One of the principles ideas underpinning In The Zone is the ability for tutors to set tasks for learners to complete when they visit certain locations. The aim here is that learners are active in their learning, not passive recipients of information. We learn by doing and In The Zone helps provide the scaffolding for learners to actively participate in tasks likely to lead to learning, the construction of knowledge and the development and honing of skills.
Why is it helpful to undertake these learning activities out in the ‘real’ world? Because the location provides a meaningful context for the activity, e.g. calculating drug charts in a hospital ward is qualitatively different to doing the same in a classroom; and drawing a building from the corner of a street presents different challenges compared to producing a drawing in a studio.