Action Learning in Switzerland - one expression, two methods

by Natalie Raeber (comments: 1)

I am an action learning facilitator. Earlier this month I have realised that the term “action learning” is used by scil, Crealogix and others here in Switzerland in a different way. How can we deal with two methods bearing the same name?
The action learning that I facilitate
  • is based on real life challenges
  • brings together a group of people
  • is a structured process that is based on open questions
  • brings together critical thinking and action
  • is a learning process for everyone
I did my facilitation training for Action Learning in 2013/2014 in London with the Action Learning Associates. The process is very well explained here
As I understand, the action learning project of Scil and Crealogix (both references in German) is:
  • a method that is used in an education
  • based on a real life project from work
  • an assignment, that is handled by one person
  • applying concepts, methods, and knowledge from the course
  • handed in in a written form
For me, those are fundamental differences in the two methods. 
The only thing the two methods have in common is that it is based on real life challenges/projects. I have to admit, that I have problems seeing the action part of the scil-approach besides writing and/or presenting a project. I would call their method “project work” and there is absolutely nothing wrong with using project works in an education. Is "action learning project" just a fancier way to say it?
What can we do now, that we have two methods working on actual problems with two very different approaches that bear the same name?
I have an uneasy feeling about this situation but I don’t have a solution. 
What are your thoughts?

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Comment by Natalie Raeber |

The discussion on linkedin ( showed me that there are, of course, flexible ways of facilitating action learning. Everyone does point out the key elements of action learning: real-life project/problem - deep listeing - open questions - taking actions - reflecting.
I can't find most of those elements in the description of the "Action Learning Project" by Scil and crealogix. Am I not seeing something?