eLearning as Part of an Informal Learning Strategy

Integrated Learnings

How did most of your workplace learning occur over the past year? Much of my learning came from brainstorming with peers, participating in online forums , reading (articles, books, blogs, etc.), Do you have a similar story of unstructured, experiential, informal learning? Jay Cross, known for his informal learning research, tells us that approximately 80% of workplace learning occurs informally. Integrated Learning Services, Inc.

Informal Learning

CourseArc

While formal training plays a tremendous role in improving learners’ competencies, most real learning occurs on the job through informal knowledge sharing, coaching, and direct observations. Thus, informal learning is now becoming an indispensable part of a blended learning solution. The ultimate goal of blended learning is to combine several media in one course. Online Learning eLearning informal training

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The Importance of Informal Learning at the Workplace

Origin Learning

Earlier blog posts have stressed on how workplace learning has evolved over the years and L&D managers are re-inventing the wheel to meet the demands of the ‘millennial audience’. In this blog post, we examine ‘informal learning’ and see how it can play a major role in modern workplace learning. Understanding Informal Learning? Let’s take a simple example, you are learning to drive a car. This is a case of formal learning.

Informal learning in eLearning?

Educraft.tech - Technology meets Education

What is Informal Learning? What is the difference between Informal and Formal Learning? How can Informal Learning be applied to eLearning scenarios? This spontaneous and immediate demonstration and acquisition of knowledge is an example of informal learning.

7 Best tips For Informal Learning In Your Corporate

Your Training Edge

Sometimes different learning programs can’t give students excellent results, even though they try a lot and work hard. Informal learning is democratic schooling that is driven by learner’s affection and motivation. We advise you to read about these tips for informal Learning and use them in your project. If someone asks about informal learning – they have got into trouble in their common duties so they look through compatible articles and videos.

The role of instructional designer in social/informal learning

Spark Your Interest

One of the quandaries that instructional designers have been struggling with, is their role (if any) in informal or social learning. First of all, what exactly is informal and social learning? Informal – no set objective in terms of learning outcomes and is never intentional from the learner’s standpoint. Often, it is referred to as learning by experience or just as experience. The audience gets the right mode of training/learning.

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Formal vs. Informal Learning Explained

LearnDash

Most training events and elearning initiatives that I have come across would be considered “formal “learning. Ironically, despite formal learning being the primary method for elearning, live-training, and virtual training events, it only accounts for roughly 10% of what we learn on a day-to-day basis. The opportunity for higher quality gains is in informal learning. This means fostering an environment that is conducive to informal learning methods.

Informal Learning

Bottom-Line Performance

A recent survey that found that employees (in the UK, at least) are more interested in innovative learning and collaboration than the HR and training people in those same institutions. More HR professionals (42%) than employees (38%) wanted to see more classroom learning. Having been in both learning and HR roles, (not to mention being an employee for most of my career), These results make perfect sense to me. Undirected learning is not a straight-line sort of process.

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 see other members of the team wandering in and out of the ward but they don’t know what their role is. They might not even know what their own role is. They generally have a haphazard learning experience. Source: Location and Learning ].

ELC 060: How to Practice Evidence-informed Learning Design

The eLearning Coach

This will be the decade of maturation for the learning industry, where we apply relevant research findings from the learning sciences. I am hoping that this will be the decade of maturation for the learning industry. Disciplines that feed into the learning sciences.

Formalizing informal learning?

Clark Quinn

The Entreprise Collaborative has a new question , asking whether we can formalize informal learning. To me, it’s not about formalizing informal learning so much as explicitly supporting it versus ignoring it. Like the proverbial ’stuff’, informal learning happens. To me, it is more a matter of providing infrastructure to support informal learning, and facilitating informal learning as well. I see two roles.

Getting Formal About Informal Learning

Litmos

My Internet Time Alliance colleague, Charles Jennings, pointed me to this interesting article by Andries De Grip, titled " The importance of informal learning at work" that has interesting implications for the design of learning experiences, particularly when employees are not desk-bound, and/or in high-turnover situations. The key is to get clear about what informal learning is, and more importantly how to (and not to) leverage it.

