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.

Fostering A Culture Of Transformative Learning Through Informal Learning Experiences

Dan Keckan

This article discusses the essence of Mezirow’s transformative learning theory and provides examples for applying the theory in workplace settings through informal self-directed learning experiences. Instructional Design Informal Learning Informal Learning Tips Instructional Design Theories

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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?

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.

7 thoughts on informal learning

KnowledgeOne

“Any occasion is good for learning!” ” could be the motto of informal learning, this type of learning without structure or organization that we all do on a daily basis without realizing it and whose possibilities are attracting increasing interest, especially in the workplace. This way of learning is in line with the current and future needs of workers and employers alike for autonomy and continuous development. Formal, informal and non-formal.

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?

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.

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.”

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.

Informal Learning and Learnscapes

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Working Smarter: The “unbook&# that shows why informal learning must be part of everyone’s future learnscapes. I finished reading the book last week and have been meaning to summarize my learning from it. I have read Informal Learning and this one sums it all up. The previous one enabled me to evolve my understanding of informal, collaborative learning and this one shows me how I can act on it.

10 Informal Learning Activities to Boost Employee Engagement

KnowledgeAnywhere

When we think of a learning environment, we most often think of a classroom. You might be able to guess some of the formal learning characteristics since you’ve experienced them all in the classroom: A teacher offers the information to the student(s). Specific objectives tell the student what they need to learn by the end of the formal learning course. An exam (or another method) assesses what the student has learned.

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

A Case For Informal Learning

CLO Magazine

Informal learning has answers to some of the most pressing educational challenges organizations face. ” These early academic experiences may have contributed to the eventual development of Bandura’s influential ideas about self-directed learning, observation and imitation. In the last decade, globalization and the rampant availability of highly interactive technologies have altered the modern definition of social learning and its practice.

Theories for the digital age: Connectivism

Learning with 'e's

Learning in the industrialised world can now be contextualised within a largely technological landscape, where the use of digital media is assuming increasing importance. Much of this learning is informal, (Commentators such as Cofer (2000), Cross (2006) and Dobbs (2000) place the proportion of informal learning at around 70%) and is also generally location independent. One highly visible theory is Connectivism (Siemens, 2004).

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.

Cognitive load theory: does it help?

Walkgrove

Cognitive load theory was first introduced in the 1980s and was based on observation surrounding the teaching of mathematics. There is very little data concerning the use of cognitive load theory, or the learning techniques based on it, in commercial adult learning. It is suggested that the way that information is presented is the way to get people to remember it - but does anyone actually know how long a ‘chunk’ should be?

E-Learning Provocateur: Volume 2

E-Learning Provocateur

Following the modest success of my first book , I decided to fulfil the promise of its subtitle and publish E-Learning Provocateur: Volume 2. As in the first volume, my intent is to provoke deeper thinking across a range of e-learning related themes in the workplace, including: • social business. • informal learning. • mobile learning. • critical theory.

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 ?

Everybody’s Got Something To Teach…!!!

Learnnovators

When I joined as an ID at Learnnovators , the first thing that one of my colleagues told me was that an ID must have a great passion for learning. I don’t know if I am learning as how she meant it, but I do end up learning something new every minute. To make this clear, let me talk about a lesson I learned in civics class at school: Every citizen has a voice and opinion in the matters of the country. We end up learning even when we are not consciously learning.

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E-Learning Provocateur: Volume 2

E-Learning Provocateur

Following the modest success of my first book , I decided to fulfil the promise of its subtitle and publish E-Learning Provocateur: Volume 2. As in the first volume, my intent is to provoke deeper thinking across a range of e-learning related themes in the workplace, including: • social business. • informal learning. • mobile learning. • critical theory.

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.

“Digital Mindset”: What Is It All About?

Learnnovators

“Digital mindset” seems to have become another buzzword–rather buzz-phrase to be grammatically precise–whenever the conversation (online or offline) veers toward social business, social learning, collaboration, and other 21st Century phenomenon in general. Flexible about time and space: In a connected world where we are very often working, learning, and interacting with individuals across the globe as a normal course of life, time takes on a different meaning.

Silicon Valley Parents Question Value of Technology in Learning. Should We?

Dashe & Thomson

In a nutshell: schools are spending billions on technology, even as they cut budgets and lay off teachers, with little proof that this approach is improving basic learning. What can or should Learning and Development professionals take away from these articles? I’m convinced we need to earnestly consider the value of technology in learning.

