Experiential Learning through Escape Rooms

Experiential Learning has emerged as a prominent tool to embed key messages and learning objectives into individuals. (If done correctly) Escape Rooms can be used as a powerful form of Experiential Learning and in this blog, we will discuss the benefits of Experiential Learning and how Escape Rooms can be used to harness these benefits for your Brand.

What is Experiential Learning?

Before delving into the world of Escape Rooms, let’s first understand what Experiential Learning is all about. Experiential Learning is an educational philosophy that emphasises learning through experience. It involves active engagement, critical reflection and the application of knowledge gained from real-life experiences. Unlike the traditional learning methods that rely on the passive absorption of information, Experiential Learning encourages individuals and groups to actively participate in problem-solving, decision making and hands-on activities – all of which are prevalent when completing an Escape Room.

Experiential Learning benefits and how it applies to Escape Rooms

Active Engagement

Experiential learning captivates participants by actively immersing them in the learning process, leading to better retention and understanding of the material.

Escape Rooms are a fully immersive experience by which the theme, narrative, data used and puzzles themselves can all be bespoke to a certain goal or educational piece of content.

Application of Knowledge

Learners are applying theoretical knowledge to practical, real-life situations making the learning more relevant and meaningful.

Instead of taking in key information relating to your Brand through listening to a speaker or reading through a PowerPoint, Escape Rooms ensures the participants apply what they’re learning in practical situations. This could be done by groups having to actively read, digest and evaluate key parts of information you wish to pass on to them and then apply this information to solve a problem or puzzle.

Critical thinking

Experiential Learning encourages critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills as learners often face challenges and obstacles during hands-on experiences.

The above skills are profound in any Escape Room and if the content of the Escape Room is tailored to a specific learning subject, it becomes a remarkable learning experience.

Improved Retention

Using escape Rooms as a method of Experiential Learning enhances retention rates by allowing individuals to connect your content with practical experiences and shared success. This helps learners remember and apply what information they’ve used long beyond the experience itself.

Collaboration and Communication

Experiential learning involves group work and collaboration, promoting teamwork and communication skills – all of which are hugely prevalent in an Escape Room activity.


Engaging and hands-on activities are a great boost to motivation and enthusiasm for learning as its more enjoyable and fulfilling. We like to think of whether things pass the “partner test”. If your Brand’s new company values or information on a new product release was given to your employees via a slide deck or information pack is that going to a fun topic of conversation? Absolutely not. If that same information was delivered in an immersive Escape Room where they were competing against the clock and other teams within the organisation, is this going to be discussed at dinner? Absolutely!

Emotional Connection

Using an Escape Room as a form of Experiential Learning can create emotional connections to the subject matter, making the learning more meaningful and memorable.

At Challenger Escapes, we harness the power of experiential learning through Escape Rooms. Whether it be internally focused on delivering messages to people working within your organisation or trying to externally deliver messages to prospects or consumers, we can help those messages in an innovative and engaging way.

If you want to find out more about how we can deliver an Escape Room activation for you, please get in touch!

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Posted on November 7th 2023

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