Is Informal Learning The Same As Social Learning?

Upside Learning

Very often I find that informal and social learning are grouped together. Social Learning Social Learning is participating with others to make sense of new ideas. Social Learning Informal Learning Sure there are some overlaps between the two, but they are not necessarily one and the same. Let's start by looking at their definitions.

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. So, how can eLearning professionals include informal learning in their training curriculum?

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Evaluating Informal Learning

Dashe & Thomson

My colleague, Andrea May came back from ASTD International Conference & Exposition (ICE), which was held in Dallas in May of this year, raving about a presentation on “Evaluating Informal Learning.” She knows that I have been blogging about learning evaluation for the past couple of years—mostly Kirkpatrick but also [.] The post Evaluating Informal Learning appeared first on Social Learning Blog. Evaluation Informal Learning

Informal Learning Research Report

Jane Hart

Inthis new E-Learning Guild Survey Research Report,Informal Learning Takes Off, Iexamine the results of a survey about informal learning in the workplace. The results show that there are nowmany interpretations of the term informal learning – from non-traditional approaches to training to autonomous, unplanned individual and team learning. The main informal learning activities […]. Social learnin

5 Ways Informal Learning Gets Learners Engaged and Excited

Docebo

Informal learning encourages learning in the flow of work – here are 5 ways to help you make it happen. In fact, those formal learning situations are becoming less of a fixture in L&D as awareness grows around the need to foster and encourage more informal learning opportunities. . A recent report by the Conference Board of Canada found that 62% of learning activity in Canadian workplaces is informal, compared with only 38% formal learning.

Evaluating Informal Learning

Dashe & Thomson

My colleague, Andrea May came back from ASTD International Conference & Exposition (ICE), which was held in Dallas in May of this year, raving about a presentation on “Evaluating Informal Learning.” She knows that I have been blogging about learning evaluation for the past couple of years—mostly Kirkpatrick but also [.] The post Evaluating Informal Learning appeared first on Social Learning Blog.

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

Dashe & Thomson

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). Jane claims that “Social Learning has come to refer exclusively to the use of social media in top-down, formal learning.” She also states that “social learning (small S, small L) happens continuously – freely and openly – in everything we do – in work, learn and study.”.

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.

Informal Learning Takes Centre Stage

B Online Learning

This article from HCAMAG.COM discusses how informal learning which now accounts for up to 90% of learning in the workplace, and social media are now making inroads into this area of corporate life. It features B Online Learning’s eLearning strategies and observations from our eLearning [.]. eLearning News Informal Learning eLearning strategy informal learning social learningShare. Tweet. Pin It.

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.

Practice and Sharing: The Keys to Success

B Online Learning

These were the two messages that stood out over three days in Sydney at the iDesignX Australian Instructional Design Conference (21st March) sponsored by B Online Learning and Articulate and the eLearning Design Workshops with Tom Kuhlmann and David Anderson (22nd and 23rd March).

Informal Learning For Startups: Preparing For Internal Social Collaboration

QuoDeck

Classroom teaching has been debunked for newer forms of learning and engagement across organizations. Interestingly, startups seem to be the ones driving companies towards such learning. The Use Of Informal Learning For Startups. Working in any organization involves learning, and at different levels. The most common approach is a presentation and exemplifying, followed by learning and then repetition. 3 Steps To Develop An Informal Learning Strategy.

Informal Learning in the Workplace Survey

Jane Hart

I am working with the E-Learning Guild on a research project about the current state of informal learning in the workplace. What types of informal learning are going on inside your organization? Please share your insight by completing the Informal Learning in the Workplace survey. Social learning The results of this survey will be analyzed and shared [.].

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10 Informal Learning Examples

Ed App

Informal learning is learning out of the curriculum and has no set structure. It gives control and flexibility to learners as information is consumed at their own pace and can happen anytime. . Informal Learning Example # 1 – Weekly Trivia Quizzes.

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.

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. Just Plain Learning Social Learning Design

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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 don’t recognise the social worker or the pharmacist or the OT. They generally have a haphazard learning experience. But placements are very rich environments with many unique opportunities to learn. Source: Location and Learning ].

Informal Learning Center

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

People acquire the skills they use at work informally — talking, observing others, trial-and-error, and simply working with people in the know. Formal training and workshops account for only 5% to 20% of what people learn from experience and interactions. Order the Informal Learning book or read a summary or download the Informal Learning Poster. What is Informal Learning? Start with these: What’s informal learning?

8 Social Features You Need on Your LMS

Growth Engineering

Social features are becoming the default for today's most successful learning platforms. Explore 8 must-have social learning features that you need on your LMS! The post 8 Social Features You Need on Your LMS appeared first on Growth Engineering.

