For those who have mastered the basics of designing formal training programs, complement your reading with Informal Learning Basics, which explores casual and incidental learning in the workplace, identifies the many forms informal learning takes, and explains how to support it, integrate it into a comprehensive training plan, and evaluate the impact of informal learning. […]

For those of you who read Portuguese, check out Quatro nocoes basicas sobre aprenizagem informal no trabalho in the most recent issue of Aprender, the magazine of the Portuguese Association of People Management, an affiliate of the European Association for People Management.  In fact, the entire issue focuses on informal and non-formal learning.  Click here […]

The summer travel season, when many of us explore new places and experience new things, is ripe with opportunities for true informal learning—that is, learning where you, as the learner, set the objectives and determine for yourself when you have achieved them. (This differs from informal learning for the workplace, which represents more of a […]

Informal Learning Basics received an Award of Distinguished Technical Communication in the 2013 Technical Communications Competition in the international Summit Awards sponsored by the Society for Technical Communication in the User Manual category. In plain English, the book received a first-place award in its category. The book previously received an Award of Distinguished Technical Communication in […]

“It’s one of the things I really like about managing people — the teaching element, and giving feedback,” commented SugarSync Chief Executive Laura Yecies in a recent interview with New York Times reporter Adam Bryant. Yecies likens it to a professor grading assignments.  “If the teacher gives you a B, without any specifics, that’s not […]

Although most Training and Development professionals conduct survey learners in individual courses immediately after those learning events, practical issues (such as the fact that informal learning often happens unconsciously, outside of the scope of a scheduled event) make such methods difficult to use in many informal learning settings. In such cases, a few strategically placed […]

A couple of months ago, I explored the uses of social media (also called Web 2.0) in informal learning.  Because social media is relatively new (less than a decade) and is responsible for much of the current interest in informal learning, many training and development professionals overlook the opportunities that older computer-based technologies offer for […]