Formal Learning vs. Informal Learning

Learningtogo

Workers learn more in the coffee room than in the classroom.” – Jay Cross. While studies vary on the exact percentage, most learning in today’s workplace is informal. In this post, we’ll distinguish between informal and formal learning and explore ways to identify and encourage informal learning within your organization. What is informal learning? How can you design something that is informal?

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%. Employees and partners with more capacity to learn are more versatile in adapting to future conditions. Because organizations are oblivious to informal learning, they fail to invest in it. Learning is social.

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RSS: The new intranet protocol? Learning2.0 behind the firewall

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

It's not necessary when IT departments are deploying the informal learning tools behind the firewall. An LMS should simply track usage stats for the small amount of remaining courses and then somehow try to get a data collection point around the informal learning that is occuring. From ZDNet is the article RSS: The new intranet protocol? RSS is the LMS killer!

Learning and the Changing Workplace – Part 1

Tom Spiglanin

I’ve been thinking a lot about the future of workplace Learning and Development* (L&D) or, more specifically, about the evolution of the workplace and the changing role of L&D in it. blog ), along with several others, write often about how the globally connected workplace is changing the nature of both work and learning. Jay notes in The principles of learning that Henschel’s lessons are still valid today.

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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 year saw many interesting developments directly impacting e-learning in areas like: Courseware Authoring Tools. LMSs, LCMSs, and Learning Management Platforms. Learning Analytics.

The Most PROVOCATIVE Shout-Outs From Today’s Learning Innovators

Learnnovators

INTRODUCTION: We are in the age of learning revolution or innovation. Understandably, it has a natural impact on corporate e-learning as well. In today’s scenario, with our renewed understanding of how people ‘learn’ (mostly informal, social, and less formal), this gains considerable significance. Like many of you out there, we too believe that, in today’s learning landscape we need ‘learning rebels’ and ‘learning provocateurs’, and not ‘learning conformists’.

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 year saw many interesting developments directly impacting e-learning in areas like: Courseware Authoring Tools. LMSs, LCMSs, and Learning Management Platforms. Learning Analytics.

THE MOST PROVOCATIVE SHOUT-OUTS FROM TODAY’S LEARNING INNOVATORS

Learnnovators

but also the wisdom to channel the forces that actually bring about genuine change. ” — Gene Levinson INTRODUCTION: We are in the age of learning revolution or innovation. Understandably, it has a natural impact on corporate e-learning as well. In today’s scenario, with our renewed understanding of how people ‘learn’ (mostly informal, social, and less formal), this gains considerable significance. Not many organizations truly have a learning strategy.

TOM KUHLMANN – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS

Learnnovators

ABOUT TOM KUHLMANN (Vice President, Articulate Community): Tom Kuhlmann is the Vice President of the Articulate Community, which he has been running for the past six years, with a focus on building a committed group of rapid e-learning developers. He also hosts The Rapid E-Learning Blog where he provides practical insights and hands-on tips to develop great e-learning courses. Many people consider Tom as “the” guru in e-learning instructional design.

How to Replace Top-Down Training with Collaborative Learning (3)

Jay Cross

Technological infrastructure for social learning. Work and learning are converging, and as this change happens, the infrastructure of the old corporate learning must go – things like traditional one-size-fit-all in-person training seminars. In its place enters social and informal learning hubs like on-demand content, live online discussions, wikis and forums, and searchable content archives. Choosing and subscribing to streams of information I’m interested in.

What will change in 2010?

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Just as the Google Search Appliance enables companies to find needles in haystacks behind their firewalls, Wave is likely to replace lots of wikis and content management systems. I nnovations in computing used to trickle down from business and government to consumers. Mainframes evolved into personal computers. The space program put men on the moon and gave us Tang for breakfast. Now, innovation often goes the other way. Things start with consumers and are later adopted by corporations.

Ten years after

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

The Information Era has arrived. To be successful, people must learn to learn. They must shoulder responsibility for learning what they need to know from their experience and from their peers. Learning has become a corporate survival skill. Learn or die. Tomorrow’s leaders will understand that learning is not just another discretionary item. In the information age, innovation is the competitive advantage. Learning is the business.

Giving up control

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

In an article titled Taking the Social Media Plunge: Learning to Let Go , Andy McAfee explores the reluctance of traditional organizations to embrace social media (and informal learning). They’re worried about secrets slipping over Chinese walls and firewalls. Unjustified distrust of workers denies corporations the benefits of networked learning and performance support. Tags: Informal Learning innovation inttime

Shaping an eLearning Solution

Zephyr Learning

Making elearning work is a challenge, and I know from experience that there is very little emphasis placed on the people who will be taking the learning! Effective engagement is important and of course goes without say for any learning solution, however we find that many people confuse the words engagement and interaction. Any type of learning must engage for it to succeed. It demonstrates the need for a variety of activity approaches to delivering the learning.

