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

The Performance Improvement Blog

Informal learning in organizations is finally being recognized as a key aspect of employee development and performance improvement. But how do you evaluate something that is as unpredictable and serendipitous as informal learning? Learning occurs in "informal" (another term that I don’t like but is gaining traction) settings and online, as well as in the classroom. This approach can become somewhat automated using technologies like Video Traces.

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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.

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 Informal Learning Bubble: Will it Burst?

Bottom-Line Performance

Nevertheless, it is commonly quoted that 75% of what we learn is “informal.” ” (See Marcia Connor’s 2004 article on Informal Learning to see the research on this.) Connor explains: “Most learning doesn’t occur during formal training programs. Informal learning is…what happens the rest of the time.”. There is also informal, yet ”accidental” learning that comes from self-study, exploring, and internet surfing.

How We Use Social Media for Informal Learning

Bottom-Line Performance

Vendors talk about social learning like its something revolutionary, but I’m here to tell you its not. Informal learning is an everyday thing. Social media tools are just another platform we use to learn from each-other and find information serendipitously. They either can’t see the value or simply don’t want to have to learn a new “thing.” Other times, they neglect to post mission critical information in the new location.

Online Tools for Evaluating Informal Learning

The Performance Improvement Blog

Learning occurs in "informal" (another term that I don’t like but is gaining traction) settings and online, as well as in the classroom. How can we know what is learned informally and what difference that learning makes to the success of an organization? Some of the methods being used in informal science education could be applied more broadly to informal and online learning in business, nonprofit, and government settings.

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

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.

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?

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.

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?

Informal Learning Technology

Tony Karrer

There's a fantastic post by Stephen Downes - New Technology Supporting Informal Learning. In his post, he really is looking primarily at the University of Manitoba's Connectivism Course that he designed and delivered with George Siemens to 2200 students in Fall 2008 and you can tell that he's busy thinking about the technology behind the Fall 2009 course. There's a lot to learn from that experience. eLearning Technology.

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.

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. He articulates his position as such: “…a one-or-the-other choice between the two is a false choice between knowledge-dissemination technologies and community-building tools. Mott’s blueprint is the Open Learning Network (OLN). Mine is the Informal Learning Environment (ILE).

How to Value Informal Learning

Degreed

Digital technology has drastically changed the way we learn and consume content. We gravitate towards solutions that are quick and easy, and as a result, informal options – social and on-demand learning – account for the bulk of workers’ development. The most advanced L&D teams are embracing the trend towards informal, collaborative and social. But truly measuring the value of informal learning can be tricky. Strategy Informal Learning

Informal Learning Part 1 from Jay Cross

ID Reflections

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The Importance of Informal Learning

LearnDash

When it comes to learning, most of today’s technology and methodology is centered around formal programs. In fact, every single one of the consulting projects I participated in was for formal learning. But as many of us know, not all learning is formal. Often there is more learning done in an informal manner. The trouble with informal learning is that it can be difficult to measure – if at all.

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. Companies have long used observational learning to develop higher-performing employees: for example, pairing new hires with veteran employees for on-the-job training (“shadowing”). Modern Learning Science of Learning

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.

Capturing Informal Learning in the Workplace

GO1

Traditionally, most workplaces carried out the majority of learning and development through formal learning channels, such as training courses, workshops and seminars. These days, we’re seeing less traditional methods of knowledge sharing gaining in popularity – methods that we refer to as informal learning. However, while evaluating the results of traditional learning is quite straightforward, […].

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.

Why Informal Learning Demands Informal Assessments

Degreed

For those of you like me that aren’t math wizards, that’s about 45 years where most of your learning happens in a professional setting, i.e. while you’re on the job. And most of that on-the-job learning happens outside of training classes, in the job-related information you consume and tasks you complete each day. That’s a huge amount of informal learning over the course of a career. Strategy Informal Learning Learning Analytics

How to Harness Informal Learning

Rob Hubbard

Informal learning, like the scenario above, takes place constantly in most organisations. It is estimated that probably as much of 80% of learning within an organisation is informal, with formal training constituting the other 20%. Experts disagree on the importance of informal learning in helping to achieve organisational goals but it is clear that it is something that organisations should, at least, acknowledge when designing their learning strategies.

