Informal learning: Why it matters to a business

ProProfs

According to CARA’s 2010 Survey on social media impact, nearly 70% of what is learned in life and at work happens through informal and social learning. If applied right, informal learning can become the competitive edge for every company. Why does informal learning demand equal importance as formal learning? In the ideal case, he should prepare a list of main learning objectives, and suggest possible activities that could help achieve them.

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. Sahana: A community manager’s task is varied.

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The Six Hats Of A Community Manager

Learnnovators

Community Management is an evolving role and organizations are beginning to see the need for this role. In this post, I want to talk about the different hats that we need to don as community managers. This shift calls for some intense community management and community building, and the post focuses on the different roles a community manager needs to play during this time. Providing generic, platform related information is not too useful.

Workplace Learning Professionals Next Job - Management Consultant

Tony Karrer

The Big Question this month is Workplace Learning in 10 Years : If you peer inside an organization in 10 years time and you look at how workplace learning is being supported by that organization, what will you see? What will the mix of Push vs. Pull Learning; Formal vs. Informal supported by the organization? What new departments will be responsible for parts of workplace learning? Isn't that the definition of management. It will be part of management.

MOOCS IN WORKPLACE LEARNING – PART 5: SKILLS LEARNERS NEED TODAY

Learnnovators

I have been writing about MOOCs in the context of workplace learning from different perspectives for some time now. MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 1: Some Points to Consider. MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 2: Designing a MOOC. MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 3: Launching a MOOC. MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 4: Their Role in Corporate Universities. A MOOC is an intrinsically participative, collaborative mode of learning.

MOOCS IN WORKPLACE LEARNING – PART 3: LAUNCHING A MOOC

Learnnovators

This is a continuation of my MOOC series and also a post that draws a lot from the #MSLOC430 Community and MOOC (“C” type) that I am participating in — the open section of the graduate course in the Master’s Program in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University. It takes a relational stance in which learning takes place both in relation to others and in relation to learning resources.”. Learning will simply become integrated into our life-stream.

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.”

The Changing Face of Work and Workplace Learning

Learnnovators

The rise of mobile computing in the form smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices accompanied by ubiquitous Internet connection is creating unforeseen change–in how we work, learn, communicate, do business, conduct personal tasks, and myriad other aspects. As working professionals and L&D personnel concerned with training and organizational learning, capability building and talent development, we cannot ignore the implications of this changing landscape.

MOOCS IN WORKPLACE LEARNING – PART 4: ROLE IN CORPORATE UNIVERSITIES

Learnnovators

is an incisive article by @Josh_Bersin on the way Gen Y views the world of work, leadership, career progression and learning. They will expect and demand to learn differently — social, mobile and cloud will play a big role. None of this information is new. It is time to accept that talent management is a critical business need and a business process; it is not an HR/L&D process. Rebuilding Management Skills and PM. The world has gotten complicated.

Demystifying Working Out Loud

Learnnovators

It has helped me to develop my personal learning network (PLN) and enabled my PKM. Given this context, I have tried to explain what #wol entails for those like me who might be trying to spread the approach, believe in the fundamental philosophy of transparency and open work, and wish to empower everyone with a simple yet powerful learning tool for self-driven learning. A process to be mandated by management/supervisors/organizations with defined rules.

Becoming a Social Business – Beyond Culture Change

Learnnovators

The crux of the problem lies in our inability to see how the culture of organizations stem from and is shaped by the very discourse of management that we have collectively subscribed to ever since the Industrial Revolution and the manufacturing era. No matter how hard we try to change the culture – and I do believe that leaders and managers are trying – the discourse we use lets us down.

Integrating Social Learning In The Workplace

Learnnovators

I have been writing about social learning and its related concepts – communities of practices , working out loud and skills for the networked world for quite some time now. Social learning has become a buzzword in the workplace learning space, and every other organization is claiming to have “social learning” as a part of the mix. The catch is that “social learning” cannot just be implemented or enforced. How is this change related to social learning?

The Top Six Things Organizations Must Do to Enable Emergent Learning

Learnnovators

What is common across the learning modes and methods mentioned? Social learning via an enterprise collaboration platform. Mobile enabled learning accessible anytime, anywhere, on any device of the user’s choice. MOOCs which straddle the line between social learning and e-learning with learner communities. These are essentially “pull” and collaborative learning modes and cannot be imposed. But first, WHAT IS EMERGENT LEARNING?

“Digital Mindset”: What Is It All About?

Learnnovators

“Digital mindset” seems to have become another buzzword–rather buzz-phrase to be grammatically precise–whenever the conversation (online or offline) veers toward social business, social learning, collaboration, and other 21st Century phenomenon in general. Flexible about time and space: In a connected world where we are very often working, learning, and interacting with individuals across the globe as a normal course of life, time takes on a different meaning.

MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 5: Skills Learners Need Today

Learnnovators

I have been writing about MOOCs in the context of workplace learning from different perspectives for some time now. The earlier posts… MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 1: Some Points to Consider. MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 2: Designing a MOOC. MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 3: Launching a MOOC. MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 4: Their Role in Corporate Universities.

