Fostering A Culture Of Transformative Learning Through Informal Learning Experiences

Dan Keckan

This article discusses the essence of Mezirow’s transformative learning theory and provides examples for applying the theory in workplace settings through informal self-directed learning experiences. Instructional Design Informal Learning Informal Learning Tips Instructional Design Theories

What is Informal Learning?

LearnUpon

When you think of the concept of learning, what do you imagine? These are all substantial aspects of learning, but in truth, learning isn’t always so by the numbers. Informal learning is a type of learning that happens every day, whether we realize it or not. Organic, unstructured, and learner-driven, informal learning theory is thought to be how we, as humans, learn around 90% of the time. What is informal learning?

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Great and small

E-Learning Provocateur

We may alternately use pedagogy to mean the general approach to teaching and learning. In this broader sense it’s an umbrella term that may also cover andragogy – the teaching of adults – and heutagogy – self-determined learning. Thus it aligns to the learning nature of andragogy.

Learning theories for the digital age

Learning with 'e's

I pointed out recently that many of the older theories of pedagogy were formulated in a pre-digital age. I blogged about some of the new theories that seem appropriate as explanatory frameworks for learning in a digital age. Is it now time for these new theories to replace the old ones? Are the old theories still adequate to describe the kinds of learning that we witness today in our hyper-connected world? Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e''s

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.

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.

Everybody’s Got Something To Teach…!!!

Learnnovators

When I joined as an ID at Learnnovators , the first thing that one of my colleagues told me was that an ID must have a great passion for learning. I don’t know if I am learning as how she meant it, but I do end up learning something new every minute. To make this clear, let me talk about a lesson I learned in civics class at school: Every citizen has a voice and opinion in the matters of the country. We end up learning even when we are not consciously learning.

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“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.

The Powerful Secret Behind Your Learning Style

Learnnovators

What’s your learning style? It’s a hard choice, especially since according to one comprehensive study there are over 71 learning styles from a range of different models. The good news is that there is a powerful secret behind your learning style. It’s so powerful that it could transform how you approach learning. The secret is… that learning styles don’t matter. That doesn’t mean that my learning from them is more compared to someone who prefers audio.

Deeper eLearning Design: Part 5 – Emotion

Learnnovators

The goal of this series is to build upon good implementations of instructional design, and go deeper into the nuances of what makes learning really work. Here we’re talking about the role of emotion in learning, and we’ll close by finally putting it all together. We want to shift from creating content to designing learning experiences. To start, we need to understand the effects of emotions on learning. Confidence: Confidence is another factor in learning.

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Inspiring E-Learning Quotes from the Great Masters

Learnnovators

THE JOURNEY: Where is e-learning heading? If you had been following us, you would already know that it’s almost a year since we started publishing our Crystal Balling interview series with some of the great masters in the e-learning industry. This campaign that we launched on 15th November 2013 was the culmination of our die-hard commitment to promote ‘good learning’. How would people learn in future? The future of e-Learning is wide open!

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. “ Wilkinson proposed building out the entire GLG office to accommodate “activity-based working”–the theory that employees no longer need personal workstations so much as they need many different settings in which to meet, collaborate, or focus, depending on which tasks they’re working on. In theory, we know this is what will work in the long run.

Paper Cuts

Learnnovators

I’ve been tinkering with it and, in the spirit of Virtual Reality Working Out Loud Week , I’ve decided to share with you what I’ve learned so far. Thankfully I stumbled on this article by Phil Nickinson and learned that instead of starting at the map and uploading your photo sphere, you start at the photo sphere in your phone’s image gallery and share it to Maps. My VR learning journey thus far may be described as joy punctuated by disappointment.

E-Learning Provocateur: Volume 2

E-Learning Provocateur

Following the modest success of my first book , I decided to fulfil the promise of its subtitle and publish E-Learning Provocateur: Volume 2. As in the first volume, my intent is to provoke deeper thinking across a range of e-learning related themes in the workplace, including: • social business. • informal learning. • mobile learning. • critical theory.

Games in Learning: Review of Grockit.com

Dashe & Thomson

Those of you who visit the Social Learning Blog frequently will know by now that I’ve been on something of a “games-in-learning” kick for a while. What’s not to love about a learning strategy that is informative and empirically proven to be effective, yet engaging and entertaining at the same time? Gaming Theory elearning Informal Learning interactive learning peer-to-peer learning social learning social learning theory web-based training

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Have You Had Your Daydream Today?

