience, draw lessons from it, and then extend these lessons into a whole new area.
Instead of simply being presented with the information you needed to learn, you explored it, and understood it on your own terms.
The 5 E Learning Cycle is a training framework that harnesses learners' curiosity in exactly this way. It encourages them to explore their own experience, and understand information in ways that resonate with them. As a result they can retain information – and apply it – more effectively.
In this article, we'll explore how you can use this tool to develop more effective learning experiences for members of your team.
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Balci, S., Cakiroglu, J., and Tekkaya, C. (2006) 'Engagement, Exploration, Explanation, Extension, and Evaluation (5E) Learning Cycle and Conceptual Change Text as Learning Tools,' Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, Volume 34, Issue 3. (Available here.) [Accessed 10 January 2013.]