Learning theories for the digital age

Learning with 'e's

I pointed out recently that many of the older theories of pedagogy were formulated in a pre-digital age. I blogged about some of the new theories that seem appropriate as explanatory frameworks for learning in a digital age. Is it now time for these new theories to replace the old ones? Are the old theories still adequate to describe the kinds of learning that we witness today in our hyper-connected world? Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e''s

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.

Games in Learning: Review of Grockit.com

Dashe & Thomson

Those of you who visit the Social Learning Blog frequently will know by now that I’ve been on something of a “games-in-learning” kick for a while. What’s not to love about a learning strategy that is informative and empirically proven to be effective, yet engaging and entertaining at the same time? Gaming Theory elearning Informal Learning interactive learning peer-to-peer learning social learning social learning theory web-based training

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Deeper eLearning Design: Part 5 – Emotion

Learnnovators

The goal of this series is to build upon good implementations of instructional design, and go deeper into the nuances of what makes learning really work. Here we’re talking about the role of emotion in learning, and we’ll close by finally putting it all together. We want to shift from creating content to designing learning experiences. To start, we need to understand the effects of emotions on learning. Confidence: Confidence is another factor in learning.

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Inspiring E-Learning Quotes from the Great Masters

Learnnovators

THE JOURNEY: Where is e-learning heading? If you had been following us, you would already know that it’s almost a year since we started publishing our Crystal Balling interview series with some of the great masters in the e-learning industry. This campaign that we launched on 15th November 2013 was the culmination of our die-hard commitment to promote ‘good learning’. How would people learn in future? The future of e-Learning is wide open!

The Powerful Secret Behind Your Learning Style

Learnnovators

What’s your learning style? It’s a hard choice, especially since according to one comprehensive study there are over 71 learning styles from a range of different models. The good news is that there is a powerful secret behind your learning style. It’s so powerful that it could transform how you approach learning. The secret is… that learning styles don’t matter. That doesn’t mean that my learning from them is more compared to someone who prefers audio.

The Death of the Traditional Web: Implications for Self-Directed Learning

Dashe & Thomson

Essentially the Web is not just evolving gradually as it absorbs the impact of smartphones and social media; it’s changing so radically that it might be better to look at what’s happening as the birth of an entirely new concept of internet interactivity and learning. What do these little kernels of information tell us? This means information will, by default, need to be increasingly bite sized. That’s the future of self-directed learning.

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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.

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.

Paper Cuts

Learnnovators

I’ve been tinkering with it and, in the spirit of Virtual Reality Working Out Loud Week , I’ve decided to share with you what I’ve learned so far. Thankfully I stumbled on this article by Phil Nickinson and learned that instead of starting at the map and uploading your photo sphere, you start at the photo sphere in your phone’s image gallery and share it to Maps. My VR learning journey thus far may be described as joy punctuated by disappointment.

Great and small

E-Learning Provocateur

We may alternately use pedagogy to mean the general approach to teaching and learning. In this broader sense it’s an umbrella term that may also cover andragogy – the teaching of adults – and heutagogy – self-determined learning. Thus it aligns to the learning nature of andragogy.

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. Constructivism, connectivism and informal learning.

The Power of People in Learning

Litmos

There are implications for formal learning and for informal. The Cognitive Story behind Social Learning. Why does social learning work at all? Research and theory have converged on a realization that we build models to explain the world and predict outcomes. Importantly, that means that even if you and I are exposed to the same information, we won’t necessarily interpret it the same way. This is particularly the case with complex information.

Learning is Everybody’s Business

Origin Learning

Facebook 1 Twitter 3 Google+ 2 LinkedIn 5 Pinterest 0 In our previous blog , we articulated how a judicious mix of instructor-led and online learning strategies will make your organization conducive for learning. In this section, we focus on how learning has pervaded every sphere of life in a manner that is informal and social. Basically, learning per se has become a social cognitive process. So much that learning and working have become inter-changeable terms.

E-Learning Provocateur: Volume 1

E-Learning Provocateur

The book is entitled E-Learning Provocateur: Volume 1 and my intent is to provoke deeper thinking across a range of themes in the modern workplace, including: • social media. • learning theory. • learning styles. • blended learning. • informal learning. • mobile learning. • the future of e-learning.