Using Liminal Spaces in Online Learning for faiths awareness training

How will my learners ever learn that?

Sometimes in training roles, we are left wondering how our learners will ever be able to take on board the new learning set before them, it can seem such a task. This could be for various reasons: it is so unfamiliar to their world, it may have massive implications for their lives or they may already have made up their minds. The world we are in has also become a much more polarised one and we may be left scratching our heads on how to address that in our learners. Where do we begin?

I have recently had opportunity to speak on this in the podcast below, based on my time in Faiths & Cultures Awareness training in Southall. In it, I talk about my Masters studies at Edinburgh University, addressing how online learning can help in these stuations. Amongst others, the podcast also features Santa Claus and the Biblical Adam and Eve, and includes a bit of rock-climbing too 🙂

The podcast topic is around liminal spaces, what they are and how they occur, the importance of finding threshold concepts to take learners into them, and of providing ‘holding spaces’ for learners to wrestle with what for them can become ‘troublesome knowledge’. It looks too at longer-term implications for learners, and the role of facilitators in helping them through those.

You can listen to the podcast here:

Shift the Power Podcast Liminal Spaces in Online Learning

Shift the Power: Powerful Questions + Transformative Learning

Podcast by Global Learning Partners US adult education training organisation 

Enjoy the listen … I really enjoyed recording it (as you may tell)! 🙂

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