Advantages of Informal Learning for Organizations

LearnDash

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. Or maybe something from a television program has piqued our curiosity and we search Wikipedia to learn more. It reinforces formal learning.

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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Dealing with the Challenges of Guided Informal Learning

Pract.us

Colleagues learning and sharing ideas. Most business managers know intuitively that we learn our jobs by doing our jobs. Many companies, who’ve recognized this fact, have started to consider how they can harness learning by doing in their training programs. Some companies have taken a Guided Informal Learning approach, which helps them focus employee’s on-the-job training, encourage collaboration and track everyone’s progress. Learn about one here.)

When should you use Informal Learning?

Upside Learning

In his webinar titled ‘Learning isn’t what you thought it was’, Jay Cross made a strong case for informal learning. While there doesn’t seem to be any doubt about its popularity in the learning domain, the webinar set me thinking about the possible pros and cons of informal learning. What I understand from this is that informal learning mirrors this process in two ways. Firstly, it’s learning through sharing and collaboration.

The Secret to Connecting Online Training to Business Performance

Docebo

In the book 70:20:10 Towards 100% Performance , author Jos Arets outlines Fredrick Winslow Taylor’s influence on the concept of separating learning and working. . Taylor’s theory of scientific management, published in 1911, focuses on economic efficiency and assumes that efficiency is best delivered by high levels of standardization in highly-structured organizations. . The other 90% is made up of 20% social learning and 70% on-the-job, experiential learning. .

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Lance Dublin: Formalizing Informal Learning

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Tuesday, September 15, 2009 Lance Dublin: Formalizing Informal Learning [My notes from a webinar. Lance Dublin: Formalizing Informal Learning … &#%!? In a disconnected learning system: Need. Learning. Performance The Learning process is often disconnected from the need and the performance. Formal learning is intentional. [I

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.

The Cost of an Ineffective Training Program

ej4 eLearning

An average of only 10-20% of training budgets was spent on learning tools and technologies in 2016. You need engaging, scalable training that allows your employees to learn at their own pace without hindering their work. Your content needs to be motivating, informative, and most importantly, memorable. The same applies to video training; when you’re watching you can easily pause the flow of information to take notes or take a moment to think about what you just watched.

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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.

JSB on the roots of informal learning

Jay Cross

Informal Learning begins with these words: “THIS IS A BOOK about knowledge workers, twenty-first-century business, and informal learning. I first heard the term informal Learning from the late Peter Henschel, then director of the Institute for Research on Learning (IRL), who told me: People are learning all the time, in varied settings and often most effectively in the context of work itself. formal learning of all kinds ?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Informal Learning -- Getting Learners to Ask the Right Questions

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Thursday, February 22, 2007 Informal Learning -- Getting Learners to Ask the Right Questions In a post on informal learning by Ray Sims (thanks to Tony ), he lists out a whole bunch o good things "to do on behalf of increasing informal learning aligned with company strategy and goals." Bob Mosher: Performance Support and Learning at th.

Theories for the digital age: Self regulated learning

Learning with 'e's

Informal and self regulated learning are defining characteristics of 21 st Century education. Various commentators suggest that as much as seventy percent of learning occurs outside of formal educational settings (Cofer, 2000; Dobbs, 2000; Cross, 2006). One challenge for education providers is to decide whether they will support the desire of students to self regulate their learning activities using personal technologies. 2000) Informal Workplace Learning.

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.

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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.

Clive Shepherd – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

ABOUT CLIVE SHEPHERD (Founding Director – The More Than Blended Learning Company): Clive Shepherd is a consultant learning technologist. He works with a broad range of public and private sector organisations internationally, helping them to build capability in the application of new media to learning, and to transform workplace learning through the effective integration of formal, informal, on-demand and experiential 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. In doing so, you continue to learn.

What Is Social Learning? 6 Essential Elements Of A Successful Social Learning Strategy

Dan Keckan

Social learning is often misunderstood. Some people even mistake it for social media, which sells the theory short. In this article, I highlight the elements of an effective social learning strategy so you can implement it in your online training program. Social Learning Employee Engagement Free eLearning eBooks Informal Learning Social Learning Tips

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Cognitive Flexibility Theory & Multiple Representations

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Wednesday, May 09, 2007 Cognitive Flexibility Theory & Multiple Representations After reading Clarks comment on my posting from yesterday , Ive been looking into Cognitive Flexibility Theory (Spiro), trying to better understand the notion of "multiple representations." (You Bob Mosher: Performance Support and Learning at th. Getting an Informal M.Ed

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: A General Theory of Love

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Thursday, May 18, 2006 A General Theory of Love An article in National Geographic about the chemistry of love sparked a conversation with my friend Bob. He sent me a book, " A General Theory of Love." Best of Learning Visions Essential Reading for Instructional Designers The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point? Bob Mosher: Performance Support and Learning at th.

