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 generally have a haphazard learning experience.

The evolution of personal learning environments

Origin Learning

A personal learning environment refers to the tools, technologies, resources etc. By and large, this constitutes John’s Personal Learning Environment (PLE). The coming of technology has naturally exposed us to more entertainment, and at the same time, to more learning.

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. Mott’s blueprint is the Open Learning Network (OLN). Mine is the Informal Learning Environment (ILE).

Creating a Personalized Learning Environment


Personalized learning in the workplace starts with creating an optimal personalized learning environment. He takes a short quiz, logs off, and experiments with the colors himself, using the techniques he learned from the module. Personalized Learning in the Office.

Avoiding Information Overload in Online Learning Environments: An e-learning perspective


The effectiveness and impact of technology-aided learning in the corporate sector is unquestionable. With the aid of technology, training and learning has become more accessible to a wider spread of corporate learners, no matter where they are located across the globe.

8 Tips To Minimize Distractions In Social Learning Environments


Social learning promotes collaboration and peer-based eLearning feedback. In this article, we’ll share 8 tips on how to make the social learning environment most effective. Minimize Distractions In The Social Learning Environment.

Create Autonomy in Gamification and Other Learning Environments

Kapp Notes

When thinking about creating a gamification experience (or any learning experience), allow and encourage the learner to make meaningful and consequential choices. Fake choices = fake interest in the learning event. Does it reflect a clear area to click on in an online environment?

Principles for Designing 3D Learning Environments

Kapp Notes

In yesterday’s Train for Success in-world seminar, I was asked about the principles for effective design for 3D learning experiences, here is the list of principles that can be applied to make a 3D Learning Environment (3DLE) successful. Learning is an iterative process.

Interactive Learning Environments

Learning with e's

The current special issue of the journal Interactive Learning Environments focuses on 'Social Networks Research', and here's a heads up for the next issue, due out in December, which has just gone to press. Interactive Learning Environments Computers in Education

Create an Active and Collaborative Learning Environment for your Course


We are talking about action plans derived from the learning resources presented in the course. When your learners talk about 101 ways to apply a learning resource, that’s when the course is successful. Then we will determine how to create active collaborative environments in each.

Getting Started with Virtual Learning Environments

Bottom-Line Performance

One of the biggest of getting into virtual world and simulation learning is the huge gap – both real and perceived – that separates the minds of the gamer and the non-gamer. Game or virtual world designers attempt to focus on experiences, and figure that their players will learn as they experience. Learning designers attempt to break experience down into content first, present the content and then hope the learners will be able to translate that information back into experience.

More on Personal Learning Environments

Tony Karrer

Ray Sims has a great post on Personal Learning Environment and personal learning environments. His diagram and description that states that we not only each have our own personal learning environment, but that we are interconnected in all sorts of ways and need to be able to group things together for certain kinds of groups (organizational, informal, etc.) I agree with his overall goal, but I'm not sure I separate Learning and Doing.

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. 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! Participants had a lot to learn from each other. Interactivity adds fun We used Raptivity games to add fun to learning. Have you explored social learning enviroments?

Personal Learning Environment 2010

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

George writes: Announcing: Open Course – Personal Learning Environments, Networks, and Knowledge. This should be fun… Stephen Downes , Dave Cormier , and I will be offering an open course on Personal Learning Environments, Networks, and Knowledge , starting September 13.

Immersive learning environments – a great example

The E-Learning Curve

Adaptive learning! In it, you (the viewer) can explore the environment Second Life -like, interact with the exhibits, "pick up" original MSS, and get a sense of the times and places Yeats inhabited, including a set from the Abbey Theatre, and the poet's library.

Random Thoughts on 3D Learning Environments

Kapp Notes

When we pause to consider this fact it is almost impossible to imagine how much change this technology has brought to Society, Business and Learning and how much more it will bring. Similarly, as we enter the age of the immersive internet, or 3D internet, it is equally impossible to underestimate the impact the 3D web will have on learning, business and society. Think about it, the internet is just over 5500 days old.

As Featured on Capterra: Creating an Interactive Learning Environment

DigitalChalk eLearning

*We have partnered up with Capterra to share a few tips for creating an interactive learning environment. These are 5 tips that will help you create an effective and interactive learning environment for your students.

Keep It Casual: Crafting Better Informal eLearning Experiences


Whether you’re short on time, learner motivation, or just need to improve your learning culture, informal eLearning experiences offer a fresh, less rigorous way of thinking about learning. Now, informal learning is no new thing. Informal does not mean undesigned.

