Educational Philosophy of IBOLT

Our academic team is careful to ensure that our course developers create IBOLT courses with clearly stated Learning Outcomes and Learning Objectives. You can see right from the beginning where the learning is headed. It takes the guess work out of the kinds of learning that will take place in the course. Upon completion of every IBOLT course, we want you to be confident that you will possess new skills, ready to be used in your life context.

While learning is a natural process, not everyone learns exactly the same way. We therefore decided to adopt the Experiential Learning Model developed by David Kolb. In this way of looking at learning, IBOLT is careful to ensure that there are learning activities and experiences in each of our IBOLT Learning Modules addressing the learning style needs of all our students.

There are four learning dimensions in this model:

  • Concrete experience: Learning from specific experiences, relating to people, and sensitivity to feelings and people.
  • Reflective observation: Careful observation before making a judgment, viewing things from different perspectives, and looking for the meaning of things.
  • Abstract conceptualization: Logical analysis of ideas, systematic planning, acting on intellectual understanding of a situation.
  • Active experimentation: Ability to get things done; risk taking, influencing people and events through action.

You can learn more about Kolb's style of learning by searching for "David Kolb + learning style" on your favorite Internet search engine.