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?

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’. Understanding Informal Learning? This is a case of formal 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. Combine formal and informal learning for best results.

The key to informal learning is autonomy

Jane Hart

He writes: “I thought I had made a sound business case for investing more in informal learning, but few organizations changed their ways. They acted as if the natural way of informal learning didn’t exist. Social learning

6 Ways to Encourage Informal Learning in the Workplace


How to help build informal learning habits in your office. While many organizations turn to various formal learning courses, they should also consider the benefits of informal learning. Blog about it. Some people enjoy blogs, others prefer presentations.

Informal Learning – the other 80%

Jay Cross

Years ago a start-up commissioned me to write a white paper that would help put them on the map. 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: Structuring a Blog

Kapp Notes

There is an interest question on the Learning Circuits blog that asks whether or not it is appropriate to write a book about informal learning. The argument goes "if informal learning is so important, why use a formal structure, like a book, to describe its value?" Just because learning is intended to be used in an informal manner that doesn't mean that it needs to be unstructured or without form.

Are You Giving Informal Learning Short Shrift?


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. 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? Can informal learning do any worse?

Challenge: Make Informal Learning Visible & Valuable

Fort Hill Company

At the 2016 Association for Talent Development (ATD) International Conference and Expo (ICE) in Denver, Kathy Granger and I presented a session titled, Learning Anytime, Anywhere: How to Activate Informal Learning at Work. Informal and social learning are valuable and the source of most innovation and performance improvement in organizations. There are recent advances in how informal and social learning can be activated and made visible and intentional.

Bob Mosher on Informal Learning and Performance Support

Learning Visions

Informal Learning: Are We Missing a HUGE Opportunity? with Bob Mosher of Learning Guide Solutions, presented by Massachusetts Chapter of ISPI and sponsored by Kineo. 3 domains: formal, informal, performance support. When learning for the first time 2.

Favorite 2009 posts on Informal Learning Blog

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Here are the most popular posts on the Informal Learning Blog in 2009. Business Impact of Social and Informal Learning. G et Out of the Training Business , my most recent column for Chief Learning Officer, called for the abolition of corporate training departments.

Remembering Jay Cross and His Work

Experiencing eLearning

I never had the pleasure of meeting him in person, but like many in the field, I read his writing and had great respect for his work. He was the guru of informal learning who pushed us to think outside of the traditional model of formal courses and training. Real Learning.

Informal Learning and Black Swans

Sticky Learning

If you've been reading my blog since it began early two years ago you will know that I like to read. I like to challenge how I think about things, books and blogs are a couple of ways I get new ideas to think about. So, we extrapolate on imperfect information.

Informal Learning Blog » Collaborative writing

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Yes, you can manage informal learning

Big Dog, Little Dog

Jane Hart recently posted a thought-proving article on her blog in which she argues that you “ can't manage informal learning, you can only manage the social media tools.” This is why you need to manage non-formal learning and not just the tool itself.

Easy reading is hard writing: the cost and value of digital learning


How do you know how to budget and plan for digital learning? And does it stand up still, as elearning evolves into digital and informal learning, into resources not courses? For some time the industry has priced elearning by the hour – a course of 20 hours will cost more than one that’s just 20 minutes. But is that too blunt an instrument? If you are commissioning, does it give you a meaningful way of articulating what you need, in order to understand what it will cost?

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Informal Learning Blog » Informality pays

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Informal Learning Blog » Implementation 2.0

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Informal Learning Blog » Nonsense from Stephen

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

The Paradox of Informal Learning (Form of Informal?)

Tony Karrer

If you read my blog, you know that while I'm a big believer in the need to improve human performance outside of classic formal learning interventions, e.g., personal learning support , you also know that the term and a lot of the discussion around informal learning makes me worried. Informal Learning is Too Important to Leave to Chance I just saw two posts on Informal Learning that made helped me to realize the dilemma.

Informal Learning Blog » Why wiki?

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Re-evaluating Evaluation | Social Learning Blog

Dashe & Thomson

Some companies will use “Level 2: Learning” to measure whether the learners have mastered the training course content. Company executives are typically interested in the bottom line, not how well their employees apply the learning from a training class. Blog this!

Demystifying how we learn at the Workplace: Creating pathways for impactful learning


Not only training managers, but employees themselves are fast realizing this and are open to the concept of ‘perennial learning’ in the workplace. There are many learning practices that are prevalent in the modern workplace and each one comes with its associated ‘knowledge behavior’.

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Ad-hoc Social Learning Environment - How a Blog Drives Learning

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

We decided to set up an ad-hoc social learning environment mostly using freely available tools. We decided to outline our curriculum in a skeletal form using a blog, and then set social interactions in the curriculum context. In this post, I summarize what we learned about the ad-hoc social learning environments. Blog is the watering hole A learning blog is so much a happening place! We used Blogger, the Google blogging tool.

Four Reasons you need structure for informal learning


But as we all know, learning is evolving. Today, we keep hearing that formal presentations are out, that it’s all about informal learning, social learning and user-generated content. Informal learning shouldn’t mean we disregard what works effectively in a formal setting.

Why do I write a blog?

Sticky Learning

I've been blogging for a year now, time flies! But with one year down my mind has turned to the question I'd imagine many bloggers ask themselves "Why do I write a blog?". So what value is there in blogging? . The benefits I get from blogging. I learn more.

Creating avenues for On-Demand Learning in the Modern Workplace


Learning at the workplace is a continuous process. While formal training also has a place, more and more organizations are aligning towards informal ways of organizational learning. Challenge 1: Creating content for on-demand learning.

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2011: A writer’s odyssey

E-Learning Provocateur

2011 was a big year of writing for me, with 2 self-published books and over 40 blog posts. My books are available on Amazon , and I have listed the year’s blog posts below for your convenience. Mobile learning. • Mobile learning – Push or pull?

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2011: A writer’s odyssey

E-Learning Provocateur

2011 was a big year of writing for me, with 2 self-published books and over 40 blog posts. My books are available on Amazon , and I have listed the year’s blog posts below for your convenience. Mobile learning. • Mobile learning – Push or pull? Informal learning. • Doctoring the Informal Learning Environment. • E-Learning Provocateur: Volume 1. • ElNet Workplace E-learning Congress 2011.

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Online Educa (4) Opening keynotes â?? Informal Learning Blog

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Informal Learning Blog. At another location, a thirteen-year old learned to browse in eight minutes; by the end of the day, seventy children were browsing. Several weeks later, he returned to find that the children had learned anatomy. Half the instructions were wrong, but it did not matter; everyone learned nonetheless. He challenged the children to learn biotech. The children learn irrespective of who they are. is as informal as it gets.

The Burden to Have an Informed Opinion

Tom Spiglanin

I was taking a stand against accommodating learning styles and cited several online articles supporting my position. Each referenced valid research but were, themselves, blog posts. Anybody can write their opinion. The Burden to Have an Informed Opinion.

The Most Popular Blog Posts for 2016


It's the end of the year and, in case you've missed the most popular blog posts throughout 2016, I've compiled the top 5 for you here. The act of reflection is a major learning theme for me this year and reviewing the year's blog posts is a great reflection exercise.

Online courses must die!

E-Learning Provocateur

Suddenly SMEs are back in the game… Write up a Word doc and convert it? If we dispense with online courses in favour of PDFs, how can we incorporate interactivity into the learning experience? Enter the Informal Learning Environment (ILE). Informalise learning.

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Top 7 Custom eLearning Articles on our Blog in 2013

Bottom-Line Performance

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