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.

Pick of the Month: June 2012 – Informal learning, Yammer, collab platforms, change, and keep learning

Jane Hart

1 – Informal Learning. Informal Learning continued to be a dominant theme through June. Clark Quinn, (6 June) started us off with a post: Getting pragmatic about informal. “The L&D group has to start facilitating the sharing of information between folks. How about ensuring the availability of tools like blogs, micro-blogs, wikis, discussion forums, media file creating/sharing, and profiles, and helping communities learn to use them?

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Yammer for internal knowledge sharing for health care and policy making

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

What is Yammer? Yammer is booming, especially in the Nederland within Europe. Many companies have started their Yammer groups for rapid internal exchange. If you don't know Yammer: Yammer is kind of Twitter (micro-blogging) service which can be used within organisation, so it is not public like on Twitter. He put out a message on Yammer and found someone who could sit with him and explain it, the very next day. Social online learning = not facilitated?

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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.

Informal Learning Does Not Have to Be Formal

Mindflash

One of the biggest problems with social learning is that it is an informal type of learning and organizations can’t help but to try to formalize it in any way possible. While a free-for-all learning strategy might not be the most effective way to run a training department, Stephanie Ivec argues for keeping informal learning, informal , “Trying to turn informal learning into formal learning diminishes [its] unique benefits” writes Ivec.

6 Steps To Creating Learning Ecosystems (And Why You Should Bother)

Learnnovators

70:20:10 has shone a spotlight on the limits of formal learning. In contrast, social and experiential learning continue to be veritable goldmines of productivity, placing learners at the centre of their story and demanding a major shift from Learning & Development professionals. Central to this cultural shift is the understanding that learning happens by learners, not to them. That’s where learning ecosystems come in. social networks (yammer, chatter).

Ridiculous research findings on informal learning

Jay Cross

companies spent money on informal learning tools or services last year. Most informal learning takes place despite training departments, not because of them. Informal learning is mushrooming as organizations implement social software. It’s hard to imagine informal learning not going along for the ride when a company embraces Jive or Chatter or Yammer or Socialcast or similar networking environments.

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7 Strategies to Facilitate “Working Out Loud”

Learnnovators

Community members learn together, share feedback, take onus of building the domain. Talented coders and developers come together to learn, share and co-create. If we critically examine the characteristics of networked learning, it becomes evident that these are also qualities that foster and enable communities to thrive which in turn pull creative, passionate individuals to the workforce. We all know that true learning takes place through dialogues.

Bringing learning to the workplace, step 3: People

Challenge to Learn

One of the most effective ways of workplace learning is support offered by colleagues. When you have a question or problem, you find a colleague who knows the answer, you apply what you have learned and you go on with your job. As any type of informal learning you can’t organize this, but you can facilitate this. Yammer. A tool that could support you in this is Yammer. What about the learning department, do they play a role?

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Evaluating Social Learning

Dashe & Thomson

There are people looking at applying the Kirkpatrick model, there are people measuring the use of social learning tools, and there are people talking about something similar to Brinkerhoff’s Success Case Method. and his take on using Kirkpatrick’s four levels to create and evaluate social learning. Builds a chain of evidence for the results using Levels 1 (Reaction), 2 (Learning), and 3 (Behavior). Learning – What must they learn to be able to perform?

The Power of Your Network | Social Learning Blog

Dashe & Thomson

Social Learning Blog Training and Performance Improvement in the Real World Home About Bios Subscribe to RSS The Power of Your Network by Michael on February 9, 2011 in customer service , marketing , sales , social learning Whether it is building our LinkedIn Contacts or Followers on Twitter, gathering Friends on Facebook or Yammering with our fellow work teams, the buzz of “networking” is always present. Keep contact information updated – yours and those in your network.

The Key to Adoption of Collaboration Tools: Process Integration

Dashe & Thomson

Along comes an internal collaboration tool like Yammer, or the aforementioned Yakabod, and employees have to launch a whole new workflow to get engaged. If an official portal is the place to get news, updates & find information – your social platform must seamlessly be an integral part of that experience. Collaboration Tools Social Media social learning user adoption Collaboration tools enterprise 2.0

Business applications of Twitter

E-Learning Provocateur

Some of the ideas specifically relate to e-learning, while others may fall more comfortably into other portfolios. Well, you can do that with Yammer – a Twitter-like platform that allows you to set up a “group&# comprising your employees only. Why spend half an hour running around trying to find someone who can help you, when you can just post it to Yammer and let the crowd post a reply. I share my knowledge, and I learn a lot more in return.

5 Ways to Kick-Start Great On-the-Job Sales Training

Mindflash

According to Bersin & Associates , 73% of companies believe their most valuable learning approaches are informal, yet only 30% of resources are focused there. This is a staggering figure considering that studies show 70% of what sales people learn about how to do their jobs, they learn from informal approaches. Perhaps learning and development professionals do think about informal learning but do not really know what it is or how to implement it.

