Is Informal Learning The Same As Social Learning?
SEPTEMBER 16, 2014
Very often I find that informal and social learning are grouped together. Social Learning Social Learning is participating with others to make sense of new ideas. Social Learning Informal Learning Sure there are some overlaps between the two, but they are not necessarily one and the same. Let's start by looking at their definitions. Marcia Conner, author of The […].
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 [.]
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). Jane claims that “Social Learning has come to refer exclusively to the use of social media in top-down, formal learning.” But social media does not define social 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 [.] Evaluation Informal Learning
The Neuroscience of Social Learning
MARCH 24, 2016
We spend a lot of time talking about how social learning is one of the keys to an effective, engaging training strategy. We often bombard you with stats proving that social learning works , but let’s delve a little deeper into the reasons why it works. Social needs. That’s why creating social connections in learning can have such an impact.
Encourage Informal Learning with an LMS
APRIL 19, 2016
How did you learn the colloquialisms of the region in which you live? Did you take a structured, formal class, or did you learn the terms by hearing the language of others? 100 bucks says you learned to speak colloquially by hearing the speech of your family and friends and following suit. This method of learning is called informal learning. Jeffrey A.
7 Reasons Social Media Boosts Social Learning
FEBRUARY 2, 2016
There are good reasons why companies should use Facebook as a means of promoting social learning. Too many business owners don’t take advantage of this free social media network out of fear that employees will abuse their social media privileges. As a result, entire companies miss out on all of Facebook’s social learning benefits. Jeffrey A. topyx.com.
Why We Love Social Learning (And You Should, Too!)
FEBRUARY 14, 2017
We love social learning – it’s as simple as that. If not, you may benefit from discovering more about the nature and function of the incredible thing called social learning. Once you grasp the breadth of advantages specific to social learning, you’ll sing its praises as loudly as we do. Why We Love Social Learning (And You Should, Too!).
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.
Social Learning Cannot Be A Bolt-On Strategy
MAY 18, 2015
I recently wrote about the challenges of integrating social learning in the workplace. Even as I was mulling over the topic and browsing through Dion Hinchcliffe’s posts for insights on social business, I had a moment of epiphany. Social Learning and social business go hand in hand. …for a ‘learning organization it is not enough to survive.
Top 9 Competencies of an Informal/Social Learning Designer
MARCH 15, 2014
It is exciting to be part of the learning revolution happening around us, with new learning paradigms and technologies emerging on a daily basis. Thanks to the inherent quality of learning designers, we find it easy to adapt to most of these changes. However, some of the shifts may require us to move beyond the traditional definitions of ‘learning’. SKILLS: 6.
The role of instructional designer in social/informal learning
Spark Your Interest
DECEMBER 3, 2015
One of the quandaries that instructional designers have been struggling with, is their role (if any) in informal or social learning. First of all, what exactly is informal and social learning? Informal – no set objective in terms of learning outcomes and is never intentional from the learner’s standpoint. link]. What do you think?
Informal Learning Research Report
AUGUST 13, 2014
Inthis new E-Learning Guild Survey Research Report,Informal Learning Takes Off, Iexamine the results of a survey about informal learning in the workplace. The results show that there are nowmany interpretations of the term informal learning – from non-traditional approaches to training to autonomous, unplanned individual and team learning.
Social Learning In The Workplace
JULY 11, 2016
An effective learning program takes commitment, both financially and with regards to time. If an organization doesn’t have the financial means (or the time) to create a learning program then what alternatives do they have? Instead of implementing a traditional elearning and training program companies can opt to invest in social learning programs. Social learning is a rather loose term but in general it refers to to people learning from one another as they work together towards a common goal. social learning
How Social Learning is Powering Up Today’s Workplaces
MARCH 22, 2015
“ Learning would be exceedingly laborious, not to mention hazardous, if people had to rely solely on the effects of their own actions to inform them what to do. ” – Albert Bandura (Originator of Social Learning Theory). “ We also have been “learning-out-loud” and “working-out-loud”, thereby trying our best to practice this form of learning.
21 Brilliant Resources for Up-skilling Learning Designers (for the Informal & Social Learning Age)
MAY 29, 2014
THE QUOTE: “ Instructional designers need to run, not walk, away from classroom-thinking and get to the point of providing short, quick business focused learning points that are easily accessible when and where our learners need them. THE JOURNEY: We, like many out there, are of the view that, though most learning designers possess good levels of skills around the traditional training (formal learning) area, their skill levels fall short around the informal or social learning areas. Many Senior Executives like to talk the social media talk.
The Social Learning Revolution in eLearning
MAY 16, 2016
The boom in social media and the round-the-clock need to connect in communities is doing wonders for the eLearning industry. Social learning is an age-old learning and teaching strategy, backed by many cognitive scientists. In this post, we uncover some social eLearning strategies that will help harness better engagement and involvement for your learners.
Can Bill Gates Lead the Informal Learning Revolution?
