Doctoring the Informal Learning Environment

E-Learning Provocateur

She authors the blog Wishful thinking in medical education , which she uses to advance thinking about the training of student doctors. They generally have a haphazard learning experience. But placements are very rich environments with many unique opportunities to learn.

Is Informal Learning The Same As Social Learning?

Upside Learning

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. Marcia Conner, author of The […]. 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.

The key to informal learning is autonomy

Jane Hart

He writes: “I thought I had made a sound business case for investing more in informal learning, but few organizations changed their ways. They acted as if the natural way of informal learning didn’t exist. Social learning

Informal Learning – the other 80%

Jay Cross

The start-up stiffed me but the paper morphed into the Informal Learning book. I’ll be leading a series of master classes on informal learning and working smarter in Europe. Informal Learning – the other 80%. Learning is social.

Unbooks, Informal Learning, and Collaboration: The Age of Questions

ID Reflections

In an earlier post, The Meaning is the Message , I quoted from Stephen Downes' presentation: Knowledge has many authors , knowledge has many facets, it looks different to each different person, and it changes moment to moment. Unbooks make room for readers as well as authors.

Formal Training Vs. Informal Learning: Which Makes More Sense?


There’s been a great deal of discussion over the last few years related to informal learning. Today, just about any training magazine, website, or conference probably devotes significant time to talking about informal learning.

Informal learning and Stoos management in four slides (Netflix)

Jay Cross

I’m writing the sequel to Informal Learning. The author is the CEO and Co-founder of Netflix. Informal Learning Unmanagement Working Smarter informal learning informl jaycross netflix

Formal vs. Informal Learning: Gathering My Thoughts Post Learnchat Session Today

ID Reflections

Preamble Today's #learnchat question revolved around formal and informal learning. The initial part of the session was spent on trying to pin down the meanings—denotation as well as connotation—of formal and informal. No course-end certification as learning does not end 5.

Informal Learning Does Not Have to Be Formal


One of the biggest problems with social learning is that it is an informal type of learning and organizations can’t help but to try to formalize it in any way possible. Tailor-made for Informal Learning.

A Case For Informal Learning

CLO Magazine

Informal learning has answers to some of the most pressing educational challenges organizations face. ” These early academic experiences may have contributed to the eventual development of Bandura’s influential ideas about self-directed learning, observation and imitation. In the last decade, globalization and the rampant availability of highly interactive technologies have altered the modern definition of social learning and its practice.

Informal learning from the horse’s mouth

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Every morning, my email is littered with very basic questions about informal learning. I’ve been ranting about informal and computer-supported learning in organizations for twelve years now. I’m the Johnny Appleseed of networked, social learning.

8 Top Tips For Using Rapid eLearning Authoring Tools For eLearning Gamification


Rapid eLearning authoring tools help reduce the time and expense of your eLearning course development. In this article, I’ll share 8 top tips for using rapid eLearning authoring tools for eLearning gamification. Everything is already integrated into the eLearning authoring tool.

A Dozen Ways To Promote Informal Learning

CLO Magazine

Most learning does not happen in a classroom or online. It happens informally, between employees and peer groups. Learning management systems and learning content management systems are the centerpiece for many learning departments, but most organizations are unaware that these systems have capabilities to support informal learning. Learning leaders can support informal learning within systems, but all solutions are not rooted in technology.

Informal learning patterns

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Learnscaping describes a dozen learning patterns, e.g. processes that organizations are using to improve performance through networked informal learning. It takes virtually no time to author (to contribute online content) and few if any approval loops exist.

January 2010 Informal Learning Hotlist

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Top Informal Learning links for the first month of 2010. Open course-wars, redux… the real nastiness is elsewhere - Abject Learning , January 5, 2010. Do I Need to Know It, or Just How to Find It? - Workplace Learning Today , January 20, 2010. Michael Allen describes the future of authoring systems - Internet Time , January 5, 2010. The End of the Industrial Training Era - Informal Learning , January 2, 2010. Informal learning is like that.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Lance Dublin: Formalizing Informal Learning

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Tuesday, September 15, 2009 Lance Dublin: Formalizing Informal Learning [My notes from a webinar. Lance Dublin: Formalizing Informal Learning … &#%!? In a disconnected learning system: Need. Learning. Performance The Learning process is often disconnected from the need and the performance. Formal learning is intentional. [I

Informal Learning: An Interview With Jay Cross

The eLearning Coach

A funny thing happened while we were learning informally. A few astute people noticed it, wrote about it and brought it to the forefront of the learning arena. In fact, the buzz about informal learning seems to grow every day. Learning is adaptation.

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.

Improving Informal Learning

Big Dog, Little Dog

Harold notes the 80-20 funding ratio between formal and informal learning and Will Thalheimer questions this funding differential in the comment section. Our time is better spent with the formal part of learning. How Do We Increase the Efficiency of Informal Learning?

