Evaluating Informal Learning
JULY 12, 2013
My colleague, Andrea May came back from ASTD International Conference & Exposition (ICE), which was held in Dallas in May of this year, raving about a presentation on “Evaluating Informal Learning.” She knows that I have been blogging about learning evaluation for the past couple of years—mostly Kirkpatrick but also [.] Evaluation Informal Learning
Evaluating Informal Learning
JULY 12, 2013
My colleague, Andrea May came back from ASTD International Conference & Exposition (ICE), which was held in Dallas in May of this year, raving about a presentation on “Evaluating Informal Learning.” She knows that I have been blogging about learning evaluation for the past couple of years—mostly Kirkpatrick but also [.]
Research Brief: Measuring the ROI of Informal Learning
JANUARY 27, 2016
We know people learn and retain more information through informal channels , on-the-job experience and coaching, but most companies still expect their people to gain the bulk of their knowledge through more formal, structured means. In fact, studies have shown that most learners forget up to 90% of what they learn over time. Measuring the ROI of Informal Learning.
MAY 26, 2016
While formal training plays a tremendous role in improving learners’ competencies, most real learning occurs on the job through informal knowledge sharing, coaching, and direct observations. Thus, informal learning is now becoming an indispensable part of a blended learning solution. The ultimate goal of blended learning is to combine several media in one course.
TOP eLearning and Workplace Learning Blogs
APRIL 3, 2011
During the last 5 years I was able to exchange ideas, share thoughts, and learn from an eLearning community of practice that exists in the blogosphere. I did my research and I listed 134 eLearning and workplace Learning Blogs. and Learning Web Courseworks Will at Work Learning Workplace Learning Today Writers Gateway ZaidLearn. We support Free eLearning!
Embracing Innovation in Learning | Social Learning Blog
APRIL 21, 2011
Early indications of this same paradigm shift can be seen in the learning and education arenas. We We are moving, albeit in fits and starts, from traditional learning environments, where curriculum are essentially assigned to learners, to more collaborative and innovative environments where learners can self-direct their learning and participate in communities of passion.
Kirkpatrick Revisited | Social Learning Blog
APRIL 17, 2011
At the end of Level 1, Kirkpatrick now recommends a focus group to get information that wouldn’t be available right after the course was completed and to provide links to Levels 2 and 3. Level 2: Learning. He says unless one or more of the learning objectives?knowledge, results through a chain of evidence using the data and information from each of the first three levels.
The Most Popular Blog Posts for 2016
DECEMBER 8, 2016
It's the end of the year and, in case you've missed the most popular blog posts throughout 2016, I've compiled the top 5 for you here. The act of reflection is a major learning theme for me this year and reviewing the year's blog posts is a great reflection exercise. How to Improve Learning Retention by Over 300% - Hint: Don't Bore Me! Please enjoy! Read more of this. .
Social Learning Has Its Place…And Informal Learning Does Too.
AUGUST 11, 2011
Two weeks ago Jane Hart wrote an article titled, Social Learning: to be or not to be? , in which Jane expresses her dislike of the term Social Learning (big S, big L). That being said, I believe Jane’s first misstep occurs when she uses the term Social Learning (big S, big L). Social media can be an accelerant for social learning, both in formal and informal settings.
Informal Learning – the other 80%
APRIL 16, 2013
The start-up stiffed me but the paper morphed into the Informal Learning book. think it’s held up rather well. I’ll be leading a series of master classes on informal learning and working smarter in Europe. Informal Learning – the other 80%. Employees and partners with more capacity to learn are more versatile in adapting to future conditions.
6 Benefits of Informal Learning
NOVEMBER 25, 2015
Perhaps the highest level of learning with the deepest cognitive impact is informal learning. It’s what we call those precious learning moments where passion and curiosity meet to break all motivation and knowledge barriers. Let us explore informal and formal learning further to determine the pros and cons of each. Instructional Design eLearning
35+ ID & Elearning Blogs
APRIL 7, 2016
One way I stay connected with the community and what’s happening in the field is by reading blogs by instructional designers, elearning professionals, and educators. I use Feedly for my RSS reader, but you can use other readers or subscribe via email. If you don’t want to subscribe to all these blogs individually, check out eLearning Learning. More Blogs.
