Informal Learning Basics received an Award of Distinguished Technical Communication in the 2013 Technical Communications Competition in the User Manual category. In plain English, the book receive a first-place award in its category. Thanks to my editors at ASTD–Mark Morrow, Stephanie Castellano, and Justin Brusino–for helping me shape this manuscript and Juana Llorens for her […]

For many, one of the traditions of starting the new year involves an assessment of where we have been in the past year, and where we’re going in the coming one.  One area that often generates much interest is career-related. Many people self-assess their skills now so they can chart a plan for the coming […]

The previous two posts described eleven specific types of social media that you can use for informal learning. The first explored five social media with which you are likely to already be familiar. The second post explored six social media that have specific applications for informal learning. Table 1 in this post summarizes the previous […]

The first installment of this post explored the informal learning applications of five social media with which you are already likely to be familiar.  This post continues the discussion. Six Social Media That Have Specific Uses in Informal Learning Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and similar common applications weren’t primarily designed for informal learning—and may not offer […]

The recent proliferation of social media has re-ignited interest in informal learning processes.  In the first of two articles, I identify a number of social media that can support informal learning processes.  In the second, I identify principles to consider when using social media for informal learning. Specifically, in this article, I first define what […]

The recent proliferation of social media has re-ignited interest in informal learning processes.  In this month’s Insight of the Month,   I identify principles to consider when using social media for informal learning.  In the next month’s Insight of the Month, I identify eleven social media that have specific applications with informal learning. In it, I […]

In an April 2012 posting on the Psychology Today blog, Ray B. Williams suggests that “meetings kill productivity” and that by “cancel[ing] 50 percent of your meetings. . .you’ll get more work done.” That contrasts with a finding from entrepreneur Paul Downs, who wrote in a June 2012 posting to his blog at the New […]