Advantages of Informal Learning for Organizations


For organizations interested in promoting employee growth, a mix of formal with informal education methods may be the key to success. Informal learning refers to the spontaneous, ad-hoc learning most of us engage in every day when we feed our curiosity or explore answers to questions provoked by our environment. This may seem mundane, but some educators estimate that as much as 80 or 90% of the information we learn happens in this casual, unstructured way.

How to Exercise More Influence

CLO Magazine

She observed that Wozniak would probably enjoy the opportunity to speak with Bradford, joking that he’d welcome a kindred spirit from the information technology world in a room full of lawyers. Even the best managers can fall into the trap of defining influence as something they do to someone else to get what they want. More than ever before, people in today’s organizations know when self-serving tactics and techniques are being used to influence them.

Real learning – let’s not confuse it with completing templated exercises

Performance Learning Productivity

Most people working in the knowledge economy want to create their own personal learning environments with tools that suit the way they work, gather information, and learn.

6 Ways to Encourage Informal Learning in the Workplace


How to help build informal learning habits in your office. While many organizations turn to various formal learning courses, they should also consider the benefits of informal learning. However, informal learning can have many benefits for businesses and individuals alike.

Living up to the Promise of eLearning: Closing the Learning-Doing Gap

information to application and use cases, we focus the training experience and not. to structure the practice exercises and the.

7 Tips To Incorporate Informal Learning Into Your Corporate eLearning Strategy


Informal learning is impromptu. In this article, we’ll share 7 tips to use informal learning into your training strategy. How To Incorporate Informal Learning Into Your Corporate Training Strategy. Informal learning is usually initiated by the learner.

How to Encourage Physical Activity as Part of a Learning Strategy

Absorb LMS

Studies published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that people who sit for the majority of the day are 54 percent more likely to die of a heart attack. The bad news is that exercise has little impact if it does not replace time sitting.

Analogies are like Informal Mnemonics

Bottom-Line Performance

This exercise for using analogies in instructor-led training suggests you provide a variety of impetus materials and ask learners to create their own analogies. Lacking either of those skills, the analogy exercise is bound to be at least ineffective, and perhaps even harmful. Analogies have been a source of great amusement for me this past wee k. Analogies can be very helpful in learning, if they’re used correctly.

How to Encourage Physical Activity as Part of a Learning Strategy

Absorb LMS

Studies published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that people who sit for the majority of the day are 54 percent more likely to die of a heart attack. The bad news is that exercise has little impact if it does not replace time sitting.

Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program

information to application and use cases, we focus the training experience and not. to structure the practice exercises and the.

10 Informal Learning Activities to Boost Employee Engagement


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). The Informal learning theory describes learning that is unstructured and encourages self-directed education, which we can continue long beyond our high school and university years without ever setting foot in a classroom again. Flows with Daily Life : Many informal learning activities are a part of daily life.

Creating e-content faster: Helping SMEs do more than just ‘information overload’


One such crucial step is extracting relevant information out of Subject Matter Experts (SME) which can take up an unnecessary large chunk of the total development time. This will help them align their thoughts and let the right information flow.

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.” It’s a worthwhile exercise.

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Just enough information to permit practice and no more

Clive on Learning

We were discussing the all-too-common tendency to over-teach and under-practise in formal workplace learning interventions.Here's how one of the participants in the meeting summarised how the principle should read: Provide just enough information to allow the learner to practise and no more I'm really taken with this. We tend to want to provide all the knowledge up front, when it's more helpful to feed it in gradually as we work through the practical exercises.

Here’s the Secret Number to Help You Avoid Information Overload


You may not realize it, but we have a natural defense to avoid information overload. Why do humans almost naturally default to this method of “chunking” information? When it comes to remembering pieces of information in the moment, studies widely agree that the number is three to five.

7 Examples on Scenario Based Learning (SBL) for Formal and Informal Learning

Adobe Captivate

In this blog, I show you how to you can use Scenario Based Learning through 5 examples for both Formal and Informal learning. You can use Scenario Based Learning to create both formal and informal training solutions. Examples for Informal Learning.

What Causes Forgetting? Decay Over Time or Interference with Other Learned Information?

Work Learning

For millennium, scholars and thinkers of all sorts -- from scientists to men or women on the street -- thought that memories simply faded with time.

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. What Is Informal Learning?

January 2010 Informal Learning Hotlist

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Top Informal Learning links for the first month of 2010. The End of the Industrial Training Era - Informal Learning , January 2, 2010. Blogging as an Exercise of the Brain - Irving Wladawsky-Berger , January 2, 2010. Informal learning is like that. Tags: Informal Learning Yesterday’s #lrnchat was on crowdsourcing. This is an example. The crowd picks this list, not I.

Informal learning - less than a dollar a hit

Clive on Learning

For some months now I've been carrying Jay Cross's new book Informal Learning around in my bag to read on train journeys. What's more, I believe that blended, formal programmes can provide an important bridge to informal learning.

Painting by numbers

E-Learning Provocateur

It’s a way of thinking that is founded on statistics, and I maintain it should inform the activities we undertake in other sectors of society such as Learning & Development. The next step up in the pyramid is Information.