The Smart Worker : recognises she learns to do her job as she does her job

Jane Hart

This is the 6th post in a series of postings on how L&D departments can move forward from their traditional role of creating, delivering and managing formal learning – to one that supports the wider needs of Smart Workers in the organisation. This post looks at L&D’s approach to the wider concepts of informal and social learning in the organisation. And a survey reported in a recent article, Blind spots , in the Chief Learning Office magazine showed that.

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Learning Technologies 2010 – Day 2 Recap

Upside Learning

After having a great first day at the Learning Technologies 2010 I was looking forward to an exciting second day. Discussing their current concerns around learning and development gives us a glimpse into their world and that’s valuable. They focus on the learning & training market and Josh sure knows more about the trends in the industry than most others. Bersin used the slide shown here in which types of tools/medium can be used in Informal Learning.

Social Media vs. Social Learning

Integrated Learnings

As a learning professional, I have been pondering this question a lot. This has included reading some books, attending some webinars, and talking with other learning professionals about how they are making social media work in a learning environment. For the sake of this post, I want to focus on an end goal of collaboration among learners experiencing a learning event together. 2-- Share “real world” learnings with each other after the training is complete.

Discover Your Organization’s Learning Ecosystems

Watershed

In the introduction to this series, we explained how your organization’s learning ecosystems are comprised of different L&D tools and technologies. And, because learning is a continuous process that happens in many ways and places, learning ecosystems are everywhere. Uncover learning programs. While many learning opportunities are obvious, others can be subtle—such as informal conversations or impromptu Google searches. Informal Learning.

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. If a group doesn’t exist for facilitate your informal learning, make one. Peeragogy is a set of techniques for collaborative learning and work. A workscape is a learning ecology.

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LMS Innovation: Where’s the Value?

Talented Learning

Unlike those who think learning management systems (LMS) are largely irrelevant or are back office systems, I see tremendous value and potential everywhere I look. That’s because I’m focused on a much broader market opportunity for learning tech. That’s where modern learning technology is thriving, making a measurable difference and where LMS innovation is rampant. It’s less about learning and more about process.

eLearning Cyclops: Making It Over The Wall #LCBQ

eLearning Cyclops

Over at the Learning Circuits Blog the Big Question is "How do we break down organizational walls when it comes to learning?" First off, always be on the lookout for opportunities to bring external learning inside the organization. Social media - Right now I am in the midst of encouraging staff to use social media as a learning and teaching tool. A big barrier for too many organizations is simply getting access outside the firewall especially access to social media.

Totara: re-shaping Moodle for corporate use

Clive on Learning

I wanted to know whether Saba, one of the most successful of the big LMSs, could reinvent itself to accommodate informal learning. This time I’m exploring whether it is possible for one of the world’s most popular academic virtual learning environments, Moodle, to be adapted to suit the needs of corporates. There is some overlap: both types of platforms can deliver resources and both can support certain types of learning activities. learning management systems

Words of Wisdom*

Clark Quinn

While our focus is formal learning, we recognize that all needs may not be able to be met by courses. We’ve checked with various departments to see if they’ve got portals of information. So, to get product information, you go to the sales site, er, or is that engineering? No matter, what’s important is that the information is out there, and we provide links to all the portals (there’re hundreds) for all the courses. Informal learning is an oxymoron.

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How to Revolutionise Workplace Learning

Marcia Conner

The conference hosts interviewed me a few weeks ago about my thoughts on learning since leaving a formal role in the field years ago. The author of four books, including The New Social Learning: Connect, Collaborate, Work (2nd ed., ATD Press, June 2015), she works to find better ways for people to learn, collaborate and achieve professional success. How do organisations get workplace learning wrong, and how can they fix it? change culture learning

PLE - PWLE Discussion Contiunes - Corporate vs Personal and IP Rights

Tony Karrer

This continues the discussion being had around PLE/PWLEs - see More Discussion on Personal Work Learning Environments for a bit of recap. Clearly this is a different use of PLE's than those outside the firewall, for free rangers, and for learning from everything of personal interest. I'm on the same page as Cammy Bean about Personal Learning Environments: So all the talk about tools and maps has struck me as odd. It is clearly both learning and work.