The Changing Nature of Workplace Learning

Learnnovators

One was from the field of architecture and the other was by Harold Jarche on workplace and learning. They require the sharing of tacit knowledge, which cannot easily be put into a manual. In addition, tacit knowledge flows best in trusted networks. This trust also promotes individual autonomy and can become a foundation for organizational learning, as knowledge is freely shared. Without trust, few people are willing to share their knowledge.

MOOCs In Workplace Learning – Part 2: Designing a MOOC

Learnnovators

@ ignatia (Inge de Waard) describes MOOCs thus in her Master’s Thesis: “MOOC is above all referring to a pedagogical model with independent learners, access to information, opportunity to create emerging, spontaneous, yet not directed learning communities, etcetera. Corporate Learning will be transformed and will take on more importance wrote Josh Bersin in his HR predictions for 2015. There is an urgent need to re-imagine workplace learning for the networked world.

How Social Learning is Powering Up Today’s Workplaces

Learnnovators

Learning would be exceedingly laborious, not to mention hazardous, if people had to rely solely on the effects of their own actions to inform them what to do. Fortunately, most human behaviour is learned observationally through modelling; from observing others one forms an idea of how new behaviours are performed, and on later occasions this coded information serves as a guide for action.” How will social learning evolve in the coming years?

7 Strategies to Facilitate “Working Out Loud”

Learnnovators

A community grows around a domain where practitioners share their insights, knowledge and doubts, the work processes. Community members learn together, share feedback, take onus of building the domain. Explicit and tacit knowledge gets shared. Talented coders and developers come together to learn, share and co-create. This is where a community manager can be indispensable. If these happen to be from the senior management, so much the better.

Getting Started With Working Out Loud

Learnnovators

I am trying to move to a mode where I’ll write shorter posts more regularly on specific topics, questions posed to me, or an aspect of modern workplace learning that interests me. I happened to mention “ working out loud ” as a practice that is fundamental to social and collaborative learning, and drew a completely blank stare. Share a snippet from the day’s work that captures a learning, a mistake made, or insight gleaned.

MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 3: Launching a MOOC

Learnnovators

This is a continuation of my MOOC series and also a post that draws a lot from the #MSLOC430 Community and MOOC (“C” type) that I am participating in — the open section of the graduate course in the Master’s Program in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University. Before I plunge into the heart of my analysis and discussion, I want to share a couple of snippets on Networked Learning from Wikipedia. ( [link] ).

Social Technology, Community Management & Organizational Development

Learnnovators

Read the post, How Social Technology has Emerged as an Enterprise Management Model , for an in-depth understanding. I am not going to tread into management theory or organizational structures in this post. I wanted to set the premise for what is to come in the months and years ahead…and where do we come in as learning and organizational development specialists. Standardization, efficiency, processes, supervisory management, planning, etc.,

THE 70:20:10 L&D MODEL FOR DEVELOPING A HIGH-PERFORMING WORKFORCE

Learnnovators

Today’s organizations expect employees to LEARN and INNOVATE at the ‘speed of business’! Many of the successful organizations that we see around us today attribute their success to employees who are empowered to learn and innovate at great speeds. These are organizations that have buried their outlook about traditional styles of learning and development (L&D) and embraced new strategies or models. 70:20:10 Model in Managing Innovation.

Workplace Learning in a World “Beyond Automation”

Learnnovators

The remaining tasks will require individuals who fundamentally think differently about work and learning. The key question we (as L&D/HR) need to think of is how are we going to support workplace learning to build such skills in the workforce? The table below captures the shifts as I see it: I have been writing about social and collaborative learning, the importance of communities of practices and networked learning skills like building one’s PLN and PKM for some time now.

How to Improve Learning Outcomes With Performance Support

Dashe & Thomson

Given that the goal of instructional designers and training developers is to improve employee performance, it’s surprising that many continue to create blended learning programs with little or no reliance on performance support tools or systems. Fortunately, performance support systems have received more attention in recent years, thanks to a broader trend toward informal learning strategies. Build performance support into every blended learning effort.

MOOCS IN WORKPLACE LEARNING – PART 2: DESIGNING A MOOC

Learnnovators

@ ignatia (Inge de Waard) describes MOOCs thus in her Master’s Thesis: “MOOC is above all referring to a pedagogical model with independent learners, access to information, opportunity to create emerging, spontaneous, yet not directed learning communities, etcetera. Corporate Learning will be transformed and will take on more importance wrote Josh Bersin in his HR predictions for 2015. There is an urgent need to re-imagine workplace learning for the networked world.

Social Learning Cannot Be A Bolt-On Strategy

Learnnovators

I recently wrote about the challenges of integrating social learning in the workplace. Social Learning and social business go hand in hand. To facilitate social learning, an organization has to become a social business first. When we talk about social learning, we are talking about the fundamental organizational structure of a business. The current failure of organizations to integrate social learning stems from their bolt-on strategy.

