Formal vs informal learning and what the LMS should do about them

Matrix

That we learn something new all the time is more than an overused cliché; it is actually fact. Every time we buy a new piece of technology, be it a smartphone, a TV or a blender, we need to learn how to use it. Formal and informal learning – two peas in the same pod.

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 Interview.

Jay’s latest book focuses on social & informal learning in the cloud

Jay Cross

Subtitled Informal Learning in the Cloud , this edition focuses on social learning and implementing web 2.0 The hardcopy version of Working Smarter costs $19.98. The download version of Working Smarter costs $12.00. Network Effects …14. What can we do to improve this informal learning?…23. Rethinking Learning in Organizations…30. Informal Learning …36. Network Effects…139.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: e-Learning Content & Version Control

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Wednesday, August 01, 2007 e-Learning Content & Version Control Earlier this week, Janet Clarey wrote about the " Preservation of e-Learning Content." She raised the question about e-Learning content and how well companies keep track of content updates. Can you prove when and how your e-Learning content has changed?

Creating avenues for On-Demand Learning in the Modern Workplace

G-Cube

Learning at the workplace is a continuous process. While formal training also has a place, more and more organizations are aligning towards informal ways of organizational learning. Challenge 1: Creating content for on-demand learning.

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Top 9 e-Learning Predictions for 2014

Learnnovators

2013 was an exciting year for e-Learning professionals with many discussions around learning paradigms and technologies. We started the year with our own forecasts through ‘ Top 11 Disruptive e-Learning Technologies ’, many of which, when we look back, turned out to be accurate.

The moot point of MOOCs

E-Learning Provocateur

Importantly though, I don’t think they will revolutionise the science of education; after all, a MOOC is arguably an extensible version of what we’ve been doing all along – albeit on a massive (and free) scale. Fair call, but I think there’s more going on beneath the surface, and the post attracted some excellent comments to that effect. Perhaps we need to look at learning differently. Perhaps we need to look at learning differently indeed.

20 Top Learning, Technology & Media Links: Weekly Digest – 13

Upside Learning

As people increasingly embrace social media and new technologies with open arms, social learning, informal learning and blended learning continue to gain a strong foothold in an organization’s learning palette. How Blended Learning Will Change the World.

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The Transformative Journey of Corporate MOOCs

Learnnovators

Based on our research findings since then, we have been doodling about the limitations of the present-day MOOCs (Designs), and have also been exploring possible ways that could help transform these great tools into more acceptable and effective medium for today’s workforce.

How Performance Support Apps Are Faring In Today’s Workplaces

Learnnovators

THE QUOTE: “ The incredible expansion of mobile technologies is an important factor that will both drive and support the deployment of workplace learning tools and systems in the area of performance support.” – Charles Jennings (Managing Director, Duntroon Associates, and Founder, 70:20:10 Forum ).

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Connectivism: Week 1

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Friday, September 12, 2008 Connectivism: Week 1 With little time these days, Ill be auditing the auditors version of the 12 week Connectivism course happening now.

Joe Ganci – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

Joseph Ganci is President of eLearningJoe, LLC, a custom learning company located outside Washington. Since 1983, he has been involved in every aspect of multimedia and learning development. ABOUT THIS INTERVIEW SERIES: ‘ Crystal Balling with Learnnovators ’ is a thought-provoking interview series that attempts to gaze into the future of e-learning. It comprises stimulating discussions with industry experts and product evangelists on emerging trends in the learning landscape.

The moot point of MOOCs

E-Learning Provocateur

Importantly though, I don’t think they will revolutionise the science of education; after all, a MOOC is arguably an extensible version of what we’ve been doing all along – albeit on a massive (and free) scale. Fair call, but I think there’s more going on beneath the surface, and the post attracted some excellent comments to that effect. Perhaps we need to look at learning differently. Perhaps we need to look at learning differently indeed.

The Working Smarter Fieldbook: A Glimpse and Some Thoughts

ID Reflections

Image via Wikipedia "Collaboration is a process through which people who see different aspects of a problem can constructively explore their differences and search for the solution that go beyond their own limited vision of what is possible." ~ Anecdote And informal learning is hinged on collaboration. Undoubtedly, it has placed a lot of scattered information in perspective for me.

Your Organization is Leaking Knowledge Everywhere

Braidio

Companies need to take advantage of informal training methods to retain internal information. (a a version of this post was published in Business.com ). Today’s workforce is mainly comprised of three generations, and each one thinks their method of working is most effective. For the modern business today, the knowledge of its employees is a huge asset and must be transferred through the organization in a more efficient, informal way.

5 Ways to Stretch Your Training Budget

Mindflash

Others believe that online training is only effective when it’s delivered with a trainer in a classroom setting. Embrace Informal Learning practices – especially mentoring and coaching. Source: Jay Cross, Informal Learning, Pfeiffer, 2006.