Learn Informal Learning Informally
JUNE 13, 2012
Next month I’ll be offering an experiential workshop on Informal Learning through Jane Hart’s Social Learning Center. Hands-on experiential learning. Tweet, blog, link, bookmark, narrate, and record. You learn by doing. experience learning hands-on through collaborative work, community, search, social software, blogs and tweets.
The Big Question: how to assess informal learning
Clive on Learning
MARCH 8, 2011
The Big Question on the ASTD Learning Circuits Blog is long enough to fill a post all by itself: How do you assess whether your informal learning, social learning, continuous learning, performance support initiatives have the desired impact or achieve the desired results? If you check out the blog you’ll find some fascinating answers to the question.
Controversy over Informal Learning
APRIL 28, 2012
When the book on informal learning came out, nay-sayers attacked me as some kind of loony. QUESTION: How do you know that informal learning works? ANSWER: How did you learn to walk and talk? How did you learn to kiss? QUESTION: How can you measure what people learn? QUESTION: How can we assess the ROI of informal learning? Not much.
Don’t drink the informal learning snake oil
JUNE 21, 2012
The 1999 Online Learning conference in Los Angeles was ground zero for eLearning. CBT Our dream of personalized, modular, always-on learning was dashed. fear that charlatans and dummies are taking informal learning down the same road. An Informal Learning Sequel? You nurture informal learning; micro-managing chokes it off.). The “e”?
Evaluating Informal Learning
The Peformance Improvement
JULY 24, 2013
Informal learning in organizations is finally being recognized as a key aspect of employee development and performance improvement. But how do you evaluate something that is as unpredictable and serendipitous as informal learning? The following post first appeared on this blog in November 2010. . How do you measure the impact of informal learning experiences?
MAY 13, 2009
A recent survey that found that employees (in the UK, at least) are more interested in innovative learning and collaboration than the HR and training people in those same institutions. The study, conducted in March, found that 44% of employees want to see collaborative tools like blogs, forums and wikis developed, while just 32% of HR professionals agree. More HR professionals (42%) than employees (38%) wanted to see more classroom learning. Undirected learning is not a straight-line sort of process. What do you think?
Top 3 Informal Learning Tips
FEBRUARY 4, 2014
Do your employees struggle to keep up with all the latest trends, new data and constantly changing business information? Today, workers need to be able to learn on demand, as well as to maximize their annual training. Informal learning helps employees stay knowledgeable and ready for industry shifts. Want to initiate more informal learning in your organization?
eLearning as Part of an Informal Learning Strategy
MARCH 17, 2011
How did most of your workplace learning occur over the past year? Much of my learning came from brainstorming with peers, participating in online forums , reading (articles, books, blogs, etc.), Do you have a similar story of unstructured, experiential, informal learning? Jay Cross, known for his informal learning research, tells us that approximately 80% of workplace learning occurs informally. In contrast, only 20% of organizations’ learning budgets go toward enhancing informal learning. By Shelley A. Gable.
Thursday’s Trending e-Learning Topic: Informal Learning
MAY 21, 2014
The trending topic today is informal learning! This learning trend is a huge part of the future of e-Learning because it has tons of benefits for those who encourage it at their organizations. One of the reasons informal learning is so successful is because it provides freedom for learning—whenever there’s an opportunity.
Analyzing the ROI of Social Media in Training | Social Learning Blog
MAY 2, 2011
will increasingly have a role in all facets of modern business, and particularly modern business learning. If you’re not using Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, wikis, etc., Blog this! When Im not busy helping to change the face of corporate learning, I like to train with the Dashe & Thomson company bike team, travel and read. Download the whitepaper » Blog this! And [.]
Open Learning Network vs Informal Learning Environment
SEPTEMBER 21, 2010
In the comments section of my previous post, Mike Caulfield kindly pointed me to the article Envisioning the Post-LMS Era: The Open Learning Network by Jonathan Mott. I was immediately interested because, like me, Mott is striving to bridge the gap between the organisation’s LMS and the learner’s PLE. Mott’s blueprint is the Open Learning Network (OLN). Amen to that.
