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?

Guided Informal Learning for Sales Teams

Pract.us

Sales reps learn best on the job with support and accountability. How do you translate what they learn in books and classes to the field? A bottom-up approach to training called Guided Informal Learning may help you find the answer. And since the passive, top-down approaches of workshops, video, and sales books only get you so far, maybe it’s time to turn the whole thing on its head by using an active, hands-on, bottom-up learning method, like Guided Informal Learning.

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Closing the Learning-Acquisition Gap with Informal Learning

Learnkit

This is the same way lots of animals learn (bear with me – no pun intended). Wacky but completely true (there is a great article here if you are curious to learn more) – it also highlights well the connection between training and rewards. But this is a myopic view of things and it’s not exactly how we learn best. We aren’t pigeons and we can learn to do things in more way than one. Rolling out Informal Learning.

How Experience API (xAPI) - Tin Can API Tracks Informal Learning

Designing Digitally

Organizations can break free of the restrictions that learning management systems dictate and release learners to experience learning beyond the classroom. Learning doesn’t need to take place solely in front of a computer screen and keyboard. A system that tracks learning can take informal, social learning, or experiences in the real world and include those events alongside formal ones. For more information on how to use xAPI contact us today

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Guided Informal Learning: a Hands-on, Bottom-up Approach that Delivers Results for Small Businesses

Pract.us

Maybe it’s time to turn the whole thing on its head by using a hands-on, bottom up learning method, like Guided Informal Learning. What is Guided Informal Learning? Guided Informal Learning (GIL) starts with what your employees do everyday. They interact with colleagues and customers, use software and equipment, and learn from their experience. This “ informal learning ” constitutes the primary way your employees learn their jobs.

How (and Why) You Should Promote Informal Learning with Trainees (and the Boss)

Mindflash

Do they learn more about their job from formal training (classroom, online, etc.) or do they learn more informally (from peers, managers, etc.)? You should find out, and here’s why: Informal learning accounts for over 75% of the learning taking place in organizations today. In the past many companies viewed informal learning as a negative reflection on their formal training programs. Promoting Informal Learning with Trainees.

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. Informal Learning At The Workplace: How To Foster It Using Microlearning. L&D teams also determine how learner performance should be tracked. What Is Informal Learning?

7 Ways to Maximize Learning in Your Training Programs

QuoDeck

Every person receives training at some point in their lives, whether formal or informal. How many times have you gone to training programs as a student or a professional and been able to recall or put what you learned into practice?

Can non-formal learning be measured?

CLO Magazine

We’ve moved on to blended learning, learning journeys and learning clusters so we can chunk content into a more digestible bites of spaced learning delivered over time. Why non-formal learning? Formal learning occurs in a structured, systemic way.

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Herding Cats or Managing Informal Learning

The Learning Circuits

Kineo , a consultancy in the UK, published an interesting report earlier this year entitled 13 Ways of Managing Informal Learning. This white paper authored by Mark Harrison posits some very interesting principles in an effort to drive more attention to managing informal learning in the workplace. Harrison also provides some very good ideas on assessing the current state of informal learning. In essence, 2 types of informal learning?

What is Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Learning and Why Should You Care?

Pract.us

Sometimes we learn together and sometimes we’re on our own pace. You may have heard people talk about synchronous and asynchronous learning before. What is Synchronous Learning? Synchronous learning refers to the traditional classroom we all know and love. Students and instructor come together at the same time and place and learn a prescribed set of material at a pre-determined pace. What is Asynchronous Learning?

The 70:20:10 Model – Today, Tomorrow & Beyond

Learnnovators

ABOUT CHARLES JENNINGS (Managing Director, Duntroon Associates): Charles Jennings is a leading thinker, practitioner and consultant in the areas of performance improvement, change management, and learning. From 2002 until the end of 2008, Charles was the Chief Learning Officer for Reuters and Thomson Reuters where he had responsibility for developing the global learning and performance strategy and leading the learning organisation for the firm’s 55,000 workforce.

THE 70:20:10 MODEL – TODAY, TOMORROW & BEYOND

Learnnovators

ABOUT CHARLES JENNINGS (Managing Director, Duntroon Associates): Charles Jennings is a leading thinker, practitioner and consultant in the areas of performance improvement, change management, and learning. From 2002 until the end of 2008, Charles was the Chief Learning Officer for Reuters and Thomson Reuters where he had responsibility for developing the global learning and performance strategy and leading the learning organisation for the firm’s 55,000 workforce.