Obsidian Learning

on Obsidian Learning. She describes the two kinds of thinking we use when learning or problem solving: focused and diffuse. Focused thinking, just as you’d expect, is when we exert our brainpower and attention to the problem at hand or to learning new content. As a refresher, here are the types of waves in order of highest to lowest frequency: Interesting Facts about Learning and Brainwaves. Your creativity and learning will benefit!

E-Learning Provocateur: Volume 1

E-Learning Provocateur

The book is entitled E-Learning Provocateur: Volume 1 and my intent is to provoke deeper thinking across a range of themes in the modern workplace, including: • social media. • learning theory. • learning styles. • blended learning. • informal learning. • mobile learning. • the future of e-learning.

Something all learning pro’s should do

E-Learning Provocateur

Learn a language. I don’t mean a programming language (although the theory probably still holds). Now YOU are the one on a steep learning curve. But in no uncertain terms I reminded myself of what works and what doesn’t in the learning process. All those fundamental pedagogical principles that had faded into the background came flooding back with avengeance… Instructivism and formal learning. Constructivism, connectivism and informal learning.

The Death of the Traditional Web: Implications for Self-Directed Learning

Dashe & Thomson

Essentially the Web is not just evolving gradually as it absorbs the impact of smartphones and social media; it’s changing so radically that it might be better to look at what’s happening as the birth of an entirely new concept of internet interactivity and learning. What do these little kernels of information tell us? This means information will, by default, need to be increasingly bite sized. That’s the future of self-directed learning.

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Learning is Everybody’s Business

Origin Learning

Facebook 1 Twitter 3 Google+ 2 LinkedIn 5 Pinterest 0 In our previous blog , we articulated how a judicious mix of instructor-led and online learning strategies will make your organization conducive for learning. In this section, we focus on how learning has pervaded every sphere of life in a manner that is informal and social. Basically, learning per se has become a social cognitive process. So much that learning and working have become inter-changeable terms.

E-Learning Provocateur: Volume 1

E-Learning Provocateur

The book is entitled E-Learning Provocateur: Volume 1 and my intent is to provoke deeper thinking across a range of themes in the modern workplace, including: • social media. • learning theory. • learning styles. • blended learning. • informal learning. • mobile learning. • the future of e-learning.

The Power of People in Learning

Litmos

There are implications for formal learning and for informal. The Cognitive Story behind Social Learning. Why does social learning work at all? Research and theory have converged on a realization that we build models to explain the world and predict outcomes. Importantly, that means that even if you and I are exposed to the same information, we won’t necessarily interpret it the same way. This is particularly the case with complex information.

2010: My blogging year recapped

E-Learning Provocateur

Learning theory & instructional design. • Taxonomy of Learning Theories. • Theory-informed instructional design tips. • The two faces of blended learning. • Art vs (Information) Science. Informal learning. • How to revamp your learning model. • Open Learning Network vs ILE. • Art vs (Information) Science. • Greetings from the E-Learning Provocateur.

Learning Theory - Enterprise 2.0 - Social Software - eLearning Learning Weekly Hot List

eLearning Learning Posts

eLearning Learning Hot List. Top 100 Learning Game Resources - Upside Learning Blog , June 24, 2009. SharePoint vs. Social Media - Engaged Learning , June 22, 2009. Where Organizations Go Wrong With e-Learning - MinuteBio , June 20, 2009. It’s not enough to be a professional, you also have to act like one - Clive on Learning , June 25, 2009. Learning Visions , June 26, 2009. Clive on Learning , June 22, 2009. Learning Theory (7).

10 Informal Learning Activities to Boost Employee Engagement

KnowledgeAnywhere

When we think of a learning environment, we most often think of a classroom. 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). Specific objectives tell the student what they need to learn by the end of the formal learning course. An exam (or another method) assesses what the student has learned.

A Case For Informal Learning

CLO Magazine

Informal learning has answers to some of the most pressing educational challenges organizations face. ” These early academic experiences may have contributed to the eventual development of Bandura’s influential ideas about self-directed learning, observation and imitation. In the last decade, globalization and the rampant availability of highly interactive technologies have altered the modern definition of social learning and its practice.