5 Ways to Increase Retention In E-Learning Courses

Origin Learning

Learners get a chance to fill in the missing information when the repetition exercise happens. An interactive course ensures that learners are involved in it instead of merely sitting and receiving information passively. Transfer information in bites.

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Business Impact of Social and Informal Learning

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

To implement social/informal learning infrastructure projects, learning and development professionals need to shift their focus from learning to earning. Measuring the impact of an ecosystem is a different exercise from evaluating a single program.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Brain Plasticity & Cognitive Abilities

Learning Visions

Scientists are finding ways to change the brain through intellectual exercises. People who are socially clumsy can be given exercises that improve their brain’s ability to read nonverbal clues. Getting an Informal M.Ed Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff.

A framework for content curation

E-Learning Provocateur

Sure, they may be thoughtfully filtered and informatively annotated, but a hotchpotch is a hotchpotch. It’s worth remembering that education is not the provision of information; it is sense making. For example, it may inform the sequence of an online course. (In

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: 31 Days to A Better Blog

Learning Visions

Thursday, August 02, 2007 31 Days to A Better Blog I mentioned to Michele Martin that I was interested in participating in the 31 Days to a Better Blog Exercise being led by problogger Daren Rowse. Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. I was initially intrigued by Darens ideas and by Micheles enthusiasm. Im not blogging for the money or the fame, but I am in it for the community, networking and learning opportunities.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: 31 Days to a Better Blog: Days 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8

Learning Visions

Tuesday, August 07, 2007 31 Days to a Better Blog: Days 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8 This whole 31 Days to a Better Blog exercise is proving harder to stay on top of than I had even imagined. I think I need to go back over mine again reflecting on how well you manage to get across information. Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff.

Role of Nursing Second Semester


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I Believe in the Importance of Personal Knowledge Management

Tom Spiglanin

But how do we sort through all this information, effectively filter content, judge the good from bad, and make sense of it all? What we need is to exercise personal knowledge management, or PKM. We all recognize Internet search as one way we find information.

Influential information security recognition for Unicorn

Unicorn Training

Unicorn Training’s commitment to superior information security has been recognised with certification for ISO 27001, ratified by the British Standards Institution (BSI). With Unicorn having so many clients and partners in the financial sector, keeping client information secure is critical to the success of its business and a fundamental given in every customer relationship. For more information about Unicorn Training visit

I Believe in the Importance of a Personal Learning Network

Tom Spiglanin

Having an open mind and exercising critical thinking skills leads to serendipitous discoveries and new thinking. Community I Believe Informal Learning Social Learning

I Believe in the Value of Connectedness

Tom Spiglanin

Where professional interests coincided, we exercised tremendous care to ensure company secrets remained safe. Connections are virtually all informal, put in place one relationship at a time by mutual agreement between two individuals.

Workplace Learning in a World “Beyond Automation”


This allows them to exercise the value that emerges from collaborating with other humans on open-ended, creative endeavors. I just finished reading an HBR article by Thomas Davenport and Julia Kirby called Beyond Automation , which is the trigger for this post.

Blended Learning is Splendid Learning

Growth Engineering

Training is turning into a more collaborative exercise and training managers are looking for ways engage the learners. Social learning functionality lets the learners help each other and it lets the training managers tap into the huge well of informal learning. What is Blended Learning.

Creating avenues for On-Demand Learning in the Modern Workplace


While formal training also has a place, more and more organizations are aligning towards informal ways of organizational learning. On-Demand Learning is a type of informal learning that is ‘learner-led’ – where the learner moves along the course material, undirected and self-paced.

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The moot point of MOOCs

E-Learning Provocateur

Perhaps a MOOC is a loss leader, or a branding exercise, or a CSR strategy. The proponents of informal learning don’t care. MOOCs #edcmooc business constructivism distance learning e-learning education elearning formal learning freemium informal learning massive model online online courses open sustainableSome people are head-over-heels in love with MOOCs. Or perhaps more accurately, the idea of MOOCs.

Ryan Tracey – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators


At the same time, you advise learning designers to exercise caution while designing solutions, and take into consideration what could be learning preferences. Ryan: My caution here is in the context of the ever informalizing workplace. What I don’t think a lot of people realized back then was that the emergence of MOOCs was converging with the informalization of learning. Coinciding with this informalization of learning, however, we need to formalize assessment.

Joe Ganci – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators


Joe: I’m a firm believer that both formal and informal learning are necessary. When teaching surgery, drag-and-drop exercises and video may be very important. Those who have had no exposure to learning principles often find such an exercise a real eye-opener and almost invariably see the wisdom in creating learning that really works, not that which is linear in nature. We can look up information online at almost any time and almost anywhere.

Fitness Training Supports Improved Cognitive Functioning in Older Adults

Work Learning

Visuospatial processing (the ability to transform visual or spatial information). As you can see in the graph above, overall the groups that exercised outperformed those who didn't. . Exercise for less than 30 minutes produced very little benefit compared to exercise for 30-60 minutes.