Smart Companies Support Informal Learning

eFront

“It’s critical that training and development professionals not go overboard with command and control when they support informal learning. And since informal learning makes up the bulk of learning inside organizations, this could be a truly perilous move.” ~ Patti Shank, Director of Research at The eLearning Guild. How can we define informal learning? Workers rely most on informal learning. Learning informal learning

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.

Mobile Enables Informal Learning

Upside Learning - Mobile

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. Even though informal learning has been around for as long as we humans have been, the use of the term ‘Informal Learning’ in corporate has grown significantly in the last 5-8 years. This only emphasizes on the decreasing role of formal learning.

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). Mine is the Informal Learning Environment (ILE). In How to revamp your learning model , I propose three core components: 1. Both the OLN and ILE are modular because they comprise standalone resources or “learning objects&#.

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?

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

Pract.us

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. A native of New Zealand, Paul Matthews has always applied the practical, no-nonsense approach he learned growing up on a farm to his work in the corporate world. Informal coaching.

9 Strategies to Encourage and Drive Informal Learning in a Remote Working Environment

EI Design

Humans learn a lot informally. In fact, this is a significant way how we learned as children. In this article, you will learn how to leverage informal learning in today’s remote working environment to drive creativity, innovation, and engagement.

Informal Learning Makes Great Performances Routine

Allego

The answer is observational learning. The Power of Observational Learning. Also known as “ modeling ,” observational learning is the process of learning by witnessing a real-life example—actually seeing and hearing what ‘good’ looks like. The Role of ‘Muscle Memory’.

Using Mobile to Capture Informal Learning

Growth Engineering

Formal learning has a tendency to be just that – formal – and sometimes it fails to speak to the learner in a way they can identify with. The challenge to provide a regular stream of relevant content makes it tempting to tap the well of informal learning. With informal learning , all of the ‘content’ is tailored by the audience, for the audience. What do we mean when we talk about capturing informal learning?

This Week on #TalkTech: President Obama Endorses Games, Tablets Make Us Smarter, and the Power of Informal Learning.

Bottom-Line Performance

Our team at BLP focuses heavily on game development and design… and we believe that learning games produce results. Obama went on to say that it will be necessary for up-and-coming generations to learn programming…and similar to Zuckerberg’s case, maybe that can come from games. Should all kids learn how to program? At BLP, we believe that tablets create valuable learning experiences for everyone, including ourselves…almost all of us have iPads.

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.

8 Best practices to facilitate informal learning

Matrix

And even though formal education is definitely important and plays a big role in their development, it’s actually but a small piece of the picture. Children learn most from their parents, siblings and care takers because that is the natural way. Without ruling out traditional L&D practices, informal learning should find its way into today’s workplace. Read more: The truth about informal learning: it happens all the time, anywhere. On-demand learning.

Are You Giving Informal Learning Short Shrift?

Mindflash

Most of us know from personal experience that you learn a large percentage of what you need to know to do your work while on the job. Sure, your education gave you the basic skills and factual foundation to process new information and succeed, but most of what you end up doing at the office everyday is stuff you pick up as you go. Just 10 percent of learning occurs via formal training like classes. Informal First! According to Tracey, it’s “Informal First.”

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? QUESTION: How can you measure what people learn? QUESTION: How can we assess the ROI of informal learning? But hold it, how to you assess the ROI of formal learning? Can informal learning do any worse?

You can’t manage informal learning – only use of informal media

Jane Hart

Recently I’ve been reading more and more blog posts and articles that talk of how to “manage informal learning”, so I thought it was time for another post of my own that tries to explain how this is actually misleading, and in fact misses the big picture in terms of the importance of informal learning in the workplace, and L&D’s role in supporting it. Social 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.

6 Benefits of Informal Learning

TalentLMS

Perhaps the highest level of learning with the deepest cognitive impact is informal learning. It’s what we call those precious learning moments where passion and curiosity meet to break all motivation and knowledge barriers. It is the self-directed learning that is triggered by an intrinsic drive and continues until all objectives in performance and knowledge have been achieved. Learners enjoy the autonomy associated with informal learning.