Blogs I follow religiously
DECEMBER 28, 2012
Dawn of Learning. Social Media for Working & Learning. Informal Learning Just Jay Working SmarterAdaptive Path. Andy McAfee. Charles Jennings. Clark Quinn. Dan Pontefract. Dave Gray. Dave Snowden. David Gurteen. David Weinberger. Dion Hinchcliffe. Doc Searls. Donald Clark Plan B. Eide Neurolearning. Ellen Wagner. Euen Semple. George Siemens. Harold Jarche. Jane Hart.
Some Posts About Web 2.0 and Informal Learning
OCTOBER 19, 2009
Extends Class Informal Learning: Structuring a Blog Some informal learning resources Wiki or a Blog? Creating a Vibrant Learning Community Embracing Informal Learning (Whitepaper) __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide. Here are some posts about the various uses of Web 2.0 in corporate settings. Web 2.0 and SharePoint Pedia Palooza A Pharmaceutical Leveraging Web 2.0 --In a Big Way The Right Place to Find Help: ASTD's Big Question Tear Down the Walls: Web 2.0
How to Harness Informal Learning
SEPTEMBER 30, 2010
Informal learning, like the scenario above, takes place constantly in most organisations. It is estimated that probably as much of 80% of learning within an organisation is informal, with formal training constituting the other 20%. What is informal learning? How can informal learning be harnessed? Ning network), using wikis and blogs.
The key to informal learning is autonomy
APRIL 27, 2012
Jay Cross, the author of the 2007 seminal book, Informal Learning, Rediscovering the Natural Pathways that Inspire Innovation and Performance , recently wrote a blog post in which he explained that although there has been a lot of talk about “informal learning” in the last five years, there has been very little action. Social learning
Class is over; now what? Informal learning in the workplace
FEBRUARY 26, 2015
When you’re designing learning, don’t overlook the importance of informal learning. This is learning that takes place outside of the classroom or the eLearning activity. In fact, we typically learn more from informal learning than from formal learning experiences. Here are a few ideas for encouraging informal learning in the workplace.
Impact of informal learning: output learning #LCBQ
Challenge to Learn
MARCH 3, 2011
The question of the month #LCBQ is: How do you assess whether your informal learning, social learning, continuous learning and performance support initiatives have the desired impact or if they achieve the desired results? All these terms have one common denominator; they all are non-formal learning activities and processes. The what: Output learning.
Demystifying how we learn at the Workplace: Creating pathways for impactful learning
MARCH 23, 2014
Not only training managers, but employees themselves are fast realizing this and are open to the concept of ‘perennial learning’ in the workplace. There are many learning practices that are prevalent in the modern workplace and each one comes with its associated ‘knowledge behavior’. Instructor and peer interactions are the greatest strength of this type of learning.
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Jay Cross's Informal Learning
FEBRUARY 24, 2011
I started this blog when Informal Learning was released, November 10, 2006. The informal learning meme has gone mainstream. I am gratified. Informal learning is more important than ever. Informal learning is part of the mix, but so are social business, brain science, systems thinking, and a bunch of other things. Informal Learning
Invisibilizing Workplace Learning
FEBRUARY 5, 2015
Many learning executives are concerned about visibility. They Many seek appreciation and recognition for the learning enterprise, their learning enterprise. measure the learning enterprise against the metrics that matter most to the organization and leaders. Perhaps it would help if learning leaders marketed more aggressively? I don’t think that’s it.
Top 7 Custom eLearning Articles on our Blog in 2013
NOVEMBER 25, 2013
Regular readers know we strive to make this blog a hub for corporate learning professionals. Our goal is to educate and inform, and to that end we invest considerable time creating and researching content that the learning and development community will find useful. We simply had too much content for one blog! hope you find one or more of these articles helpful.
Insights: L&D is playing a key role in supporting informal learning
Clive on Learning
NOVEMBER 15, 2012
This post continues my commentary to the Learning Insights 2012 Report produced by Kineo for e.learning age magazine. The second of the ten 'insights' in the report is that ‘L&D is playing a key role in supporting informal learning'. Informal learning is a broad term, covering everything from on-job instruction and coaching, through to the use of performance support materials, collaborative and experiential learning; anything, in fact, that doesn't come bundled up as a full-blown course. If this really is a trend, then it's a very important one.