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EOL Experience-Oriented Learning methods at their best:

The METALOG Method

 The individual METALOG training tools are a little bit like musical instruments. Indeed, when you play an instrument such as a trumpet, the drums or the violin, for the first time, you may manage to produce a single note, but only a lot of practice will turn you into a real virtuoso. The METALOG Method shows you how to get the most out of the individual instruments. After all, who has the time to learn how to play an instrument without instructions?


The 3 steps to the learning project

1. Staging = preparation creates the right frame for action

2. Performance = experiencing with all of the senses

3. Assigning meaning = various methods of reflection link learning to daily life


The art of staging

During the staging phase, the trainer sets the scene for the learning process. He establishes a link to the group’s world and gives the learning project a meaning and a focus. He tailors it to the culture of the group and pays particular attention “to speaking the language of the group”. For example, take Tower of Power:

- For project managers, the learning project is a “learning tower” in which they have to place “milestones” on top of each other to reach “deadlines”
- For school students who are learning about classroom bullying, they have to build a “house of trust” out of the building blocks. When doing so, the building blocks are labeled with terms such as “respect,” “listening,” etc
- For firemen attending a training workshop on self-protection, the tower is called “tower of risk,” and the task is to recognize their personal limits just before the tower topples.




In this phase, the group is involved in interaction. They experience the learning project as if they are in their own mini universe with its own atmosphere and rules. If the group gets stuck, the trainer can intervene appropriately to support them, such as through using dissociative interventions to get them to reflect on the process.


Assigning meaning

The aim of the phase following the learning project is to embed the experience of the interaction in the participants’ specific contexts. They reflect on what the experience meant to themselves and the other team members, examine what inferences they can draw from the interaction and use them to develop goals. The reflection phase works best using methods developed by METALOG, such as 3-phase transition and rope scaling, to name but a few.


Other important aspects of the Metalog Method:

  • From game to learning project
  • From contracting to shaping the process
  • Hypnosystemic approaches