Culture and Language Diversity in Online Learning Environment


If there is one dimension that needs careful planning when designing an online learning program or a course, this is the culture and language diversity. Many elements of the course need to be overseen in order to prevent misleading information. By providing options, you are encouraging non-native English speakers to learn a concept in their own language and boost their productivity. As a result, motivation and interest levels were higher and so were learning achievements.

Closing the Learning-Acquisition Gap with Informal Learning


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. Rolling out Informal Learning.

Informal vs. Formal Learning: Creating a Blend!


The corporate training world often questions and evaluates the concept of incorporating informal learning. The question always arises whether informal learning can be added to the formal learning and if so, how both can be combined together. Informal learning is the unofficial, unscheduled, and unplanned way to learn and gain knowledge, whereas formal learning is delivered in a systematic, intentional way with a reporting and evaluation process.

Personal Work and Learning Environments (PWLE) - More Discussion

Tony Karrer

I've run across a few different posts talking about Personal Work and Learning Environments which I have tentatively started to call PWLE - pronounced p-whale. The reason why I think it's worth us talking about tools and maps and basically what is your PWLE (p-whale) is that it's helpful for us to figure out how to support our own personal work and learning. And points us back to Stephen Downes and the skills that we need to learn to be successful in this new world.

PWLE 100

Where is Your E-Learning Environment Going?

Learning Developments

I've learned over time that it is important for me to take time to view what I'm doing from different perspectives. I know it is important for me to check that my rudder is directed in the right position in this big pond of e-learning.

Where is Your E-Learning Environment Going?

Learning Developments

I've learned over time that it is important for me to take time to view what I'm doing from different perspectives. I know it is important for me to check that my rudder is directed in the right position in this big pond of e-learning.

Definition: Massively Multi-learner Online Learning Environment (MMOLE)

Kapp Notes

Massively Multi-learner Online Learning Environment: MMOLE is a genre of computer generated learning environments in which large numbers of learners interact with each other in a virtual three-dimensional (3D) world with the goal of learning. The avatars are able to move independently through the virtual environment. A method of tracking leaner progress for the formal elements of the learning environment.

BLOG: Can Micro-Learning Environments Lead To More Relevant Training?

Unicorn Training

In his latest blog on last month's NextGenLMS Conference, Unicorn's Stuart Jones, is intrigued by MillerCoors' top down approach to learning. The MillerCoors focus here was clearly on learning rather than technology, though technology is at the heart of much of how the learning is delivered.

LMS - Learning Environment - Best of eLearning Learning

eLearning Learning Posts

Best of eLearning Learning. Unleashing The Power Of Social Learning. The Classroom as a Learning Technology. Social Media: Trends and Implications for Learning. Rapid Learning Management Systems - eLearning Technology , October 20, 2009. compliant - The E-Learning Curve , October 23, 2009. Power of informal learning in developing managers - Informal Learning , October 20, 2009. Informal Learning, huh, yeah, what is it good for?

The dawn of a new generation

E-Learning Provocateur

To explore the practicalities of user-generated content, the Learning Cafe sponsored a webinar entitled Learner Generated Learning Content – Possibilities, mechanics and chaos? Training is the front end of an employee’s learning & development.

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Why you should start measuring informal learning today


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.

eLearning Weekly » Understanding Personal Learning Environments

eLearning Weekly

Informal learning happens all the time, anywhere


Learning begins very early in life. When learning and development programs are set up, the attention is focused solely on formal learning. That’s probably because the informal version doesn’t sit well with schedules, set objectives and quantifications.

6 Benefits of Informal Learning


Perhaps the highest level of learning with the deepest cognitive impact is informal learning. It’s what we call those precious learning moments where passion and curiosity meet to break all motivation and knowledge barriers. By contrast, what is formal learning?

How to revamp your learning model

E-Learning Provocateur

and The ILE and the FLE in harmony , I advocate the development of a virtual Informal Learning Environment (ILE) to work in tandem with the Formal Learning Environment (FLE) to support both the learning process and its administration. Informal learning.

Why Microlearning Drives Over 20% More Information Retention Than Long-Form Training


As if the potential to transform behaviors and organizations wasn’t intriguing enough, a new study out of Germany indicates that short content drives over 20% more information retention. In other words: the format of most e-learning is a piece of content followed by an assessment question.

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. We already struggle to gain buy-in from stakeholders when we update technology or learning models.

A defence of the “Next” button

E-Learning Provocateur

The “Next” button doesn’t have many friends in the e-learning community. Let me explain by rewinding a little… In my previous post Informal first , I articulated a mindset that prioritises informal learning over formal training.

A defence of the “Next” button

E-Learning Provocateur

The “Next” button doesn’t have many friends in the e-learning community. Let me explain by rewinding a little… In my previous post Informal first , I articulated a mindset that prioritises informal learning over formal training.