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?

The key to informal learning is autonomy

Jane Hart

Jay Cross, the author of the 2007 seminal book, Informal Learning, Rediscovering the Natural Pathways that Inspire Innovation and Performance , recently wrote a blog post in which he explained that although there has been a lot of talk about “informal learning” in the last five years, there has been very little action. They acted as if the natural way of informal learning didn’t exist. Social learning

Do you have a Social Media Policy?

B Online Learning

A while ago I attended a conference presentation, called Letting It All In: Social Media & Policy in Your Organisation by Michelle Lentz. The session allowed attendees the chance to reflect on why we need a social media policy and how to get started. eLearning News eLearning Strategy Informal Learning Mobile Learning Social Media collaboration elearning eLearning strategy informal informal learning online learning social study online technology

Blended Learning: What’s all the fuss about?

B Online Learning

There has been a bit of hype at the beginning of this year about blended learning and it seems to be a topic at this year’s Learning Technologies 2015 conference in the UK. I’ve always had a bit of a love/hate relationship with the term ‘blended learning’. The traditional idea of a blended learning environment […].

How to Get Ahead in the eLearning Industry

B Online Learning

Articulate eLearning Design eLearning Development eLearning News Facilitating eLearning Informal Learning Social Media elearning eLearning content instructional design Master elearning Course online learning social learning I recently received an email from a past Master eLearning Course (MEC) student wondering what else she could do to keep her new eLearning skills fresh and up to date.

Research Brief: Measuring the ROI of Informal Learning

Docebo

We know people learn and retain more information through informal channels , on-the-job experience and coaching, but most companies still expect their people to gain the bulk of their knowledge through more formal, structured means. In fact, studies have shown that most learners forget up to 90% of what they learn over time. Measuring the ROI of Informal Learning. The post Research Brief: Measuring the ROI of Informal Learning appeared first on Docebo.

Social Learning as Part of Your L&D Strategy

Dashe & Thomson

Informal learning and training have been on the rise in organizations across the globe, and social learning has become an increasingly hot topic in L&D departments as more organizations look to leverage the expertise of their subject matter experts (SMEs).

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. Getting Social.

Can Bill Gates Lead the Informal Learning Revolution?

Dashe & Thomson

A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to hear Julie Dirksen , an instructional designer from Minneapolis, give a presentation on the use of games in learning. leveling (the strategic increase in difficulty over a period of time) and other psychological techniques and I left wanting to learn more. I stumbled upon an article about an effort by the Gates Foundation to swing the direction of education standards with a mega-investment in digital learning.

Informal learning:formal recognition

Learning Cafe

As a result of using either a sophisticated Learning Management System or a simple spreadsheet, we know how to record the outcomes, assessment results etc of formal learning. Learning records are included on our CVs and in this sense are somewhat precious. Formal learning is recognisable and recognised. We are also aware of the value of informal learning; the things we learn from others, through work place and life experiences.

Encourage Informal Learning with an LMS

TOPYX LMS

How did you learn the colloquialisms of the region in which you live? Did you take a structured, formal class, or did you learn the terms by hearing the language of others? 100 bucks says you learned to speak colloquially by hearing the speech of your family and friends and following suit. This method of learning is called informal learning. Sometimes it is referred to as social learning. How an LMS Encourages Informal Learning.

Why you should start measuring informal learning today

Docebo

That most organizations simply don’t have a mechanism in place for measuring the ROI of informal and social learning in the workplace is more than just a matter of being “behind the times.”. It’s that some teams are missing a critical opportunity to harness all the invaluable knowledge hidden just below the surface — and just out of reach of many learning strategies. Overall, organizations aren’t so great at measuring learning.

The Evolution of eLearning – A Science Geeks Perspective

B Online Learning

Articulate eLearning Design eLearning Development eLearning Strategy Informal Learning Social Media adult learning principles authoring tools elearning eLearning content eLearning course design online learning rapid authoring tools storyline technologyIf you’ve had a chance to read my last blog you may have guessed that I have a general dislike for most formal education.

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.

Social Media for Informal Learning: Part 1

ATD Learning Technologies

The proliferation of social media has re-ignited interest in informal learning processes. In the first of three articles, we identify five social media tools that you’re probably already familiar with that you can use to support informal learning in your organization. Click here to read full version

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? In this event, we will look at real-world case studies in which social media is making a positive impact within an organisation. Tweet.

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? All these terms have one common denominator; they all are non-formal learning activities and processes. So in fact you can ask the same question for formal learning activities. The what: Output learning.