The Importance of Informal Learning at the Workplace

Origin Learning

Earlier blog posts have stressed on how workplace learning has evolved over the years and L&D managers are re-inventing the wheel to meet the demands of the ‘millennial audience’. Understanding Informal Learning? Let’s take a simple example, you are learning to drive a car.

Leveraging Informal Learning Methods

LearnDash

Learning can take many forms. Most of us are familiar with, and can clearly define, what constitutes a formal learning engagement. Be it in a classroom or corporate boardroom, a formal learning event is pretty easy to recognize. But what about informal learning?

Formal Learning vs. Informal Learning

Learningtogo

Workers learn more in the coffee room than in the classroom.” – Jay Cross. While studies vary on the exact percentage, most learning in today’s workplace is informal. What is informal learning? How can you design something that is informal?

Informal Learning on Google Books FREE

Jay Cross

Informal Learning is available via Google Books. Informal Learning Just Jay Read a couple of chapters for free.

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 About Accessibility

Experiencing eLearning

Two weeks ago, I posted a poll that asked How Do You Learn About Accessibility? It does seem like there isn’t much formal learning about accessibility happening though; most of the responses were for various kinds of informal learning. No one responded through the poll that they learned about accessibility from a course, such as part of a masters program (although one person did mention academic course work in the comments). Books: 12%.

Guided Informal Learning for Sales Teams

Pract.us

Sales reps learn best on the job with support and accountability. How do you translate what they learn in books and classes to the field? A bottom-up approach to training called Guided Informal Learning may help you find the answer. What is Guided Informal Learning?

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Social Learning Has Its Place…And Informal Learning Does Too.

Dashe & Thomson

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).

Time for a New Look at Learning: Or What I Learned from Reading “Informal Learning at Work”

Pract.us

Your team learns informally all the time. You can support those efforts for more learning bang for your buck. With a shift in your views about what learning is, you can still build a powerful learning organization and demonstrate the value to executives at the same time.

Smart Companies Support Informal Learning

eFront

“It’s critical that training and development professionals not go overboard with command and control when they support informal learning. How can we define informal learning? Workers rely most on informal learning. Learning informal 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.

Informal Learning Center

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

People acquire the skills they use at work informally — talking, observing others, trial-and-error, and simply working with people in the know. Formal training and workshops account for only 5% to 20% of what people learn from experience and interactions. What is Informal Learning?

Learn Informal Learning Informally

Jay Cross

Next month I’ll be offering an experiential workshop on Informal Learning through Jane Hart’s Social Learning Center. Hands-on experiential learning. You learn by doing. find out how to integrate learning into workflow. Informal Learning Just Ja

eLearning as Part of an Informal Learning Strategy

Integrated Learnings

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. Integrated Learning Services, Inc.

8 Best practices to facilitate informal learning

Matrix

Children learn most from their parents, siblings and care takers because that is the natural way. Without ruling out traditional L&D practices, informal learning should find its way into today’s workplace. 8 practices to facilitate informal learning.

Controversy over Informal Learning

Jay Cross

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?

How to support informal learning

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Cross is a champion of informal learning, Web 2.0, He has challenged conventional wisdom about how adults learn since designing the first business degree program offered by the University of Phoenix three decades ago. They are currently refining informal/web 2.0 Interview.

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

ID Reflections

Today, while reading Working Smarter by Jay Cross, I came across the reference to " unbooks ", books that are in a permanent state of Beta. The definition of "unbooks" is similar to that of Informal Learning. Informal learning is never finished.

Informal Learning: Tools for Informal Learning

Kapp Notes

Here is a whitepaper I wrote about informal learning. It explains some thoughts I have about informal learning as it relates to wikis, blogs, IM and RSS. You can read it here. __ Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide

Challenge: Make Informal Learning Visible & Valuable

Fort Hill Company

At the 2016 Association for Talent Development (ATD) International Conference and Expo (ICE) in Denver, Kathy Granger and I presented a session titled, Learning Anytime, Anywhere: How to Activate Informal Learning at Work. Informal and social learning are valuable and the source of most innovation and performance improvement in organizations. There are recent advances in how informal and social learning can be activated and made visible and intentional.

