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Dealing with the Challenges of Guided Informal Learning


Colleagues learning and sharing ideas. Most business managers know intuitively that we learn our jobs by doing our jobs. Many companies, who’ve recognized this fact, have started to consider how they can harness learning by doing in their training programs. Learn about one here.)

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6 Benefits of Informal Learning


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. By contrast, what is formal learning?

Favorite 2009 posts on Informal Learning Blog

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Here are the most popular posts on the Informal Learning Blog in 2009. Business Impact of Social and Informal Learning. G et Out of the Training Business , my most recent column for Chief Learning Officer, called for the abolition of corporate training departments.

Une interview de Jay Cross, l’auteur d’Informal Learning

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Jay Cross, Chief Scientist à l’ Internet Time Group, est l’auteur de Informal Learning: Rediscovering the natural pathways that inspire innovation and performance (NDT: Apprentissage informel: A la redécouverte des voies naturelles inspirant l’innovation et la performance), publié en 2006.

Top 9 Competencies of an Informal/Social Learning Designer


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. ATTITUDE: 8.

Integrating Social Learning In The Workplace


I have been writing about social learning and its related concepts – communities of practices , working out loud and skills for the networked world for quite some time now. The catch is that “social learning” cannot just be implemented or enforced. For social learning to thrive (i.e.,

7 Strategies to Facilitate “Working Out Loud”


Community members learn together, share feedback, take onus of building the domain. Talented coders and developers come together to learn, share and co-create. We all know that true learning takes place through dialogues.

How to Evaluate Learning: The Kirkpatrick Model for the 21st Century

Dashe & Thomson

Recent research by ASTD and REED Learning indicates that the top skills desired by Learning & Development departments are measuring and evaluating training. Learning: To what degree did the learners acquire the intended knowledge, skills, and attitudes as a result of the training?

Social Learning in Financial Services – Tales from the Real World

Dashe & Thomson

I sat down with Shane Raymond, Director of Training and Development at RBC Wealth Management , the US Wealth Management division of Toronto-based Royal Bank of Canada , to discuss social learning. Rob : Seems like a great opportunity for reps to share information – an internal wiki or portal.

Clive Shepherd – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators


ABOUT CLIVE SHEPHERD (Founding Director – The More Than Blended Learning Company): Clive Shepherd is a consultant learning technologist. He works with a broad range of public and private sector organisations internationally, helping them to build capability in the application of new media to learning, and to transform workplace learning through the effective integration of formal, informal, on-demand and experiential learning.

Here’s to Learning and Fun

CLO Magazine

The proverb “All work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy” could have some implications for corporate learning. But a study published in the 2017 issue of Journal of Vocational Behavior suggests adding some fun to the workplace could have an impact on informal learning.

Price of Real Learning going from $2.99 to $6.99

Jay Cross

The price of the pdf version of Real Learning will increase from $2.99 Buy Real Learning here. Learn from experience without 
instructors or classrooms. 
. Learn faster and remember more. Embrace openness and learn out loud. Learn to be the person you aspire to be.

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The 70:20:10 Model – Today, Tomorrow & Beyond


ABOUT CHARLES JENNINGS (Managing Director, Duntroon Associates): Charles Jennings is a leading thinker, practitioner and consultant in the areas of performance improvement, change management, and learning. From 2002 until the end of 2008, Charles was the Chief Learning Officer for Reuters and Thomson Reuters where he had responsibility for developing the global learning and performance strategy and leading the learning organisation for the firm’s 55,000 workforce.

Agile, Lego and Training: The common factors.

ID Reflections

What does Agile have to do with Informal Learning and Instructional Design? Agile means the willingness to be in a perpetual state of Beta, accepting that there is no closure, can be no closure with information, requirements, needs, business opportunities changing at lightning speed.

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Origins of “eLearning”

Jay Cross

The meme of learning was replacing training. Learning is whatever gets past their personal firewalls (AKA skulls) and lodges in the brain. I can learn something; you can’t learn me something. e + learning.

Anti Social Learning: Why We Don’t Learn from Others


It begs the question, why are people so slow to learn from others? Why is it so hard for football to learn from tennis? Why is it so hard for a cable company to learn from a shoe retailer? GE makes extensive efforts to get jet engine makers to learn from the toaster business.

Ivan Illich and me

Jay Cross

Forty years ago, Illich wrote about the need for learning networks, peer-to-peer webs, and learning objects. The same people, paradoxically, when pressed to specify how they acquired what they know and value, will readily admit that they learned it more often outside than inside school.

Storytelling LMS Presentation

Experiencing eLearning

Often when we talk about storytelling in learning, it’s related to e-learning. They currently do very little e-learning, although they hope to expand their offerings in the future for both internal and external learners. The organization has experienced some resistance to implementing a new LMS, so one of my goals was to shift their attitudes. One quick note: I know it’s popular to bash LMSs, and I would never argue that LMSs can fix every learning problem.