The Other 90% of Learning

Jay Cross

Knowledge workers learn three to four times as much from experience as from interaction with bosses, coaches, and mentors. They learn about twice as much from those conversations compared to structured courses and programs. It’s a handy framework to keep in mind, particularly when someone mistakenly thinks all learning is formal. As Charles Handy has written, “Real learning is not what most of us grew up thinking it was.”. Learning is social. Informal Learning

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The Year’s Most Thought-Provoking Training Blog Posts

Mindflash

In the article Learning Difficulties: Making something hard to read means it is more likely to be remembered from The Economist Magazine , a team of psychologists reached the radical conclusion that all the font readability rules we’ve been following don’t actually support learning. Watch and appreciate the clever and informative use of pictures and words. In the excellent post, Learning Styles: Worth Our Time? Learning in the Workplace.

Guarding Against Primitive eLearning Programs

Vignettes Learning

In our love of everything instant, we tend to develop “primitive-like” behaviors in learning and lose significant insights present in a “contemplation mindset”learning environment. In “The Spaces of Contemplation” eLearning, we can provide an environment that promotes learners to reflect, ponder,work, collaborate and produce outputs applying the meaning of context learned. The training and learning industry has this love affair with technology.

LearnTrends Tweetstream backchannel

Jay Cross

Feature | Block yuuhey RT @jackiegerstein : mLearnopedia – [link] – blogs, activities, research, resources for mobile learning – #learntrends -4:15 PM Nov 18th, 2009. voicethread, thinkingworlds, inxpo, odijoo, caspian learning, 5 moments of need – #learntrends -3:21 PM Nov 18th, 2009. Feature | Block VKunze RT @jaycross : RT @psychemath : “Mobile Learning&# is coming up on #learntrends. Tags: Informal Learning

Guarding Against Primitive eLearning Programs

Vignettes Learning

In our love of everything instant, we tend to develop “primitive-like” behaviors in learning and lose significant insights present in a “contemplation mindset”learning environment. In “The Spaces of Contemplation” eLearning, we can provide an environment that promotes learners to reflect, ponder,work, collaborate and produce outputs applying the meaning of context learned. The training and learning industry has this love affair with technology.

Twitter for Learning – 55 Great Articles

Tony Karrer

In a recent conversation, I was asked what I thought about twitter as a learning tool. Over the course of the past few years I’ve moved from saying “I don’t get it” – to feeling like it’s a good addition to my Learning Tool Set. But I also think that there’s a lot more help now around how to make effective use of Twitter as a learning tool. Subscribe to the Best of eLearning Learning for updates from this blog and other eLearning blogs

2010 Predictions - Big Question

eLearning Cyclops

January's Big Question at the Learning Circuits blog asks for our 2010 predictions. So, here we go; m-Learning continues to grow. I think the growing popularity of social media apps on mobile devices will assist with a growth of social learning (I consider social/informal learning on mobile devices m-learning too). I recently started using Yammer so I will make a few predictions regarding Yammer. Social Media e-Learning

Learning is the Ultimate Competitive Advantage

Mike Taylor

As learning professionals, this rapid pace of change, means that we must move beyond the course-focused approach that has traditionally dominated most organizations. . The durability of the things we learn is eroding quickly. We learn in context, with others, as we live and work. Recognizing this fact is the first step to crafting an effective learning strategy.”. The good news for the field of L&D is that learning is more important than ever. learning

My Twitter Weekly Links Digest for 2011-08-14

Jane Hart

elearn Magazine: The Oxford Union Debate on Informal Learning, Style or Substance?: Turn Up Engagement With A Yammer Treasure Hunt! link] via @ Yammer #. My upcoming webinar Social Media and its impact on how we learn in the workplace [link] # realwplearn #. Real power of learning is social, by @ charlesjennnings Pt 1 [link] and Pt 2 [link] # realwplearn #. RT @ charlesjennings : Looking to manage informal learning?

Our Many Hats

eLearning Cyclops

Social Media (SoMe) expert and Informal Learning Catalyst - Sometimes I''m the go to guy to coach staff on utilizing SoMe or I''m the guy implementing informal/social learning. Then appropriately incorporating them in courses, your Intranet, Yammer, etc. eLearning Designers wear many hats – some by choice, some placed upon us. Here are the hats I wear because I need these skills as an eLearning one-person shop.

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Chatting

Clark Quinn

Last night we held the first #lrnchat , a Twitter learning chat. Even in the discussion, the mention of Yammer brought in the Yammer team mentioning some of their case studies, which got a bit annoying. There were some sparkling gems in the conversation, and valuable information. We covered case studies (and the lack thereof), the nature of the necessary culture, the role of informal learning in the organization, and more.

