21 Kinds of Informal Learning at Work [Video]

Pract.us

But most of learning we do at work occurs informally, through interactions and experiences while we’re doing our jobs. Think about your day and everything you’ve learned so far. This video offers 21 different kinds of informal learning that we engage in every day. Take a look and see how much crucial learning you do outside the classroom. Experimentation is one of the best ways to learn. Apprentices learn as they work.

The key to informal learning is autonomy

Jane Hart

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. They acted as if the natural way of informal learning didn’t exist. Social learning

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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%. This paper addresses how organizations, particularly business organizations, can get more done. Employees and partners with more capacity to learn are more versatile in adapting to future conditions. Learning is social.

Informal Learning For Startups: Preparing For Internal Social Collaboration

QuoDeck

Classroom teaching has been debunked for newer forms of learning and engagement across organizations. Interestingly, startups seem to be the ones driving companies towards such learning. The Use Of Informal Learning For Startups. Working in any organization involves learning, and at different levels. The most common approach is a presentation and exemplifying, followed by learning and then repetition. 3 Steps To Develop An Informal Learning Strategy.

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. When economic or business circumstances cause companies to tighten their belts, the first item on the chopping block is often training and development. 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. So What is Informal Learning?

Now What? Beyond Networks

Experiencing eLearning

These are my notes from the Learn Trends: Networked and Social Learning online mini-conference. Beyond Networks. Benefits of personal network (brainstorm from the group). “Network analysis is a starting point for change.&#. But is that really a realistic goal for average people–to have a network big enough to answer all questions? Dag: Which movie to see -> your network; When does the movie start -> google.

Measurement & ROI for Social & Network Learning

Experiencing eLearning

These are my notes from the Learn Trends: Networked and Social Learning online mini-conference. Measurement & ROI for Social & Network Learning. How are you measuring social learning? Reasons to measure learning: Prove benefits. Support learning. Traditionally, we focus only on the training intervention & formal learning. Social & network learning really falls into the OTJ learning, not formal.

MOOCs: Building Personal Learning Networks

Your Training Edge

For the past year or so, massive open online courses (MOOCs) have been busy upending all kinds of assumptions about education: content is king, quality education is expensive, and instructor-led training is the gold standard, to name just a few. One major change that MOOCs have greatly contributed to is the gaining recognition of learning as a primarily social activity, where the networks created are just as important (if not more important) as the content learned.

4 Steps to Measure the ROI of Informal Learning

Allego

Reps often incorporate the information into their daily behavior, but rarely document or share these informal talks. The Importance of Informal Learning for Agile Sales Readiness. Informal learning is why your salespeople love getting together. It’s about salespeople spending time together so they can learn. This is informal learning. You might change processes or even create tools that improve your ability to grow your business.

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Becoming a Social Business – Beyond Culture Change

Learnnovators

Over the past few years, the need to become a social business and to promote enterprise-wide collaboration have taken hold in many organizations. The business model and operating principles in today’s organizations hinge on “making” profit through the deft use of limited resources in an organized manner. The military metaphor dominates the world of business – right from “staff”, “line”, “chain of command”, to “ war for talent”, “ competitive strategy”, and “line of fire ”.

Class is over; now what? Informal learning in the workplace

Obsidian Learning

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. How can you make learning continue to be effective after the learner closes the browser window or leaves the classroom? Build a Learning Culture.

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? QUESTION: How can you measure what people learn? QUESTION: How can we assess the ROI of informal learning? But hold it, how to you assess the ROI of formal learning? Can informal learning do any worse?

Lance Dublin: Formalizing Informal Learning

Learning Visions

Lance Dublin: Formalizing Informal Learning ….&#%!? Presented by Training Magazine Network Diagram of the learning process: Input: you can get input in lots of ways Organize Apply Evaluate (in a wheel – each of these is a subprocess) Looking first at 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 2.0

Jay Cross

Published in Chief Learning Officer, August 2009. Informal Learning 2.0. In the world of business, the era of networks is crowding out the Industrial Age. Network connections are replacing rigidity with flexibility, penetrating internal boundaries and silos and obliterating the walls that have separated businesses from their customers. Networks also speed things up, often at a terrifying rate, making the corporate world unpredictable.

