January 2016 Meeting with Saul Carliner
- We learn informally everyday, even if we are not consciously aware of it. It is sometimes called the “school of life.”
- Informal Learning is not the same as Performance Learning (e.g., early Quicken) or Knowledge Management (e.g., recording knowledge).
- Informal Learning is driven by the learner and his/her desire to learn.
- An employer has control over the learning environment (e.g., the location may or may not be conducive to learning).
- Case studies, news, documentation, and more help people learn
- Companies are spending less on formal training, so employees have to learn more on their own.
- Updating skills can occur at any point on the job, but simple access to learning doesn’t ensure that employees are actually using the opportunity.
- Informal Learning depends on the material being taught, because informational doesn’t necessarily mean educational. True educational materials provide opportunities to practice skills and receive feedback.
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