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Dust-up at Training Zone

Jay Cross

Jay Cross, the man who coined the term ‘elearning’, believes the web is revolutionising the way we learn. Not through the kind of elearning of the 1990s but via the explosion of online communities which effectively democratise the way we learn. Cross believes the era of traditional course-led training is coming to an end and that informal, social learning is the way forward. Mike Levy interviews the guru of new learning approaches.

Continuous Workplace Learning

The Performance Improvement Blog

I might quibble with Jane Hart’s assertion that continuous learning is a new role for learning and development professionals. Workers don’t need a course schedule ; they need to continually acquire new knowledge, new skills, and new attitudes.

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Let's improve our learning language as learning professionals

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

If the Sami eskimos have 180 words for snow - how come we as learning professionals have only one word for learning? OK, we have learning and development (L&D) so we have two words. I think we are way too sloppy in talking about learning.

Design Thinking Culture Change in IBM

The Performance Improvement Blog

The need for creating and sustaining a learning culture in organizations is critical given the rise of digital technology, the rapid pace of change, the complexities of globalization, and the growing development demands of a diverse workforce.

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Successfully using storytelling in the modern organization


The fact that people in formal leading functions feel so entitled is probably why informal leaders are a lot more efficient in getting their message across. Read more: The truth about informal learning: it happens all the time, anywhere. Some have this gift naturally, some learn it through training and practice but regardless of how it is acquired it is an essential part of successful narrating. Using stories in corporate work and learning.

Megatrends in MOOCs: #6 More Social, More Collaborative

Your Training Edge

But social media platforms are just technologies that have enabled a more fundamental transformation, and not just in business: today communication, collaboration, and social interaction take center stage in our lives, in our work, and in our learning.

Trust--The Cornerstone of Collaboration

ID Reflections

In relation to this topic the phrase 'compassionate attitude' sprung to mind; these are the words of the Dalai Lama some six hours ago. "If A compassionate attitude helps to create the environment where trust can be nurtured.

21st Century L&D Skills

Performance Learning Productivity

I was recently involved in a discussion about 21st Century learning skills in one of the LinkedIn Groups. That being the case, it’s probably worthwhile reflecting on the changes that have impacted our training/learning departments over the past 10 years.

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Origin Learning

Learning” by itself is a more personal endeavor towards gaining the required knowledge. learning, based on the demands of the land. The attitude now is to verify facts, think, observe and reach conclusions after discussions.

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What is Social Learning (And How to Adopt it)


Social learning can help today’s organizations keep up with the pace at which their business moves. More and more, organizations are turning to social learning to deliver exciting e-learning experiences to their employees, customers and partners. What is Social Learning?

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Instructional Design in the VUCA World

ID Reflections

In my last post, I took a macro-view of the changing landscape of work and learning. The roles need to be revisited and explored keeping in mind the shifting paradigms, their impact on workplace learning, and the place of L&D in the organization.

Using an eWorkshop to initiate or enrich a community

The eLearning Nomad

One of our new clients, a small NGO with a wide network of local partners in Africa and Latin America is building an e-learning program from scratch. Helping their partners to make a difference involves deep learning – together. These spaces have never really taken off, yet whenever there is a face-to-face get-together there is great enthusiasm for learning from each other and a call to continue remotely through a community of practice (CoP).

5 Big Ideas for Learning Professionals in 2017

eLearning Alchemy

The gig economy is gobbling up learning work at a rapid pace. Share your work so others can learn from it. Don’t let a slick sales pitch convince you all your learning problems will be solved. Creating great learning is hard work. Make sure you apply your learning.

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The Workforce Development Strategy Tips to Make Your Staff Stand Out!


59% of Millennials , 44% of Gen Xers and 41% of baby boomers say opportunities to learn and grow are extremely important to them when applying for a job. Changes to culture, changes to attitudes, and changes to people’s potential to influence your business success in the future.

Role of Gamification in Transforming e-Learning

MagicBox Blog

Since gamification has seen huge success in the general marketplace, redefining expectations in the learning sphere, it is important for us to consider this emerging technology’s impact on education. With EdTech becoming a reality day-by-day, the K-12 education sector has adopted gamification, wherein gamified learning environments are created to enhance learner engagement and improve learning outcomes. How has gamification changed the way students learn?

The differences between learning in an e-business and learning in a social business

Jane Hart

In my recent webinar I shared a slide that showed the 5 stages of workplace learning. This has attracted a lot of interest, and I’ve been asked to talk more about the differences between “learning” in Stages 1-4 and Stage 5. LEARNING IN AN E-BUSINESS. E-Learning. Learning.