HOW SOCIAL LEARNING IS POWERING UP TODAY’S WORKPLACES

Learnnovators

Learning would be exceedingly laborious, not to mention hazardous, if people had to rely solely on the effects of their own actions to inform them what to do. Fortunately, most human behaviour is learned observationally through modelling; from observing others one forms an idea of how new behaviours are performed, and on later occasions this coded information serves as a guide for action.” – Albert Bandura (Originator of Social Learning Theory) “ The research isn’t heartening.

SOCIAL LEARNING CANNOT BE A BOLT-ON STRATEGY

Learnnovators

Don Tapscott (italics mine) I recently wrote about the challenges of integrating social learning in the workplace. Social Learning and social business go hand in hand. To facilitate social learning, an organization has to become a social business first. When we talk about social learning, we are talking about the fundamental organizational structure of a business. The current failure of organizations to integrate social learning stems from their bolt-on strategy.

MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 4: Role in Corporate Universities

Learnnovators

is an incisive article by @Josh_Bersin on the way Gen Y views the world of work, leadership, career progression and learning. They will expect and demand to learn differently — social, mobile and cloud will play a big role. None of this information is new. It is time to accept that talent management is a critical business need and a business process; it is not an HR/L&D process. Rebuilding Management Skills and PM. The world has gotten complicated.

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Working Out Loud: Using the Tools We Already Have

Learnnovators

A bit more conscious thinking behind why, when and how we use these platforms can transform our daily meandering interactions into purposeful habits around learning, sharing and community building. This thought was triggered by David Kelly’s presentation – Social Media, Social Learning, and Curation where he highlights the role each of the social tools/platform can play in our sharing and learning.

THE CHANGING FACE OF WORK AND WORKPLACE LEARNING

Learnnovators

The rise of mobile computing in the form smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices accompanied by ubiquitous Internet connection is creating unforeseen change–in how we work, learn, communicate, do business, conduct personal tasks, and myriad other aspects. As working professionals and L&D personnel concerned with training and organizational learning, capability building and talent development, we cannot ignore the implications of this changing landscape.

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Micro-Learning as a Workplace Learning Strategy

Learnnovators

In todays’ time-crunched, attention-deficit and multitasking world, micro-learning seems to have cropped up as a possible solution to corporate learning and personal development. However, what exactly is micro-learning remains a bit of an elusive concept with different people defining it in different ways. Can a 10-minute learning byte be defined as micro-learning? Would a commoncraft-style video be considered micro-learning?

THE CHANGING NATURE OF WORKPLACE LEARNING

Learnnovators

One was from the field of architecture and the other was by Harold Jarche on workplace and learning. They require the sharing of tacit knowledge, which cannot easily be put into a manual. In addition, tacit knowledge flows best in trusted networks. This trust also promotes individual autonomy and can become a foundation for organizational learning, as knowledge is freely shared. Without trust, few people are willing to share their knowledge.

MICRO-LEARNING AS A WORKPLACE LEARNING STRATEGY

Learnnovators

In todays’ time-crunched, attention-deficit and multitasking world, micro-learning seems to have cropped up as a possible solution to corporate learning and personal development. However, what exactly is micro-learning remains a bit of an elusive concept with different people defining it in different ways. Can a 10-minute learning byte be defined as micro-learning? Would a commoncraft-style video be considered micro-learning?

Top 74 eLearning Posts from September 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

Best of eLearning Learning in September 2010. As always, great stuff found in the eLearning world in September. Examples and Samples of Game Design Documents - Kapp Notes , September 15, 2010 Here is a collection of several game design documents and information about game design documents. 10 Unusual Sources Of Inspiration for eLearning - The eLearning Coach , September 29, 2010 We all need inspiration at times. Learning styles: Worth our time?

ILT, eLearning Tools, Visual Learners, KM, monitter, & T&D Magizines

Big Dog, Little Dog

Long Live Instructor-Led Learning - Saul Carliner in eLearn Magazine. Despite a steady climb in the availability of e-learning, the overall percentage of instructor-led training is nearly unchanged: 71.97 More flawed than the analysis of the numbers is the proposition that formal classroom learning will be replaced by informal learning, which will primarily occur online through blogs and social computing tools.

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Learning Communities List

Tony Karrer

As we are wrapping up the week for Learn Trends , one of the questions we faced was what to do with the Ning community that sprung up to support the conference. I'm pretty sure we are going to leave it up, but I'm also pretty sure that it will sit fairly dormant until the next learning event. The discussion today suggested that it would be nice if there were a way to transfer the connections being made during the conference out to other networks or learning communities.

Online Coaching

Tony Karrer

Catherine Lombardozzi recent post Coaching informal learning sparked something for me around online coaching opportunities. In prior posts she identifies the following elements as being needed for informal learning strategy to be effective in the workplace: Motivation for learning. I completely agree with Catherine that we need to be thinking about how learners can get support for dealing with the complexities of informal learning.

Top Posts from August - Augmented Reality - Social Learning

eLearning Learning Posts

So here are the top posts based on social signals via eLearning Learning for August 2010. My e-Learning Don’ts - MinuteBio , August 8, 2010 Here is a list I compiled of things I think should NOT be done when designing e-learning courses. believe the following are counter to adult learning theory, sound e-learning design and they just down-right irk me. It’s a good question for people involved in learning and development. Learn.