Formal and Informal Learning: What’s the difference?

LearnUpon

Every learning and development team has one ultimate goal. Formal and informal learning are two opposing learning styles. So, let’s dive in, scrutinize each, and figure out which learning practice will work best for your organization. . What is formal and informal learning? . Formal learning is learning that is delivered “in a systematic intentional way”. Informal learning is on the other end of the spectrum.

Informal Learning Technology

Tony Karrer

There's a fantastic post by Stephen Downes - New Technology Supporting Informal Learning. So as you read this, keep in mind that Stephen was primarily talking about technology that can support a Formal Learning Event that heavily leverages Informal / Social Learning as it's primary mechanism. Training Modalities Stephen tells us at the outset: Online learning today is beginning to be dominated by developments in games, simulations and related technologies.

7 Tips To Incorporate Informal Learning Into Your Corporate eLearning Strategy

eFront

Informal learning is impromptu. In this article, we’ll share 7 tips to use informal learning into your training strategy. How To Incorporate Informal Learning Into Your Corporate Training Strategy. Informal learning usually takes the form of causal knowledge-seeking and spontaneous problem-solving. However, it can also play a prominent role in your corporate eLearning program. Informal learning is usually initiated by the learner.

Formal vs informal learning and what the LMS should do about them

Matrix

That we learn something new all the time is more than an overused cliché; it is actually fact. Every time we buy a new piece of technology, be it a smartphone, a TV or a blender, we need to learn how to use it. Adult learning is very much connected to need and usefulness and as a result it’s paramount for instructional designers to prove the importance of any material they present and allow for learners to go about finding what they think is of educational value at a certain point.

I Believe in the Many Emerging Roles for Learning and Development Professionals

Tom Spiglanin

The 70:20:10 framework helps to put the work of learning and development (L&D) organizations into perspective within the whole of employee learning ( previous article ). That leaves the question of what, if anything, should L&D do to facilitate the over 90% of learning that takes place outside of its traditional role. For just as long, employees have also been learning experientially and socially, without the help of a training organization.

Formal vs. Informal Learning: Gathering My Thoughts Post Learnchat Session Today

ID Reflections

Preamble Today's #learnchat question revolved around formal and informal learning. The initial part of the session was spent on trying to pin down the meanings—denotation as well as connotation—of formal and informal. One point that struck me was the use of the word social: Social = culture; Social = Group All learning need not be group driven or take place in groups. The way we learn is thus a manifestation of our culture, worldviews, and upbringing.

Building Informal Learning Habits

CLO Magazine

Short but disciplined upfront planning can help employees identify opportunities for informal skill development throughout their normal work day. “There’s no substitute for experience” is a common adage for those who have learned by doing during a long career. Well-designed learning can help close an experience gap, but the expression still holds truth. Self-Directed Informal Learning Experience alone can be an inefficient instructor.

Work Context Is Ground Zero for Expanded Role of Training

Living in Learning

How many impactful customer complaints are resolved in training role-plays or simulations?" If your answers range from “none” to “nada”, then another question looms large – “Why are we still pumping up to 80% of our training/learning resources into a learning context where no tangible business value is generated?” Our call-to-action breaks both traditions and paradigms and demands a level of readiness to expand our trainig role to embrace a learning ecosystem.

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4 Ways to Facilitate Informal Learning at the Workplace [Infographic]

CommLab India

Did you know that informal learning plays a bigger role in employee development than formal learning? Here are four ways to facilitate informal learning. eLearning Design Blended Learning

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.

Insights: L&D is playing a key role in supporting informal learning

Clive on Learning

This post continues my commentary to the Learning Insights 2012 Report produced by Kineo for e.learning age magazine. The second of the ten 'insights' in the report is that ‘L&D is playing a key role in supporting informal learning'. In the Learning Insights Report, they use the term in quite a restricted way, to refer to the use of digital content on an on-demand basis - resources rather than courses.