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Why Training Needs to go Agile (Part 1 – The Basics)

Xyleme

In other words, learning needs to go Agile. A frequent iteration cycle also keeps IT developers and business users in sync on requirements and priorities. […] Since this approach is most effective when business needs are shifting, it is gaining favor among many IT departments.”

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5 Ways to Stretch Your Training Budget

Mindflash

Others believe that online training is only effective when it’s delivered with a trainer in a classroom setting. Embrace Informal Learning practices – especially mentoring and coaching. Source: Jay Cross, Informal Learning, Pfeiffer, 2006.

Secrets of Working Smarter

Jay Cross

Learning Solutions Magazine. Working Smarter: Informal Learning in the Cloud by Jay Cross and Friends. Jay, with his colleagues in the Internet Time Alliance, has recently produced the 2010 version of his “unbook,” Working Smarter: Informal Learning in the Cloud.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Picnik: My new favorite online photo editor

Mark Oehlert

I also know about the online version of Photoshop.whatever. and check this one as well e-Places to visit copyright game studies anthropology mobile learning e-learning things you should read stat counter View My Stats kaboodle Oehlerts Book.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Kineo Product Knowledge E-Learning Webinar

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Monday, July 13, 2009 Kineo Product Knowledge E-Learning Webinar Kineo will be holding a free webinar on creating effective product knowledge e-learning on July 16th, 2009. For example there have been over 60 new versions of the Blackberry since its launch in 2002, that’s one every 5 weeks. The learning has got to get to the point, quickly.

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. I adapted these slides to work as a standalone resource without a speaker; the original version had less text on the slides. 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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Learning Experience Platforms – A Sustainable Solution

Origin Learning

Learning experience through books is now considered a bit passé. Similarly, the learning experience is now no longer confined to a classroom. Learners can access information during any time of the day and in any part of the world. Evidence-based learning.

Embedding Learning in Work: The Benefits and Challenges

Performance Learning Productivity

If people learn as part of the workflow then this learning is more likely to impact performance in a positive way. The same study found employees with high exposure to on-the-job learning activities were 262% more engaged than those who had no exposure to on-the-job learning.

New Book: Aha! 75 Ways to Work Smarter

Jay Cross

is for all those people we’ve made responsible for their own learning. explains self-assessment, setting goals, dealing with feeds and flows, improving retention, curation, working out loud, social learning, and more. reveals how to: Learn from experience.

Celebrating the 3rd anniversary of the MATRIX Blog

Matrix

Since the first and the second year of blogging about workplace learning and L&D practices got their fair share of fame ( Anniversary edition: Top 10 posts of the MATRIX Blog and The MATRIX Blog turns 2! Top e-learning trends to keep an eye on in 2018.

Introducing UpsideLMS V5.0 – Best Value LMS With Stunning GUI

Upside Learning

The release of the new UpsideLMS version – 5.0, is generating a lot of excitement at Upside Learning. Our stunning, best value Learning Management System , UpsideLMS v5.0, Looking for more information or a quick chat?

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The Role of xAPI in Creating Powerful Learning Experiences for the Modern Workforce

Origin Learning

eLearning as a training medium to foster learning at the workplace has been in existence for over two decades now. Have you wondered how all eLearning programs follow a specific structure and adhere to standards despite being unique learning elements? Creating Better Blended Learning.

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Video of the month: April 2019

Clear Lessons

The most effective way of building talent and developing teams is to get out of the way. This is an edited version of this Clear Lesson – watch the video for the full story. At Elliott Masie’s Learning 2006 conference in Florida, he was awarded the title of 2006 Learning Thought Leader.

2010 Predictions - Big Question

eLearning Cyclops

January's Big Question at the Learning Circuits blog asks for our 2010 predictions. So, here we go; m-Learning continues to grow. I think the growing popularity of social media apps on mobile devices will assist with a growth of social learning (I consider social/informal learning on mobile devices m-learning too). There will be much more reflection on what works online and what is more effectively taught in the traditional classroom.

What Can A Great Naval Tradition Teach Us About Non-Traditional Training?

Pract.us

And it’s extremely effective. In the civilian world, few companies have implemented SOJT even though studies have shown that it outperforms unstructured OJT and some traditional courses for cost effectiveness and skills transfer. PQS is a set of learning standards.

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How to Brighten Your Corporate Training and Avoid It Become a Boring Training

Your Training Edge

When choosing an approach allowing to bring better results and make the process of learning engaging, make use of interactive training ideas. Screen version of life. Top learned concepts. Choosing learning approaches, try to vary the methods.

Learning not in excess but in nexus!

Origin Learning

Put to context, isn’t Continuous learning with a Collaborative mindset the crux of creating a learning culture in any organization ? The question is how adept are organizations/businesses in the sphere of Collaborative learning? Remember the famous ‘Hare and Turtle’ story?

Peeragogy

Jay Cross

In his keynote presentation at Online Educa Berlin last week, Howard Rheingold emphasized co-learning. Since the teacher learns more than the student, let’s all be both teachers and students. Esteemed co-learners, your job is to create new co-learning communities.