Informal Learning Technology

Tony Karrer

There's a fantastic post by Stephen Downes - New Technology Supporting Informal Learning. In his post, he really is looking primarily at the University of Manitoba's Connectivism Course that he designed and delivered with George Siemens to 2200 students in Fall 2008 and you can tell that he's busy thinking about the technology behind the Fall 2009 course. There's a lot to learn from that experience. I'd be curious to hear thoughts on that kind of learning experience.

Organizational Network Analysis: Impact of Proximity on Collaboration

ID Reflections

Where I work, the e-learning team occupies 4 large rows with instructional designers, graphic designers, programmers, technicians, project managers spread out and rubbing shoulders in happy abandon. A few weeks back, there was talk of moving a part of the e-learning team working on a specific project to a different building altogether. This information disturbed me deeply, and I raised this concern with the manager and a few other members as well.

Informal Learning Blog » Networking

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

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.” ” This study explores how people learn (and teach) with technology in unique and nontraditional ways. I’m finishing up my next book, Informal Learning in Business. Where do you go to learn things?

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Slack Vs. Hipchat: Which Works Best for Informal Learning?

eLearningMind

Both are methods for informal communication. Both make learning from colleagues easier than ever. But they might not be right for every business. Find out why informal learning and person-to-person communication is such a vital part of ELM culture. With informal methods, learners can ask the right question at the right time–no waiting. The post Slack Vs. Hipchat: Which Works Best for Informal Learning?

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

Learning is Everybody’s Business

Origin Learning

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. Basically, learning per se has become a social cognitive process. So much that learning and working have become inter-changeable terms.

February Informal Learning Hotlist

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Best of Informal Learning Flow. Shifting Identities – From Consumer to Networked Creator - Edge Perspectives with John Hagel , February 12, 2010. Exploring Why Social Business Will Drive 21st Century Enterprises - Dion Hinchcliffe’s Web 2.0 Informal learning from the horse’s mouth - Informal Learning , February 3, 2010. Excellent Technical Resource for Mobile Learning - Workplace Learning Today , February 9, 2010.

Re-imagining Work & Learning in a Networked World

ID Reflections

I thought I''d do the same from an L&D and workplace learning perspective. The former identifies shifts in specific areas that will and already are having a far-reaching impact on the way we work, learn, communicate, and engage with the environment and society. This has wide-ranging implication on learning and the future of work. Will we still continue to speak about learning as an activity to be undertaken in order to be effective at work?

The Power of Your Network | Social Learning Blog

Dashe & Thomson

Social Learning Blog Training and Performance Improvement in the Real World Home About Bios Subscribe to RSS The Power of Your Network by Michael on February 9, 2011 in customer service , marketing , sales , social learning Whether it is building our LinkedIn Contacts or Followers on Twitter, gathering Friends on Facebook or Yammering with our fellow work teams, the buzz of “networking” is always present. Why is networking so important anyway?

Business applications of Twitter

E-Learning Provocateur

I had the privilege of facilitating one of the breakout sessions, which focused on the business applications of Twitter. Some of the ideas specifically relate to e-learning, while others may fall more comfortably into other portfolios. In a nutshell, I see the business applications of Twitter falling into three main categories: 1. So maybe Twitter provides your business with an opportunity to engage with a different demographic of customer.

Building Informal Learning Habits

CLO Magazine

Short but disciplined upfront planning can help employees identify opportunities for informal skill development throughout their normal work day. “There’s no substitute for experience” is a common adage for those who have learned by doing during a long career. Well-designed learning can help close an experience gap, but the expression still holds truth. Self-Directed Informal Learning Experience alone can be an inefficient instructor.

Sahana Chattopadhyay – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

ABOUT SAHANA CHATTOPADHYAY (Social Learning & Collaboration Strategist, Performance Consultant Exploring Emergent Learning, Blogger). Sahana Chattopadhyay is a performance consultant and an L&D professional with 15 years of experience in the field of academia and organizational learning. Her passion is to help organizations become learning organizations through social and collaborative learning. The learning frameworks will have to evolve accordingly. “On-the-job”

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Learning Resources from Informal Learning (Jay Cross): Part 1