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Tom Kuhlmann – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

ABOUT TOM KUHLMANN (Vice President, Articulate Community): Tom Kuhlmann is the Vice President of the Articulate Community, which he has been running for the past six years, with a focus on building a committed group of rapid e-learning developers. He also hosts The Rapid E-Learning Blog where he provides practical insights and hands-on tips to develop great e-learning courses. Many people consider Tom as “the” guru in e-learning instructional design.

How to Revolutionise Workplace Learning

Marcia Conner

The conference hosts interviewed me a few weeks ago about my thoughts on learning since leaving a formal role in the field years ago. The author of four books, including The New Social Learning: Connect, Collaborate, Work (2nd ed., ATD Press, June 2015), she works to find better ways for people to learn, collaborate and achieve professional success. How do organisations get workplace learning wrong, and how can they fix it? change culture learning

How to Revolutionise Workplace Learning

Marcia Conner

The conference hosts interviewed me a few weeks ago about my thoughts on learning since leaving a formal role in the field years ago. The author of four books, including The New Social Learning: Connect, Collaborate, Work (2nd ed., ATD Press, June 2015), she works to find better ways for people to learn, collaborate and achieve professional success. How do organisations get workplace learning wrong, and how can they fix it? change culture learning

How to Revolutionise Workplace Learning

Marcia Conner

The conference hosts interviewed me a few weeks ago about my thoughts on learning since leaving a formal role in the field years ago. The author of four books, including The New Social Learning: Connect, Collaborate, Work (2nd ed., ATD Press, June 2015), she works to find better ways for people to learn, collaborate and achieve professional success. How do organisations get workplace learning wrong, and how can they fix it? change culture learning

Through the Workscape Looking Glass

Jay Cross

Learning Ecosystem, Learning Ecology, and Learnscape mean the same thing as Workscape. I don’t use the word learn with executives, who inevitably think back to the awfulness of school and close their ears. In the same vein, I talk about Working Smarter instead of informal learning, social learning, and so forth. Some people denigrate informal learning but nobody’s against Working Smarter. However, compliance is not learning.

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Working smarter

Jay Cross

I don’t talk much about training or learning any more. You can train people but they may or may not learn. Learning is better than training, but learning is not enough to make sure the job gets done. Moreover, people often fail to put what they learn into practice. It may or may not involve learning. It’s about cultivating a healthy learning ecology. Work and learning are two sides of the same coin. Higher ground.

Origins of “eLearning”

Jay Cross

The meme of learning was replacing training. Learning is whatever gets past their personal firewalls (AKA skulls) and lodges in the brain. I can learn something; you can't learn me something. A big part of the sales pitch for early versions of web-supported learning was the elimination of costly trainers. e + learning. Elliott Masie's bio says he is "acknowledged as the first analyst to use the term e-Learning."

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: eLearning Guild Demo Fest: Sun MicroSystems

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Not truly a collaborative learning platform. Lots of widgets on the site View other users who are logged in and talk to them Watch videos of CEO, corporate commercials If logged in behind Sun Firewall, see Tag Cloud and more links to internal information. Game Based Learning Finding more effective ways to teach about Sun and the business.

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Origins of “eLearning”

Jay Cross

The meme of learning was replacing training. Learning is whatever gets past their personal firewalls (AKA skulls) and lodges in the brain. I can learn something; you can’t learn me something. A big part of the sales pitch for early versions of web-supported learning was the elimination of costly trainers. e + learning. Elliott Masie’s bio says he is “acknowledged as the first analyst to use the term e-Learning.”

Origins of “eLearning”

Jay Cross

The meme of learning was replacing training. Learning is whatever gets past their personal firewalls (AKA skulls) and lodges in the brain. I can learn something; you can’t learn me something. A big part of the sales pitch for early versions of web-supported learning was the elimination of costly trainers. e + learning. Elliott Masie’s bio says he is “acknowledged as the first analyst to use the term e-Learning.”

AG08 - Day 1 - Summary

eLearning Weekly

Here are the sessions I attended: Positioning your Careers in Social Networking and Collaborative Learning (Ray Jimenez). Learning 2.0: Harnessing the Potential of Contextual Informal Learning (Janhavi Padture). Mobile Learning Today and Tomorrow (Judy Brown). Briefly attended ) Storyboarding for e-Learning Video Production (Steve Haskin). Legal departments have to have that information somewhere.

Profile of a learning architect: Sebastian Graeb-Konneker

Clive on Learning

Throughout my book The New Learning Architect I take time out to look at real-life examples of great learning architects in action. In this extract, we take a look at how learning is architected within Shell, one of the world’s largest and most successful multinational corporations. Sebastian’s vision for learning covers all of the contexts that in which learning can occur at work. Like Betty, Sebastian is a champion of work-based learning, aided by technology.

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