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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

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

Sahana Chattopadhyay – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

ABOUT SAHANA CHATTOPADHYAY (Social Learning & Collaboration Strategist, Performance Consultant Exploring Emergent Learning, Blogger). Sahana Chattopadhyay is a performance consultant and an L&D professional with 15 years of experience in the field of academia and organizational learning. Her passion is to help organizations become learning organizations through social and collaborative learning. The learning frameworks will have to evolve accordingly. “On-the-job”

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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?

Integrating Social Learning In The Workplace

Learnnovators

I have been writing about social learning and its related concepts – communities of practices , working out loud and skills for the networked world for quite some time now. Social learning has become a buzzword in the workplace learning space, and every other organization is claiming to have “social learning” as a part of the mix. The catch is that “social learning” cannot just be implemented or enforced. How is this change related to social learning?

Laura Overton – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

Laura Overton is the Founder and Managing Director of Towards Maturity – a not for profit benchmark practice that provides independent research to help organisations deliver improved performance through learning innovation. Her work is based on 25+ years of practical experience in implementing technology enabled learning strategies for business advantage and is backed by her independent research. What are the completion rates of a typical online learning program?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Theory vs. Application in Instructional Design: One Academics View

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Tuesday, February 12, 2008 Theory vs. Application in Instructional Design: One Academics View A long time ago, I decided I was much better at the practical side of things than the theoretical. but rather because he brings up some interesting points about the disconnect between the theory of instructional design in academia and the actual practice of it.

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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.” – Albert Bandura (Originator of Social Learning Theory) “ The research isn’t heartening.

INTEGRATING SOCIAL LEARNING IN THE WORKPLACE

Learnnovators

I have been writing about social learning and its related concepts – communities of practices , working out loud and skills for the networked world for quite some time now. Social learning has become a buzzword in the workplace learning space, and every other organization is claiming to have “social learning” as a part of the mix. The catch is that “social learning” cannot just be implemented or enforced. How is this change related to social learning?

CONNIE MALAMED – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS

Learnnovators

ABOUT CONNIE MALAMED (Learning, Information Design and Visual Communication Consultant, Author, Presenter): Connie Malamed is a learning, information design and visual communication consultant. Connie is the author of Visual Language for Designers and is currently writing a visual design book for learning designers. It comprises stimulating discussions with industry experts and product evangelists on emerging trends in the learning landscape.

Instructional Design: Something Old, Something New

Allison Rossett

A few years ago, Jim Marshall and I surveyed workplace learning professionals about elearning. Although we set out to learn about the contours of the elearning terrain, our project revealed much about instructional design practice today. Were learning professionals relying on webinars, on podcasts, on mobile learning? What of scenario-based online programs, social networks and communities, discussion boards, or personalized programs?

Instructional Design: Something Old, Something New

Allison Rossett

Tweet A few years ago, Jim Marshall and I surveyed workplace learning professionals about elearning. Although we set out to learn about the contours of the elearning terrain, our project revealed much about instructional design practice today. Were learning professionals relying on webinars, on podcasts, on mobile learning? What of scenario-based online programs, social networks and communities, discussion boards, or personalized programs?

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.

The new workplace

Jay Cross

Six years ago few people believed that informal learning made much of a difference. Today’s common wisdom is that most workplace learning is experiential, unplanned, social, and informal. Informal learning tops many training department agendas. They’ve converted a few programs but they’ve failed to improve their learning ecosystems. We’ve shifted how we think about learning since the Informal Learning book came out.

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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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. Are you concerned about cognitive overload undermining the effectiveness of your online training program? 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.

Small Changes Make a Difference

Tom Spiglanin

In my previous post, I mentioned how my role in workplace learning and development (L&D) had fundamentally changed this past year. Yet I remain optimistic, because now I can actually make a difference, guiding the next generation of our technical training programs and influencing the evolution of existing classes that are taught by our highly specialized subject matter experts, some of whom are world reknown experts in their field. Training isn’t learning.

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Looking Back at 2016

Matthew Guyan

There we small lesson that started with some simple programming and gradually built from there. Unfortunately, I didn’t keep up with it and it fell by the wayside but it’s still on my list of this to learn about for next year. Earlier this year, David Anderson ran a few screencasting challenges via E-Learning Heroes and the timing was just perfect as it gave me a chance to build some skills in this area. Learning Theory.

The black hole of adult education

E-Learning Provocateur

Despite the years of training and the millions of dollars poured into the program, he and his two cosmonaut colleagues had to rely on their collective ingenuity, tenacity and sheer luck to remain alive. Write the information down and their corner of the market would be lost. • Formal vs informal learning. • Learning styles. So the Russians want to build a research base on the moon , and they want NASA and the European Space Agency to help them.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): "Theories and Models Of and For Online Learning" (First Monday)

Mark Oehlert

The authorscontributing to this paper see this past as an incubation period forthe emergence of new teaching and learning practices. We see theneed for, and the emergence of, new theories and models of and for theonline learning environment, addressing learning in its ICT context,considering both formal and informal learning, individual and communitylearning, and new practices arising from technology use in the serviceof learning.

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