Learners retain approximately 50 percent of material covered through discussion and interaction but more than 75 percent of what they learn through on-the-job experience. In a recent survey, employees said they felt that informal learning is three times more important than company-provided training in becoming proficient on the job.

Unlike formal training exercises, informal learning usually comes about when the outcome of a “real-life” situation is at stake. By encouraging a free flow of knowledge and ideas, informal learning makes knowledge and information more readily available to employees on their own, self-directed terms.

Tools like blogs, discussion boards, wikis and online groups encourage collaboration and social learning. Download this white paper now to learn how to develop an informal learning strategy that drives business performance.

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