Mobile Enables Informal Learning

Upside Learning

Last week I was at the eLearning Network’s 25th Birthday Bash in London. It was a fantastic event with some great speakers and an opportunity to learn drumming. I spoke (for 5 min) on how mobile enables informal learning. Informal Learning.

Beware who's selling informal learning

Clive on Learning

There is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that historically we have underplayed the importance of informal learning, whether that's experiential, on-demand or social. I'm equally convinced that, with the proliferation of great social networking tools and the ever-increasing confidence that learners are displaying when it comes to managing their own learning, informal learning should rightfully play a central role in our future learning architectures.

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Doctoring the Informal Learning Environment

E-Learning Provocateur

Recently Anne Marie blogged Location and Learning (which I have reproduced here) and she asked me whether or not I consider her central idea an example of an Informal Learning Environment (ILE). They generally have a haphazard learning experience.

How We Use Social Media for Informal Learning

Bottom-Line Performance

Vendors talk about social learning like its something revolutionary, but I’m here to tell you its not. Informal learning is an everyday thing. Social media tools are just another platform we use to learn from each-other and find information serendipitously.

Social Learning Has Its Place…And Informal Learning Does Too.

Social Learning

Two weeks ago Jane Hart wrote an article titled, Social Learning: to be or not to be? , in which Jane expresses her dislike of the term Social Learning (big S, big L). That being said, I believe Jane’s first misstep occurs when she uses the term Social Learning (big S, big L).

Learn Informal Learning Informally

Jay Cross

Next month I’ll be offering an experiential workshop on Informal Learning through Jane Hart’s Social Learning Center. Hands-on experiential learning. Network socially with Socialcast, Buddypress, GoToMeeting, Google+. You learn by doing.

Open Learning Network vs Informal Learning Environment

E-Learning Provocateur

In the comments section of my previous post, Mike Caulfield kindly pointed me to the article Envisioning the Post-LMS Era: The Open Learning Network by Jonathan Mott. Mott’s blueprint is the Open Learning Network (OLN). It formalises the informal.

Controversy over Informal Learning

Jay Cross

When the book on informal learning came out, nay-sayers attacked me as some kind of loony. QUESTION: How do you know that informal learning works? ANSWER: How did you learn to walk and talk? How did you learn to kiss? Can informal learning do any worse?

I Believe in the Importance of a Personal Learning Network

Tom Spiglanin

When I started using Twitter for my professional growth and development, I didn’t realize that I was also starting to build my personal learning network. I simply found myself tweeting at a learning and development conference using its hashtag and others began connecting with me.

Informal learning happens all the time, anywhere


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.

The Value of Personal Learning Networks

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The key to informal learning is autonomy

Jane Hart

He writes: “I thought I had made a sound business case for investing more in informal learning, but few organizations changed their ways. They acted as if the natural way of informal learning didn’t exist. Social learning

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How to Harness Informal Learning

Rob Hubbard

Informal learning, like the scenario above, takes place constantly in most organisations. It is estimated that probably as much of 80% of learning within an organisation is informal, with formal training constituting the other 20%. What is informal learning?

The Burden to Have an Informed Opinion

Tom Spiglanin

I was taking a stand against accommodating learning styles and cited several online articles supporting my position. Nothing I could say or do, including offering the original research about the ineffectiveness of accommodating learning styles, would be heard.

Slack Vs. Hipchat: Which Works Best for Informal Learning?


Both are methods for informal communication. Both make learning from colleagues easier than ever. Find out why informal learning and person-to-person communication is such a vital part of ELM culture. The post Slack Vs. Hipchat: Which Works Best for Informal Learning?

Class is over; now what? Informal learning in the workplace

Obsidian Learning

When you’re designing learning, don’t overlook the importance of informal learning. This is learning that takes place outside of the classroom or the eLearning activity. In fact, we typically learn more from informal learning than from formal learning experiences.

Impact of informal learning: output learning #LCBQ

Challenge to Learn

The question of the month #LCBQ is: How do you assess whether your informal learning, social learning, continuous learning and performance support initiatives have the desired impact or if they achieve the desired results? The what: Output learning.

