Informal learning is impromptu, spontaneous learning, or learning “on the fly”. When we are young, this is the first way we learn, and we continue to use Informal learning fairly regularly in the workplace too. It can happen whenever learners see something of value that can help them perform better.
While the jury is divided on the benefits and the impact of Informal training, we believe that instead of having a Formal vs Informal training debate, the right approach is to encourage a blend of both in the workplace. This judicious blend can meet your organization’s training needs and learning outcomes, and more significantly, help create a culture that promotes “learning as a continuum.”
The success of Informal learning rests significantly on the learner (someone who is focused, motivated, and is on a look-out for knowledge resources or knowledgeable individuals who will help them do better). However, organizations can certainly help this process and encourage Informal learning in the workplace.
In this eBook, we begin with the basics of how Informal learning differs from formal learning and the benefits it offers to both learners and organizations. Then, we outline how Informal learning happens at the workplace and how this can be leveraged. We wrap up with 6 formats of Microlearning (with examples,) that you can use to promote Informal learning in the workplace.
- Section 1
This section provides basic information on what informal learning is and how it differs from formal learning. It also outlines why it is important to evaluate Informal learning in the workplace by looking at the various ways we learn (specifically, through the 70-20-10 model for Learning and Development).
- Section 2
This section looks at certain myths associated with informal learning and if it truly works. It then moves on to outline the benefits informal learning offers to learners and organizations.
- Section 3
This section showcases the ways in which informal learning can happen in a workplace. More specifically, it outlines how you can leverage on informal learning in your eLearning programs.
- Section 4
This section provides practical cues on how exactly can you use microlearning to promote informal learning in the workplace. It includes a definition of 6 microlearning formats and how they can be used. It also includes supporting examples for each format.