Following are a few more of the key elements of the RDI model.
Learning as a life-long, wholistic process
We view learning as a lifelong process involving:
- our body
- our brain and mind
- the persons who seek to guide us
- the potential opportunities we find or that are offered us
Learning requires opportunities to explore and experiment: Programs operate from the principle that effective learning cannot occur if students experience the threat of severe consequences, loss, or feel high levels of performance anxiety. Productive learning environments provide numerous opportunities to engage with mental challenges in a playful, curious, manner. Programs are constructed to encourage learners to take maximum advantage of opportunities to explore and experiment with the novel, challenging & unfamiliar, without initially having to worry about meeting real-world performance demands, or suffer the consequences of ‘failed experiments’.
Learners must experience ownership: Another important part of engaged learning is for students to become empowered owners of the learning process, becoming self-auditors and self-advocates for their learning & performance needs.