MAY 31, 2011
A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to hear Julie Dirksen , an instructional designer from Minneapolis, give a presentation on the use of games in learning. leveling (the strategic increase in difficulty over a period of time) and other psychological techniques and I left wanting to learn more. As a member of the adult learning community, however, it was Gates’ $2.5
New Social Learning White Paper
JUNE 14, 2016
So you’ve heard that informal learning accounts for 90% of workplace learning – now what? Never fear, because the answers you seek can be found in our brand new social learning white paper – Social is Super: How Online Learning Can Embrace the 70:20:10 Model. Among other things, you’ll find out about: Why you need an informal learning strategy.
Strengthening Social Learning In the Workplace
SEPTEMBER 13, 2011
The training industry has seen plenty of debate around whether or not organizations can and should take steps to strengthen social learning. Everyone agrees that social learning is very important and that somewhere between 70% and 80% of all learning is done socially and/or informally. Does it really stifle learning? I just don’t buy it.
Why you should start measuring informal learning today
DECEMBER 8, 2015
That most organizations simply don’t have a mechanism in place for measuring the ROI of informal and social learning in the workplace is more than just a matter of being “behind the times.”. It’s that some teams are missing a critical opportunity to harness all the invaluable knowledge hidden just below the surface — and just out of reach of many learning strategies. But when it comes to executing a learning strategy, many companies are still looking at their learning strategies upside-down. Who do people most often turn to for information?
Meet Your Employees’ Social Learning Needs with an LMS
SEPTEMBER 15, 2015
Human beings are social creatures. Whether introverted or extroverted in personality, people have a strong need for social interactions and meaningful relationships. In addition to being social, we are also highly adaptable and have an impressive ability to quickly adopt new behaviors. This is the social nature of our existence. You guessed it: observational training.
Using Social Media to Drive Social Learning
ATD Learning Technologies
JANUARY 14, 2016
The ATD and i4cp study Instructional Design Now: A New Age of Learning and Beyond reported in early 2015 that social learning was in use by fewer than three in 10 organizations. However, another 46 percent of surveyed talent development professionals said they were considering social learning for future use or had it in development, suggesting significant anticipated growth.
Everyone’s a natural at social learning
AUGUST 11, 2015
If you don’t ask Google, you ask your friends, family or colleagues when you need to learn to do something new. And that’s social learning. Learning begins when you need to solve a problem. For example, I recently wanted to learn to code the new Adapt responsive elearning software. The trouble with Social learning is it’s rather opaque. “How do I…?”
How Can Social Learning Spice Up Your Existing Learning Strategy?
JULY 11, 2016
In this article, I will touch upon what social learning is and the reasons why you should adopt it. I will also outline how exactly you can use it to enhance your existing learning strategy and the business gains that will accrue as a result. How To Use Social Learning To Enhance Your Existing Learning Strategy. What Ιs Social Learning?
Top Social Learning LMS Features
JANUARY 27, 2016
In 2016, most people are accustomed to social media and the conventions associated with profiles, friends, posts, liking and sharing. But how are these new social business behaviors influencing social learning features of today’s learning management systems (LMS)? Here is what we found: What’s Going on with the Social Learning LMS?
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. Network socially with Socialcast, Buddypress, GoToMeeting, Google+. You learn by doing. find out how to integrate learning into workflow. Two books and the Informal Learning poster.
Learning is Everybody’s Business
MAY 23, 2014
Facebook 1 Twitter 3 Google+ 2 LinkedIn 5 Pinterest 0 In our previous blog , we articulated how a judicious mix of instructor-led and online learning strategies will make your organization conducive for learning. In this section, we focus on how learning has pervaded every sphere of life in a manner that is informal and social. Learning is Everybody Business.
14 Incredible Informal & Social Learning Quotes
JUNE 13, 2014
THE QUOTE: “ Informal learning is enhanced when humans participate in interactive experiences.” – Allen (2004; Birchfield et al. THE JOURNEY: We believe in the amazing power of informal and social learning, and are excited about the potential these learning approaches offer for ensuring effective workplace learning and performance support. We have also been constantly sharing our findings and learnings on these with the learning community through our blog posts. 2008). The industry and our clients move slowly. From Our Blog Posts.
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? Employers are not interested in learning, they’re interested in performance.
Evaluating Social Learning
JULY 6, 2011
There are people looking at applying the Kirkpatrick model, there are people measuring the use of social learning tools, and there are people talking about something similar to Brinkerhoff’s Success Case Method. and his take on using Kirkpatrick’s four levels to create and evaluate social learning. Learning – What must they learn to be able to perform?
Why “70:20:10” Is Not Enough
FEBRUARY 11, 2016
Learning demands placed on workers have exceed workers’ capacity to meet them. Our shared experience (things gleaned from others, informal learning we do via social networks, interactions with peers, etc.). Our individual experience (things we learn by doing). Learning takes time, whether we do it informally or formally. The Elephant in the Room.
Defining Social Learning
OCTOBER 4, 2012
Two years after we published The New Social Learning , I still hear people say “there is no definition” or worse yet, defining it in truly silly ways. A post with a slide of my definition is consistently one of the most popular posts on this site so I thought people might appreciate more on how I define the terms and what social learning is not. —-.
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