What is the 70:20:10 Model? Less Than 100 Words

Roundtable Learning

The 70:20:10 Model for Learning and Development is a commonly used formula within the training profession. The model describes the optimal sources of learning, suggesting that individuals obtain knowledge, skills, and abilities in their jobs mostly when doing hands-on experiences.

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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.

Theories for the digital age: Connectivism

Learning with 'e's

Learning in the industrialised world can now be contextualised within a largely technological landscape, where the use of digital media is assuming increasing importance. Much of this learning is informal, (Commentators such as Cofer (2000), Cross (2006) and Dobbs (2000) place the proportion of informal learning at around 70%) and is also generally location independent. One highly visible theory is Connectivism (Siemens, 2004).

Blended and Distributed Learning Case Study

Obsidian Learning

New post Blended and Distributed Learning Case Study on Obsidian Learning. Used to working long days, very positive about learning opportunities, open-minded. Commitment to active learning – Company culture supports an interactive learning approach. To save both time and money, we leveraged existing content as appropriate, and bolstered skills transfer by increasing interactivity and hands-on learning while shortening the overall ILT experience to 4.5

The black hole of adult education

E-Learning Provocateur

Write the information down and their corner of the market would be lost. For a fledgling language student like myself there is no more difficult way of learning space systems than by lectures delivered entirely in Russian … I learned very little during the 4:00PM to 6:00PM lecture time-slot, other than how to appear attentive while daydreaming. • Formal vs informal learning. • Learning styles.

Power of informal learning in developing managers

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Here’s a six-year old article on informal learning I discovered while Googling for material on learning transfer. Informal Learning and the Transfer of Learning: How Managers Develop Proficiency. Informal learning occurs in the presence of both action and reflection (Watkins & Marsick, 1992) and includes “self-directed learning, networking, coaching, mentoring, performance planning.

6 Best Practices For Applying Spaced Learning In Online Training

Obsidian Learning

New post 6 Best Practices For Applying Spaced Learning In Online Training on Obsidian Learning. In this article, I’ll highlight the best practices for applying Spaced Learning in your online training strategy, so that you can improve knowledge retention and recall among your staff members. How To Apply Spaced Learning In Online Training. There are a number of people that we can thank for Spaced Learning; R. Tie new information to existing knowledge.

Power to the People – 5 Reasons to Embrace a Pull Learning Strategy

Rob Hubbard

We’re so used to self-directed learning these days that we forget we’re even doing it. We have come to expect this kind of on-demand learner-led learning in our everyday lives, why should learning in the workplace be any different? Learning at work should not just be about someone telling you a bunch of facts and then expecting you to go away and remember it all. Learning should also be continuous, self-directed and personalised – ‘pull’ rather than ‘push’.

Informal Learning: Any Way You Want It, Any Time You Need It

CLO Magazine

Informal learning has answers to some of the most pressing educational challenges organizations face. ” These early academic experiences may have contributed to the eventual development of Bandura’s influential ideas about self-directed learning, observation and imitation. In the last decade, globalization and the rampant availability of highly interactive technologies have altered the modern definition of social learning and its practice.

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Informal and Non-Formal Workplace Learning

The E-Learning Curve

One of the central components of the impact of learning (and specifically the development of information workers’ expertise in organizations) is the context within which the learning takes place. The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals.

M-Learning via the iPhone 4 – some approaches and technologies

The E-Learning Curve

Last time, I investigated mobile learning (m-learning) in the context of its parent domain e-learning and I outlined some types and characteristics of devices that enable the delivery of m-learning. The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals.

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?

February 2016 #obsidianchat Summary

Obsidian Learning

New post February 2016 #obsidianchat Summary on Obsidian Learning. For our first real foray into the world of Twitter chats this month, we dove head first with the topic of blended and distributed learning and their application in adult L&D. We wanted to hear from the learning community on the design and delivery of both blended learning and distributed learning methods. Q1: What’s your understanding of blended or distributed learning?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Another take on Cognitive Load Theory

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Wednesday, April 18, 2007 Another take on Cognitive Load Theory The authors of the Eide Neurolearning Blog weigh in on recent research and articles on cognitive load (including the death of Powerpoint that have been talked about here ). While they recognize that some of this info is useful for understanding ways to effectively present information, ".the