Informal Learning and Learnscapes

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Working Smarter: The “unbook&# that shows why informal learning must be part of everyone’s future learnscapes. I finished reading the book last week and have been meaning to summarize my learning from it. I have added my experience of the book below….

eLearning Cyclops: Informal learning. Maybe I Can Informally.

eLearning Cyclops

Informal learning. Maybe I Can Informally Assess Its Impact #LCBQ. This months Big Question at Learning Circuits is regarding assessing the impact of informal learning. Or more specifically: How do you assess whether your informal learning, social learning, continuous learning, performance support initiatives have the desired impact or achieve the desired results? I am employed as an e-Learning Designer in Baltimore, MD.

Jay’s Informal Learning Super Deck

Jay Cross

This deck is my starting point when I’m asked to do a presentation about informal learning. about informal learning than you did on the way in. Barbara Frederickson’s great book, Positivity , describes tools to help you experiment with mindful awareness while carrying out your day. #1 Informal Learning informal informal learning informl

Survey on Extreme or Informal Learning

Jay Cross

From my pal Curt Bonk at Indiana University: My research team and I from the Instructional Systems Technology Department at Indiana University are conducting a study titled, “Collecting Stories of Extreme or Informal Learning.” Where do you go to learn things?

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Review my new informal learning book for free

Jay Cross

140 pages. Fresh as of today. Just Jay

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

10 Informal Learning Activities to Boost Employee Engagement

KnowledgeAnywhere

When we think of a learning environment, we most often think of a classroom. You might be able to guess some of the formal learning characteristics since you’ve experienced them all in the classroom: A teacher offers the information to the student(s). Specific objectives tell the student what they need to learn by the end of the formal learning course. An exam (or another method) assesses what the student has learned. Book Club.

Informal Learning Revisited

Jay Cross

Six years ago I wrote Informal Learning, Rediscovering the Natural Pathways that Inspire Innovation and Performance. The book came out before iPhones and iPads. This is the first in a series of posts about what informal learning is and how to put it into practice. Synopsis of Informal Learning. The book made the case that most learning about how to do a job is informal. What is learning? Formal and informal learning.

How (and Why) You Should Promote Informal Learning with Trainees (and the Boss)

Mindflash

Do they learn more about their job from formal training (classroom, online, etc.) or do they learn more informally (from peers, managers, etc.)? In the past many companies viewed informal learning as a negative reflection on their formal training programs.

Remembering Jay Cross and His Work

Experiencing eLearning

He was the guru of informal learning who pushed us to think outside of the traditional model of formal courses and training. He may not actually have been the one to coin the term “e-learning,” but he certainly shaped and led the field. Formal and Informal Learning.

Informal Learning and Black Swans

Sticky Learning

I like to challenge how I think about things, books and blogs are a couple of ways I get new ideas to think about. Well this has been all well and good however (and I can't entirely blame the book here) I read a book in May/June that got me thinking so much I haven't blogged since.

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.

How the Military Informs Learning

CLO Magazine

In his new book, “Courage to Execute,” Afterburner Inc. His book, “Courage to Execute,” details the methods elite military units use and how they can help business leaders achieve goals, develop teams and improve performance. In the book you write that “complexity is the mortal enemy of good execution, and our world is nothing if not increasingly complex.” Murphy: One of the things we learn in the military is that simplicity combats complexity.

Informal Learning: Structuring a Blog

Kapp Notes

There is an interest question on the Learning Circuits blog that asks whether or not it is appropriate to write a book about informal learning. The argument goes "if informal learning is so important, why use a formal structure, like a book, to describe its value?" Just because learning is intended to be used in an informal manner that doesn't mean that it needs to be unstructured or without form.

E-Learning Provocateur: Volume 3

E-Learning Provocateur

My E-Learning Provocateur: Volume 3 is now available. As in the earlier volumes, my intent is to provoke deeper thinking across a range of e‑learning related themes in the workplace, including: • Mobile learning. • Informal learning. Hooray!