Strength-based Learning: The Illuminative Method

Step Four Illuminative Method


Essential to the Scatliff Model for Networked Learning are processes from user-design, critical thinking, and strength-based learning. I developed the Illuminative Method in order to explore this model within informal networks for learning. The method uses positive psychology, design thinking, and reflective questions to invite people to get together and generate new topics that they want to learn. You can try the method with a few friends, family members, colleagues from work, or any other setting that you participate in.

What you might gain from trying the Illuminative Method

1)    Explore the uses of positive psychology and strength-based learning in improving collaboration among learners

2)    Experiment and discuss how the experience of positivity can lead to generative conversations that fuel motivation and a better understanding of one’s skills and strengths that can be contributed to the growth of a learning network among friends, family and co-workers

3)    Apply a learning method that helps sustain positive experience

4)    Explore how our discoveries can guide us in creating and sustaining learning communities in other contexts.

Hear what some participants have to say about trying out the Illuminative Method. Here is a visual created by the graphic facilitator, Brandy Agerbeck.

As part of the DePaul School for New Learning’s Center for the Advancement of Adult Education‘s Learning Lab, Amy presented the Illuminative Method. Here’s a blurb from the event.

What If Every Community Were a Learning Community?

30 people attended our second event in our series of learning events in which we explore the question, “What If Every Community Were a Learning Community?” In this Learning Lab, attendees gathered in small experiential groups to do an experiment with an Illuminative Learning Method. The Illuminative Method uses positive psychology and reflective questions to help members of small informal learning networks to generate new learning topics, classes, and collaborations.