Many workplaces are practicing an informal approach to on-the-job training. Formalizing this process provides a means of measuring its efficacy.
Interchange of knowledge and perspective creates new knowledge that is personal to the learner. With social learning, the learner is not merely a passive recipient of information but an active contributor to his or her learning.
Learners in today’s corporate world demand content that’s engaging, relevant and available in their daily workflow. They want the capability to access learning content —formal or informal— at the moment of need to improve their skills and...
Informal learning accounts for a large portion of how employees consume information and apply learning to their work. Whether gaining tips from a colleague or watching a quick video online, informal learning occurs throughout our organizations every day.
Formalizing informal content is not about eliminating informal learning. It’s about embracing informal learning and finding ways to put more structure around how learners learn in informal environments – and from informal resources.
Formal learning can be very helpful in certain situations. However, while it is important, there can be distinct disadvantages as to how useful this learning method is on the job.