Informal Learning

CourseArc

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. The ultimate goal of blended learning is to combine several media in one course.

Getting Formal About Informal Learning

Litmos

The key is to get clear about what informal learning is, and more importantly how to (and not to) leverage it. This is anecdotal, but it tends to be an onboarding program that includes introduction to the organization and initial training. The learning culture matters too.

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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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.

Dealing with the Challenges of Guided Informal Learning

Pract.us

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.

The Secret to Connecting Online Training to Business Performance

Docebo

In the book 70:20:10 Towards 100% Performance , author Jos Arets outlines Fredrick Winslow Taylor’s influence on the concept of separating learning and working. . The other 90% is made up of 20% social learning and 70% on-the-job, experiential 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.

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

Bob Mosher on Informal Learning and Performance Support

Learning Visions

Informal Learning: Are We Missing a HUGE Opportunity? with Bob Mosher of Learning Guide Solutions, presented by Massachusetts Chapter of ISPI and sponsored by Kineo. 3 domains: formal, informal, performance support. When learning for the first time 2.

Informal Learning 2.0

Jay Cross

Published in Chief Learning Officer, August 2009. Informal Learning 2.0. Corporate approaches to learning have to change, as well. Organizations that don’t learn can’t keep up. It’s learn or die. Increasing customer loyalty though learning.

Improve Sales Performance with Bite-Sized Content, Reinforcement, and Informal Learning

Allego

In Part 1 of this series summarizing Allego’s webinar: 5 Modern Learning Principles To Drive Higher Sales Performance , we examined ways to make sales learning content more personalized, as well as easier and faster to create (Principles #1 and #2). Bite-sized and Continuous 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.

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 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.

An example of informal learning from Europe

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Harm told me about his team’s experience with informal learning in an engagement with Sara Lee. Sara Lee wanted to invest in technology in the domain of learning. We asked them to write down (individually) all their work-related learning experiences.

How To Use Microlearning To Promote Informal Learning At The Workplace

Adobe Captivate

Driven by passion and motivation, informal learning enables learners to pick the learning content they’re interested in, and learn at their own pace. In this article, I show how you can use microlearning to promote informal learning at the workplace.

Why Investing In Informal Learning Makes Sense: Featuring 6 Examples Or Approaches

Adobe Captivate

Informal learning is integral to the way we learn, but organizations have several associated concerns about its value and impact. In this article, I address them and—through 6 informal learning examples— I also show you how you can use informal learning effectively. 6 Reasons Why Investing In Informal Learning Makes Sense. The fact that learning happens through multiple channels (and not just formal training) is an established one.

Performance-Based Coaching

CLO Magazine

Most coaching efforts miss or only partially address key elements that make businesses excel. The resulting ebb in productivity or performance leads the boss to step in to fix problems by coaching employees on how to do a better job. The system is different in every organization and for every job role, and includes organizational and process design, how information and resources are made available and how performance is recognized.

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.

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?

Yes, you can manage informal learning

Big Dog, Little Dog

Jane Hart recently posted a thought-proving article on her blog in which she argues that you “ can't manage informal learning, you can only manage the social media tools.” This is why you need to manage non-formal learning and not just the tool itself.

Investing in Social and Informal Learning Klass Capital Acquires Controlling Stake in Docebo

Training Industry

The private equity firm made its first investment in the company in February of this year; the initial $3 million in growth equity was raised by Docebo to accelerate the growth of its Software as a Service (SaaS) enterprise e-learning platform. We also believe that Docebo is in a strong position to address the social and informal learning management needs that exist in the market.”

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. Of that, about $30 billion is spent on formal training, while the rest, $180 billion is spent on informal, or on-the-job training. The estimates that I have seen for informal vs. formal learning in a work environment normally runs about 70 to 80 percent for informal learning.

Clive Shepherd – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

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.

No-Nonsense Employee Training: The Best Articles of This Week

Pract.us

We find the best articles for helping you create a robust training program that gets results. Learn more here. If you coach or train management, this article can provide some good material for how managers can keep employees energetic and focused with simple work strategies.

Power of informal learning in developing managers

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Here’s a six-year old article on informal learning I discovered while Googling for material on learning transfer. Informal Learning and the Transfer of Learning: How Managers Develop Proficiency. Informal learning occurs in the presence of both action and reflection (Watkins & Marsick, 1992) and includes “self-directed learning, networking, coaching, mentoring, performance planning.

Get the Benefits of Employee Training with Lower Costs

Pract.us

You can save money on a robust employee training program by using informal learning techniques. You can use informal on-the-job training to improve performance and save money. But most companies only use formal training for their employee development programs.

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Guarding Against Primitive eLearning Programs

Vignettes Learning

In our love of everything instant, we tend to develop “primitive-like” behaviors in learning and lose significant insights present in a “contemplation mindset”learning environment. The training and learning industry has this love affair with technology.

Herding Cats or Managing Informal Learning

The Learning Circuits

Kineo , a consultancy in the UK, published an interesting report earlier this year entitled 13 Ways of Managing Informal Learning. Harrison also provides some very good ideas on assessing the current state of informal learning. In essence, 2 types of informal learning?

Learning & Skills Survey: 87% More eLearning & Mobile Learning; 73% Less 2-3 Day Classroom Training

Upside Learning

The Centre for Performance Development has released the results of their Learning & Skills 2011 survey – which was held both at the event and online. e-learning & Mobile Learning. Informal Learning. Coaching & Mentoring.

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Sahana Chattopadhyay – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

ABOUT SAHANA CHATTOPADHYAY (Social Learning & Collaboration Strategist, Performance Consultant Exploring Emergent Learning, Blogger). Her passion is to help organizations become learning organizations through social and collaborative learning.

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eLearning Modules will Die… and 70:20:10 will hold the Smoking Gun

Learnnovators

When talking about technology and learning it’s hard not to think about elearning modules. They’ve been the bread and butter of digital learning solutions for decades and the industry behind them has helped many, including myself, feed our families. From the Blended Learning Trenches.

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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?

No-Nonsense Employee Training: The Best Articles of This Week

Pract.us

We find the best articles for helping you create a robust training program that gets results. A 2×2 Matrix to Help You Prioritize the Skills to Learn Right Now. This article has a quick matrix to help you decide what to learn when. Neuroscience Principles for Coaches.