Joe Ganci – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

Joseph Ganci is President of eLearningJoe, LLC, a custom learning company located outside Washington. Since 1983, he has been involved in every aspect of multimedia and learning development. ABOUT THIS INTERVIEW SERIES: ‘ Crystal Balling with Learnnovators ’ is a thought-provoking interview series that attempts to gaze into the future of e-learning. It comprises stimulating discussions with industry experts and product evangelists on emerging trends in the learning landscape.

JOE GANCI – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS

Learnnovators

Joseph Ganci is President of eLearningJoe, LLC, a custom learning company located outside Washington. Since 1983, he has been involved in every aspect of multimedia and learning development. ABOUT THIS INTERVIEW SERIES: ‘ Crystal Balling with Learnnovators ’ is a thought-provoking interview series that attempts to gaze into the future of e-learning. It comprises stimulating discussions with industry experts and product evangelists on emerging trends in the learning landscape.

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?

April 2016 #Obsidianchat Summary

Obsidian Learning

New post April 2016 #Obsidianchat Summary on Obsidian Learning. xAPI is murky for a lot of folks, and the responses shared were extremely helpful in learning more about the topic. xAPI was designed to capture non-traditional learning activities. E.g. simulations, social learning, gaming, mentoring. You can of course also track traditional elearning with xAPI.” -@AWerkenthin. xAPI helps bridge the gap between formal and informal learning”.

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 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 Learning & Development.

What L&D Professionals Should Know About Tin Can API

Upside Learning

Ever since I first heard about the Tin Can API, I launched a full-fledged quest to learn and understand as much as I could about this development which was hailed by many in the elearning fraternity as a game-changer. That’s primarily because it has the potential to change the paradigms of workplace learning by tracking and recording learner data outside the traditional elearning environment. How did I learn about the Tin Can API. Learning happens everywhere!

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7 Steps for Developing High-Potential Employees

ej4 eLearning

In successful organizations, the strengths are used wisely, while the weaknesses are addressed through training and mentoring. They also give you concrete, measurable data you can use to track progress over time. For example, if a high-potential seems to have strength in influencing others, offer advanced courses in personal influence and team leadership, or pair the person with a mentor in a team leadership position. 4) Reinforce their learning at every step.

Why We Love Social Learning (And You Should, Too!)

TOPYX LMS

We love social learning – it’s as simple as that. If not, you may benefit from discovering more about the nature and function of the incredible thing called social learning. Once you grasp the breadth of advantages specific to social learning, you’ll sing its praises as loudly as we do. Why We Love Social Learning (And You Should, Too!). There are several key reasons why we adore social learning. The learner is an information constructor.

12 Practical Ideas to Get Employees Engaged in Training

Pract.us

Associate the training with a measurable goal and track the results. Even with soft subjects like diversity, you can use delayed employee surveys to see how the information impacts the culture (or not!). They also need to decide whether employees could use some mentoring to help them get the most out of new skills. But don’t forget that people can learn from each other. Trim out irrelevant training information. How to manage informal learning.

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Creating a knowledge-sharing culture in your organization

Learning Pool

We learn, collaborate, and share knowledge every day as we use social media, search engines and wiki sites to discover how to do stuff. So, why not apply that way of learning to the workplace and create a learning and knowledge-sharing culture in your organization?

Social InFormal – it’s the network!

Clark Quinn

Yesterday, I talked about how social added to formal learning. Today I want to extend social learning learning to informal learning. When I talked about the value social adds to formal, it was about processing the information in richer ways, to help facilitate learning. However, the value proposition for informal learning is different.

Why You Need More User-Generated Content in Your Training Program

Pract.us

But the power of peer-to-peer communication, whether face-to-face or across space and time, can actually help you capture your company’s tribal knowledge, enhance your training program, and build a learning culture. Employees create training content for their peers to learn from. User-generated content refers to anything employees create for their colleagues to reference or learn from. Some learning and development (L&D) professionals view any informal learning as UGC.

What is a Learning Management System? (2019 Update)

Docebo

Today’s enterprise learning strategies require smart solutions that go beyond the capabilities of traditional tools. A Learning Platform empowers L&D departments to drive business growth through their efforts, and a key pillar of this solution is the Learning Management System (LMS). To understand how a Learning Platform will help improve enterprise learning objectives, you must first grasp what an LMS is, why it’s an essential tool, and how to get the most out of it.