Free E-Learning Tutorial: Choosing a Social Media Platform for Formal and Informal Learning

Connect Thinking

I have just released episode 23 of the Connect Thinking E-Learning Academy free video and audio podcast series. This is the first of a series of three podcasts exploring social media platforms for formal and informal learning in organisations.

Is informal learning more style than substance?

Clive on Learning

After last year’s clasically contentious “This house believes that the e-learning of today is essential for the important skills of tomorrow" (90 for, 144 against), it was always going to be hard for Epic , the organisers of The E-Learning Debate, to come up with something to grab the imagination as readily, particularly now that several hundred of us have been able to experience the novelty of a debate in the Oxford Union.

Moodle: A fantastic tool for informal learning - and not just “e-learning”

Bottom-Line Performance

Along with two of my colleagues at BLP, we showed attendees OUR Moodle site - and attempted to illustrate many of the cool features Moodle provides and how Moodle facilitates informal learning and not just functions as a place to house and track e-learning. A few “highlights&# that I want to share: 1) Moodle is about creating a learning community. Those who want to use it just to track learning are missing its point.

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Informal Learning Hits Brick Walls

Vignettes Learning

I nformal Learning Hits Brick Walls There is more than one way to implement informal learning. It is better to deal with the "formal" requirements of the organization on informal learning. This is a reality for many types of enterprise programs that impacts learning, work and performance. I agree with Jay Cross and Harold Jarche that we should not box-in or put constraints on informal learning otherwise it does not flourish.

Online courses must die!

E-Learning Provocateur

There’s method in my madness… The myth of rapid authoring. The proliferation of so-called rapid authoring tools over the last few years has coincided with an explosion in the number of online courses developed in-house. Enter the Informal Learning Environment (ILE).

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The Evolution of eLearning – A Science Geeks Perspective

B Online Learning

Articulate eLearning Design eLearning Development eLearning Strategy Informal Learning Social Media adult learning principles authoring tools elearning eLearning content eLearning course design online learning rapid authoring tools storyline technologyIf you’ve had a chance to read my last blog you may have guessed that I have a general dislike for most formal education.

The informal learning plugin, on an LMS near you soon

Learning Rocks

I just read a tweet from Jay Cross that took me to a post from a representative of Blackboard, makers of the dreadful LMS, purporting to dispel "myths" about informal learning. Given that I take informal learning to be a conceptual notion of knowledge acquisition and sharing rather than a defined and fairly uncontroversial body of knowledge like, say, climate science or evolution, I was intrigued and felt I needed to know more about these "myths".

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Informal Learning -- Getting Learners to Ask the Right Questions

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Thursday, February 22, 2007 Informal Learning -- Getting Learners to Ask the Right Questions In a post on informal learning by Ray Sims (thanks to Tony ), he lists out a whole bunch o good things "to do on behalf of increasing informal learning aligned with company strategy and goals." Bob Mosher: Performance Support and Learning at th.

Investing in Informal Learning

The Learning Circuits

According to Training in America by Garnevale, Gainer, and Villet (1990), two out of three workers say that everything they need to know was learned on the job, rather than through the classrooms. The authors further go on to state that estimates of employer investments in workplace training hover around $210 billion annually. Of that, about $30 billion is spent on formal training, while the rest, $180 billion is spent on informal, or on-the-job training.

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.

Four Reasons you need structure for informal learning


But as we all know, learning is evolving. Today, we keep hearing that formal presentations are out, that it’s all about informal learning, social learning and user-generated content. Informal learning shouldn’t mean we disregard what works effectively in a formal setting.

Practical eLearning Experience for Universities

B Online Learning

One of the great aspects of our Master eLearning Course is that it brings together people from a diverse range of industries and backgrounds and many are brand new to the eLearning space.

DevLearn 2014: The dead of the corporate LMS and WYSIWYG authoring?

Challenge to Learn

One concurrent session about “Trends Leading to the End of the LMS” and one morning buzz session called “The Death of WYSIWYG Authoring?” And I believe that the LMS and WYSIWYG authoring will be among the victims. Adaptive learning.

Business Impact of Social and Informal Learning

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

On Tuesday I led a session on Business Impact of Learning in the Real World for the Learning & Skills Group in London. To implement social/informal learning infrastructure projects, learning and development professionals need to shift their focus from learning to earning.

16 Top Learning, Technology & Media Links: Weekly Digest – 17

Upside Learning

Speaking of the iPad, the growth of mobile devices has led to an increase in social and informal learning. Know how you can evaluate this new form of learning effectively. Need to quench your thirst for the latest in learning, technology and media links further?

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Informal Learning: Any Way You Want It, Any Time You Need It

CLO Magazine

Informal learning has answers to some of the most pressing educational challenges organizations face. ” These early academic experiences may have contributed to the eventual development of Bandura’s influential ideas about self-directed learning, observation and imitation. In the last decade, globalization and the rampant availability of highly interactive technologies have altered the modern definition of social learning and its practice.