The Connected Educator: Building a Professional Learning Network

Allison Rossett

Her topic– personal learning networks, also known as PLNs. Here is a way for people to turn their interest in lifelong, independent learning AND social connections into a way of life. PLNs connect them with a global network of contacts and resources.

The Connected Educator: Building a Professional Learning Network

Allison Rossett

Her topic– personal learning networks, also known as PLNs. Here is a way for people to turn their interest in lifelong, independent learning AND social connections into a way of life. PLNs connect them with a global network of contacts and resources.

Making the most of Informal Learning

Jane Hart

Tomorrow I am going to be chairing an all-day event in Bristol for the eLearning Network, called Making the most of Informal Learning. Here’s a brief overview of the event: “We know how important informal learning is in the workplace, but how do we encourage it?

Sahana Chattopadhyay – Crystal Balling with 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.

I Believe in the Value of Connectedness

Tom Spiglanin

Through experience, they’ve developed their own networks consisting of connections that span across organizational bounds. Such networks are characterized by influence, not authority. Also unlike the workplace, there are no hierarchies or authority within the public network.

21 Brilliant Resources for Up-skilling Learning Designers (for the Informal & Social Learning Age)


THE QUOTE: “ Instructional designers need to run, not walk, away from classroom-thinking and get to the point of providing short, quick business focused learning points that are easily accessible when and where our learners need them. THE JOURNEY: We, like many out there, are of the view that, though most learning designers possess good levels of skills around the traditional training (formal learning) area, their skill levels fall short around the informal or social learning areas.

Ridiculous research findings on informal learning

Jay Cross

companies spent money on informal learning tools or services last year. Most informal learning takes place despite training departments, not because of them. Informal learning is mushrooming as organizations implement social software.

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Informal learning and Stoos management in four slides (Netflix)

Jay Cross

Harold Jarche posted this to the internal Internet Time Alliance network yesterday: “Check out slides 115-118″ [link] I did. I’m writing the sequel to Informal Learning. Informal Learning Unmanagement Working Smarter informal learning informl jaycross netflix

Time for a New Look at Learning: Or What I Learned from Reading “Informal Learning at Work”

Your team learns informally all the time. You can support those efforts for more learning bang for your buck. With a shift in your views about what learning is, you can still build a powerful learning organization and demonstrate the value to executives at the same time.

Six Obstacles To Building Communities In Organizations


I have written before about the fallibility of trying to have social learning as a bolt-on strategy , on the role of social technology as an avenue for building communities in organizations , and the importance of building communities to facilitate emergent learning.

Demystifying Working Out Loud


It has helped me to develop my personal learning network (PLN) and enabled my PKM. An approach that implies networking for personal benefits. The workforce is ubiquitously connected, networked, and mobile. I deal with sensitive information and data.

Re-imagining Work & Learning in a Networked World

ID Reflections

I thought I''d do the same from an L&D and workplace learning perspective. The former identifies shifts in specific areas that will and already are having a far-reaching impact on the way we work, learn, communicate, and engage with the environment and society.

Social, Informal Learning Can Be ?Measured

CLO Magazine

Key performance indicators for social and informal learning identify knowledge hubs and lead to better results. Where the changes show up is in the data points companies analyze in conjunction with social and informal learning.

How to evaluate social and informal learning

Jay Cross

Dan Pontefract had a great post on TrainingWreck about the inadequacy of the Kirkpatrick model in a world where learning is increasingly collaborative and networked. Dan takes the logic further than I did last week in my post on how to assess learning initiatives.

I Believe in the Value of Sharing

Tom Spiglanin

According to Wenger, 1 learning and sharing are critical elements in establishing one’s identity in a social community. That’s true for the work community as well as in public networks. As Wenger points out, identity is a powerful incentive for learning and sharing.

Informal Learning Calls for Hands-off Management by Pamela S. Hogle

Learning Solutions Magazine

Social media platforms make it easy to develop large “professional” learning networks. A learning network can arise around. use of the same software tool, discussion of learning strategy or eLearning design and development models, or exploration. Learn about it here! of content on the same topic. Management Performance Support Social Media

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.