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Flexing Your Tools to Create Maximum-Impact Online Training

Mindflash

The management and administration tool of choice is often a Learning Management System (LMS). Take your LMS’s functionality into full consideration to make maximum organizational impact via your learning solutions. Teaching Formally vs. Informally. People tend to have a preference for formal learning (instructor-directed) or informal learning (experiential, self-directed, impromptu learning). Find your learning stakeholders.

Big Question - In the Year 2019

eLearning Cyclops

The March Big Question from Learning Circuits is What will workplace learning look like in 10 years? Here are some of the things I see in 10 years: We will see much more informal learning and knowledge management. There will be a need for trainers and/or knowledge managers who will guide, coach, be a catalyst for, and monitor social media and informal learning. Participants will have much more control of learning events.

Social Media vs. Social Learning

Integrated Learnings

As a learning professional, I have been pondering this question a lot. This has included reading some books, attending some webinars, and talking with other learning professionals about how they are making social media work in a learning environment. For the sake of this post, I want to focus on an end goal of collaboration among learners experiencing a learning event together. 2-- Share “real world” learnings with each other after the training is complete.

Social Media’s Impact on Workplace Communication & Learning

G-Cube

’ So, while Social Media is definitely useful for a workplace, has it made its impact on learning or training? Its still early days, and the potential of social learning in the workplace is still to be tapped. That brings us to what Vivek Pandey had to say on the topic – ‘From learning perspective, social networking in itself is just sheer time wastage. I think social networks would have tools for informal learning but they are rarely attempted.

Is your eLearning On-the-Job Training Friendly?

Mindflash

Whether or not we can prove it, most of us “know” that we learn most of what we need to know about our jobs through some form of informal learning. Most of us will cite experience or on-the-job (OJT) training as the most popular form of learning we use to learn our jobs. However we define it, OJT plays a major role for how people learn their jobs. It is a good question, and a question that learning designers should consider when designing eLearning.

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10 Social Media Tools For Learning

The eLearning Coach

Do you have a training or information need that could benefit from a social media strategy? So here are descriptions of ten applications representing different social media technologies that promote learning. Each tool fulfills at least one of these criteria: encourages collaboration; enables user-generated content or input; provides a way to share; and facilitates informal or formal learning. This makes Elgg an ideal platform for learning and collaboration.

How Social Networks Can Harness the Power of Weak Ties | Social.

Dashe & Thomson

The power of tools like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Yammer, are pretty astounding. If we separate the human aspect of social networking from the technology, we can learn a lot more about the power of networks – not just from today’s pundits, but from many years of sociological research on the topic. Learning and development professionals should remember the Weak Ties theory when designing social learning systems.

My Twitter Weekly Links Digest for 2011-08-07

Jane Hart

The limits to what you can learn online or alone [link] (HT @ GautamGhosh ) #. RT @ alc47 : Collaboration and social learning – even trees do it [link] <Another powerful post by Nic #. RT @ charlesjennings : @ JaneBozarth Informal Learning strategy – slide 15 here shows the essential tool, Jane. How to use social media for learning [link] <Note: how STUDENTS can use social mediai to enhance their own education #.

My Top 10 e-Learning Tools

eLearning Cyclops

Jane Hart is gathering top ten lists for e-learning tools. Thus far, 203 people in the e-learning field have submitted their list. I have posted my e-learning toolkit in the past, but not what I necessarily consider my "top e-learning tools." So, here are my top 10 e-learning tools. They are not stand alone e-learning tools, but together allow me the ability to create effective e-learning courses. It gets me out of my e-learning vacuum.

Top Talent & Development Trends for 2016

KZO Innovations

The last few years have been seen major developments in learning technology and breakthroughs in common thinking about workplace training methods. Blended learning. According to new research , “blended” learning — in which training is conducted both in-person and online — will comprise more than 70 percent of all workplace training efforts this year. Self-directed learning. Micro-learning”. Mobile learning.

What is social learning?

From the Coleface

Last week I attended #SLCONF , a conference on social learning. Social learning is a zeitgeisty term which is very much in the early stages of the Gartner hype cycle for most organisations. I participated to find out more about what social learning is and what L&D practitioners should be doing about it/ with it. There does not seem to be commonly accepted definition of social learning. accountancy e-learning legal training

3 questions to ask before starting social learning

Sponge UK

You’re thinking about introducing social learning, but before you start you need to ask some questions. If you can find out the answers to these questions you’ll be in a better position to start incorporating social learning into your elearning strategy. For a brief overview of social learning and what it means in the context of elearning for an organisation have a look at our blog post: An introduction to social learning. Yammer.