ID Reflections

I am re-reading Informal Learning by Jay Cross and was going through the resource links he has provided. Apart from the book, which is a must read for anyone interested in the field of learning, the resource links are gold mines of knowledge, information and insights. Gurteen Knowledge Center : Knowledge Management, learning, creativity, personal development, innovation. Tags: Learning Resources

March 2010 Informal Learning Hotlist

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Best of Informal Learning Flow. Twitter for Learning – 55 Great Articles - eLearning Technology , March 24, 2010. Moodle: e-learning’s Frankenstein - Donald Clark Plan B , March 6, 2010. Blog – Gravity Emerges from Quantum Information, Say Physicists - Technology Review Feed – Tech Review Top Stories , March 25, 2010. Elements for Constructing Social Learning Environments - Workplace Learning Today , March 16, 2010.

January 2010 Informal Learning Hotlist

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Top Informal Learning links for the first month of 2010. Networking Reconsidered - HarvardBusiness.org , January 4, 2010. The Father of All Business Models - Doc Searls Weblog , January 6, 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. I find lists like this great for serendipitous learning.

Informal learning happens all the time, anywhere

Matrix

Learning begins very early in life. When learning and development programs are set up, the attention is focused solely on formal learning. That’s probably because the informal version doesn’t sit well with schedules, set objectives and quantifications. While good old fashioned learning paths are necessary and very useful, since informal learning is almost always self-initiated, it proves to be a lot more effective and with visible effects on organizational performance.

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 Social Networks Can Harness the Power of Weak Ties | Social.

Dashe & Thomson

A lot of the Social Media Mavens , however, are really ranting, not about the technology, but about the human dynamics related to social networking. If we separate the human aspect of social networking from the technology, we can learn a lot more about the power of networks – not just from today’s pundits, but from many years of sociological research on the topic. Instead, they might want to help us build, maintain, and exploit a large network of weak ties.

Six Obstacles To Building Communities In Organizations

Learnnovators

Rachel Happe begins her latest post, 10 Trends for the Future of Communities , with a comprehensive description of the various intersecting and intermingling streams and characteristics that inform communities, and I am quoting her below: “ Communities sit at the intersection of a number of trends; social media, digital transformation, a generational shift to prioritize purposeful work, the future of work, change management, leadership and social learning.”

Informal Learning 2.0

Jay Cross

Yesterday on video I heard myself stumbling to describe the April 21 session of Corporate Learning Trends & Innovation. I said our theme is improving performance with “natural/informal/web 2.0/connected/social learning. This new learning is strategy, not support. The focus is shifting from the workshop to the workplace, from courses to conversations, from classrooms to learning environments, and from events to on-going processes. Informal Learning 2.0

Learning & Development: How To Do It Right (2020 Update)

Docebo

With high stakes riding on the success of our training and development strategies, it’s time for us to unpack the importance of polished learning programs and, even more crucially, better understand how our training programs have failed in the past. By reflecting on Learning and Development (L&D) as a whole and the strategies we know don’t work, we can rewrite our approach to talent management. What is Learning and Development? Why Is Learning and Development Important?

How to evaluate social and informal learning

Jay Cross

Dan Pontefract had a great post on TrainingWreck about the inadequacy of the Kirkpatrick model in a world where learning is increasingly collaborative and networked. Dan takes the logic further than I did last week in my post on how to assess learning initiatives. Increasingly, learning is migrating from events (think “workshop&# ) to processes (think “social learning&# ). Kirkpatrick is about push, not pull, learning. Network analysis.

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. Technology is used to execute planned / predefined business processes. Technology is used to generate or analyze information individually. Technology is used to broadcast information publicly to people both known and unknown. Technology is used to transmit information privately to known people.

What Universities Must Learn About Social Networks

Jay Cross

What Universities Must Learning About Social Networks. Increasingly, businesses are looking to more social approaches to employee learning and development. THE ISSUE IS NOT whether you are going to become a socially networked university but how soon. Businesses are being transformed into social businesses. Social business is the flavor of the day in the C-suites of the Fortune 500. How do I search for information?”.

Social, Informal Learning Can Be ?Measured

CLO Magazine

Key performance indicators for social and informal learning identify knowledge hubs and lead to better results. Just as social learning and technology have modernized the way learning occurs in companies today, they also have made a mark on the key performance indicators learning leaders should capture and measure. Where the changes show up is in the data points companies analyze in conjunction with social and informal learning.