Breaking down silos between learning, engagement and performance

CLO Magazine

In many organizations, human resources, learning, engagement and performance teams work in isolation. While this isn’t always a problem, it does increase the likelihood of crossed wires, conflicting information, confused communications, duplication of effort and missed opportunities.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: The Differences Between HCM, LMS, and LXP

Degreed

In fact, the enterprise software market has correspondingly grown in size and complexity — and the learning technology market is no exception. According to a recent study by RedThread Research, there are over 250 learning technology vendors in the marketplace today.

What Can A Great Naval Tradition Teach Us About Non-Traditional Training?

Pract.us

In order to operate and succeed under these conditions, the Navy must have a culture of continuous learning supported by all levels of leadership. PQS is a set of learning standards. Sailors carry these booklets with them, looking for opportunities during the day to observe needed skills, practice them, and work with a mentor for help. It keeps learners and mentors accountable. Learners and mentors must be accountable for their participation and adherence to standards.

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What is social learning (and how to adopt it)

Docebo

Social learning can help today’s organizations keep up with the pace at which their business moves. More and more, organizations are turning to social learning to deliver exciting e- learning experiences to their customers, partners, and employees. What is social learning?

The Role of xAPI in Creating Powerful Learning Experiences for the Modern Workforce

Origin Learning

eLearning as a training medium to foster learning at the workplace has been in existence for over two decades now. From early adopters who used archaic systems to set up a lesson that could be shared on one computer with an instructor to guide employees, to modern workplace learning that’s focused on xAPI -enabled mobile learning; eLearning at the workplace has traveled a long way. SCORM was not enough to track user/learner progress. Fostering Team Learning.

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5 Ways Social Learning Can Lead to an Effective Remote Onboarding Process

Obsidian Learning

Social learning is key to the integration of new employees. Focusing on social learning elements during a remote onboarding process will ensure that new hires more quickly transform into fully functional employees. There’s so much to learn, do, keep track of.

LMS vs. LCMS

Xyleme

The Learning and Development industry, like any other, has been inundated with new technologies and tools for learning. Buzz words in the industry include e-learning, mobile learning, cloud delivery, bite-sized learning, informal learning, learning record store, and single-source content development. An LMS does not create content, but rather helps learners access it, and it also tracks course access, completion, and test scores.

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How to Improve Your Company With Continual Learning Right Now

Continu

“Continual learning” is a buzzword in the training and development world right now. But continual learning is more than that. Let’s take a look at what continual learning is, how it helps your company, and how you can use it right now to improve performance. Note: from here on out, I’ll be using “continuous learning” and “continual learning” interchangeably.). What Is Continual Learning? But isn’t that what all learning and development programs do?

Flexing Your Tools to Create Maximum-Impact Online Training

Mindflash

The management and administration tool of choice is often a Learning Management System (LMS). LMS’s provide us with enhanced capabilities and ease-of-use in creating course catalogs, launching courses, inviting and registering students, tracking progress, and assessments, among other features. Take your LMS’s functionality into full consideration to make maximum organizational impact via your learning solutions. Teaching Formally vs. Informally.

[IN DEPTH ANALYSIS] Do your employees know how to learn?

KnowledgeOne

In this knowledge-based economy that technologically evolves every day, being able to “learn how to learn” is THE key skill of the new worker. In this context, it is essential to make the most of informal learning, the spontaneous and unstructured learning that occurs in all workplaces and has an excellent, often untapped potential. Learning that needs to be known. ” Winning paths for a learning organization.

Training Method Trends

Clark Quinn

Steve Wexler who runs eLearningGuild research has been producing some really interesting information recently. He recently provided me some information about what learning delivery methods were being used and particularly if they were trending up or down. So here's the graph showing all of the trending information. LMS - Learning Management Systems - are growing at one of the fastest rates of any of the established methods. Look at mobile learning in education.

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.

LMS vs. LCMS

Xyleme

While sometimes thought to be interchangeable terms, LMS (Learning Management System) and LCMS (Learning Content Management System) platforms share a few functionalities, but couldn’t be more different. A Learning Management System (LMS) is a software application that allows a company, school, or organization to administer, document, track, and report on the delivery of educational courses and training programs. Assigned learning. Learning paths.

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