Feedback from our customers who participated in Virtual action learning
Participants of virtual action learning take part in action learning sets without travelling to attend. It can help bring peers together from multinational organisations. Our work has reached people in 57 countries across the globe, and we can operate in several languages including French, Spanish and Russian.
This methodology has a useful structure which can help teams learn together, discuss their issues in a safe environment, create generative dialogue and solutions. It increases team spirit, awareness, motivation and eventually performance in organisations.
Also, in today’s global and fast changing business environment, being able to do it virtually saves time and cost.
The system is easy to implement.
Being new to the world of digital campaigning the virtual action learning set was really useful as it gave me access to experienced campaigners who have a solid grasp of the use and potential for a really strategic and powerful engagement tool. VAL is a great way to connect with people doing the same work as you. It was great to learn from both the differences and similarities in challenges that we face and have access to people who’ve struggled with similar issues.
Campaign Manager Leadnow
Virtual action learning would be a wonderful tool to use if face to face discussions for parent/teacher meetings are difficult to plan but necessary for the team to have. Especially in today’s society when parents, teachers, therapists, and other stakeholders all have different schedules and find it hard to be in one place for a set time, using the virtual action learning model to work through a potential problem that may arise in the school environment may be beneficial for all involved.
Jennifer Roberts Teacher Family First International School, Bermuda
In a VAL set you can talk frankly about your issues, everything said is in confidence. No advice is given, they ask questions and you will find the answers yourself. Then you do whatever is your plan on the issue and report back the next time.
Head of Organizing Campact
Being forced to listen to others speak and pay close attention to what they are saying allowed me to take my focus off myself and to tune in wholeheartedly to my set members. Virtual action learning is an excellent tool.
Daltonell Minors Deputy Principal Family First School, Bermuda
Virtual action learning is a viable option when you desire to connect people who are separated by geography to achieve a common learning and organisational goal .. We are a more cohesive team and more focused on utilizing this approach within our organisation.
Physiotherapist Family First School,
The skills I have developed from both being a set facilitator and a set member have changed and enhanced my work as a coach, a mentor, a mediator and facilitator. And as a process, Action Learning has enabled me to make a more full offer to clients – to continue their learning and support for each other, in their work – sometimes around specific areas of training.
I expect I will be involved with Action Learning as a facilitator and set member for the rest of my professional life and beyond.
As a self-employed facilitator, trainer and mediator back in 2006, I was looking for something to enhance my practice, to give my clients something longer term, and a colleague suggested Action Learning, so we both signed up for the ALA facilitator training course. A few years later, we also took the refresher to achieve the ILM endorsed award.
We began our own set as self-employed facilitators and trainers and met together several times a year for over 5 years. It was an incredibly powerful experience and provided me with a level of support and awareness that I probably had not experienced in my forty years of work. During this time I completed my masters dissertation, wrote a chapter for a book, and developed my mediation practice in new ways. The challenge and critical thinking of the set was a major contributor to all of these accomplishments. Several of us from that first set have recently re-formed a new set with additional members, as we are all taking on new challenges and wanted again the support and critical thinking that the set provided in the past.
During this time I also ran sets for clients, often to carry on learning after being participants on training in mentoring and in conflict resolution, and am currently co-ordinating and running several sets for community workers across the UK, which we are doing virtually using Skype.
I really enjoyed the virtual action learning training and found it really comfortable – being in a space and focusing on what I am hearing. I felt very engaged in every session and experienced it as a really powerful process
Toby Lindsay Lecturer and consultant
At the beginning of the course the idea of facilitating a virtual set would have made me very nervous. Experiencing it has given me the confidence to do it. Virtual action learning is like stepping into another world – a curious but engaging experience”
Lynda Haddock Education Consultant
Shutting down one of your senses conveys benefits. It has made my hearing work harder and be better