Class is over; now what? Informal learning in the workplace

Obsidian Learning

When you’re designing learning, don’t overlook the importance of informal learning. This is learning that takes place outside of the classroom or the eLearning activity. In fact, we typically learn more from informal learning than from formal learning experiences. How can you make learning continue to be effective after the learner closes the browser window or leaves the classroom? Build a Learning Culture.

Overcoming Fears to Embrace Informal Learning

Allego

In a previous post we took a closer look at thinking holistically about employee development and embracing the informal learning activities people not only prefer but seek out on their own. Any strategy that ignores this 90% of professional learning already taking place outside the confines of structured learning programs is missing a tremendous opportunity to elevate sales rep performance across the most critical metrics.

Lance Dublin: Formalizing Informal Learning

Learning Visions

Lance Dublin: Formalizing Informal Learning ….&#%!? Presented by Training Magazine Network Diagram of the learning process: Input: you can get input in lots of ways Organize Apply Evaluate (in a wheel – each of these is a subprocess) Looking first at 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

Pro Tip: Support Informal Learning with Formal Training

ATD Learning Technologies

Modern learning truth: everything’s a blend. Our audience learns perpetually; they turn to Google and each other when they need to know something immediately. As learning and development professionals, we need to adapt our design and facilitation approach to accommodate this new global, mobile, social, and always-changing reality. We already struggle to gain buy-in from stakeholders when we update technology or learning models. Want to learn more?

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. Formal and informal learning – two peas in the same pod. There has been a lot of talk lately about formal and informal learning in organizations. Read more: How technology can change formal learning.

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.

Learning Technology: How it can support workers to deliver results

Docebo

Learning and development’s future is set to be impacted by three key factors. . Meanwhile, new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, are expected to increase labor productivity by 40% , representing a clear indication that the need for skills development in those areas is paramount to enabling these new workers to do their jobs properly, while equipping them with the knowledge they need to adapt to change as those technologies continue to evolve. .

Social Technology, Community Management & Organizational Development

Learnnovators

The diagram below by Dion Hinchcliffe is a succinct illustration of how digital technology has been and will continue to play a key role in bringing about this change. The diagram traces the evolution of different social technology and their potential to enforce and enable a deep change in how organizations function and their structure. With digital technology growing exponentially, the speed of change is going to be faster than any we have encountered before.

What is Informal Learning?

Growth Engineering

According to supporters of the 70:20:10 framework, informal learning could form up to a whopping 90% of everything we take in! Even so, at the vast majority of organisations, you’re likely to find that development resources are poured overwhelmingly towards formal learning , which only makes up the remaining 10% of knowledge intake. Informal learning. But in actuality, you’ve probably learned a lot more away from the classroom and in the workplace itself.

Technology Architecture

Clark Quinn

A few years ago, I created a diagram to capture a bit about the technology to support learning ( Big ‘L’ Learning ). The point is to characterize the relationship between underpinning infrastructure and mechanisms to support availability for formal and informal learning. Ultimately, these activities can or will be tracked through standards such as SCORM for formal learning or the new experience API (xAPI) for informal learning.

UpsideLMS wins THREE Awards at 2009 Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Technology Awards

Upside Learning

It was an exciting moment when Tom Werner of Brandon Hall started announcing the names of the winners for various categories in the online ceremony for the 2009 Excellence in Learning Technology Awards. We were informed that the UpsideLMS was a finalist in three categories and we were waiting to find out what award we were going to win. Learning Management Technology for Blended or Informal Learning. Social Learning Technology.