Experience-Based Learning involves “learning by doing”. Since people learn in many different ways, this approach enhances the traditional classroom learning focused on visual and auditory activities.

However, experience-based learning incorporates hands-on learning that involves group interaction, discussion, and feedback. It is the opposite of sitting in a classroom, listening to a lecture. It combines listening skills, observation, and actually performing the activity or challenge all at the same time.

This type of learning is useful when teaching children and youth new skills, because it involves all their senses. They hear instruction, watch demonstrations, communicate with others, and practice the activity themselves or with groups.