What is Accelerated Learning?



Accelerated Learning is in many ways simply a road map for those who facilitate learning.

It guides you in making the best choices in how to set-up the learning environment, in the design of learning programs to meet the needs of all learners, and in facilitating so that the learning process is both deepened and accelerated. Learners retain more. They apply learning more effectively at work and in their personal lives. Their ability to think critically, systemically and innovatively increases. They become more adept and agile learners!

The map is derived from the study of years of interdisciplinary research and constantly changes as we learn more about learning and human development. The methodology integrates new and helpful ideas and approaches as they become available.

You will be able to learn about the key landmarks on the map by visiting the Pillars of Accelerated Learning. The Ingredients of Accelerated Learning reveal the research that has influenced the development of the map. The Accelerated Learning Cycle shows you the map in its most current form.

If you would like to know more about Accelerated Learning and its key principles and components, you can take our Guided Tour to explore how the following is integrated into the map of Accelerated Learning:

  • Structure influences behavior. “Everything speaks!”
  • Each person brings their own preferences to learning
  • Learning is supported by a social process of mutual support
  • Facilitating is less about delivering content and more about encouraging discovery, reflection, and learning
  • Learning is not about memorizing lots of information, it is about transforming how we think and act.
  • Learning happens when there is personal meaning and significance
  • Learning involves more than just the head; it engages the mind, body and spirit
  • Each person brings their cognitive belief systems, their previous “learnings” and their hopes and aspirations with them.
  • Learning is as much unlearning as it is learning, and the ability to reflect is key to transformative learning.
  • Facilitating is less about delivering content and more about encouraging discovery, reflection, and learning.