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Informal learning is driven by learner’s motivation and an intrinsic passion to learn. It is spontaneous and can happen whenever the learners see something of value that can help them perform better.
As a logical extension, 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 individuals who will help him do better). However, organisations can certainly help this process and encourage informal learning at workplace.
In this blog, I outline the key benefits that informal learning offers to the learners as well as business.
Does Informal learning truly help learners or business?
The question mark on the impact of that formal learning can create vs what informal learning experiences can deliver is a valid one.
As I see it, the answer is not in one approach instead of the other but to create a Learning Ecosystem that fosters learning as a continuum and offers learners multiple avenues to learn from. An effective blend of formal and informal learning experience options will provide an environment that will help both learners and business obtain the required gain.
What are the benefits that Informal learning offer to the learners?
Here are the key benefits Informal learning experiences bring in for the learners:
Can organisations also benefit from informal learning or is it too amorphous to create an impact?
The gains for the organisations are also significant. Having an environment that supports and encourages informal learning will enable them to see the following two benefits:
I hope this blog provides you with insights on the key benefits that informal learning offers for learners as well as organisations.
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