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Informal Learning – the other 80%

Jay Cross

The start-up stiffed me but the paper morphed into the Informal Learning book. I’ll be leading a series of master classes on informal learning and working smarter in Europe. Informal Learning – the other 80%. Learning is social.

Learn Informal Learning Informally

Jay Cross

Next month I’ll be offering an experiential workshop on Informal Learning through Jane Hart’s Social Learning Center. Hands-on experiential learning. Tweet, blog, link, bookmark, narrate, and record. You learn by doing. Informal Learning Just Ja

Don’t drink the informal learning snake oil

Jay Cross

The 1999 Online Learning conference in Los Angeles was ground zero for eLearning. Our dream of personalized, modular, always-on learning was dashed. I fear that charlatans and dummies are taking informal learning down the same road. An Informal Learning Sequel?

Controversy over Informal Learning

Jay Cross

When the book on informal learning came out, nay-sayers attacked me as some kind of loony. QUESTION: How do you know that informal learning works? ANSWER: How did you learn to walk and talk? How did you learn to kiss? Can informal learning do any worse?

The key to informal learning is autonomy

Jane Hart

He writes: “I thought I had made a sound business case for investing more in informal learning, but few organizations changed their ways. They acted as if the natural way of informal learning didn’t exist. Social learning

Social and Informal Learning : Pt 3 of the Four Greatest Challenges Series

Nigel Paine

In some ways, social and informal learning can almost be seen like that. It is a fundamental part of what differentiates human beings from all other species, and yet if you went to a corporate learning conference, you would think that it had been invented two years ago and everyone was just about to implement it! If you seriously want learning to be seen as the domain and responsibility of everyone. What should the learning team do with these insights?

Pick of the Month: June 2012 – Informal learning, Yammer, collab platforms, change, and keep learning

Jane Hart

Here’s my round-up of my favourite articles/blog posts of the month under 5 key themes. 1 – Informal Learning. Informal Learning continued to be a dominant theme through June. And most importantly, support our informal professional development.

Harold Jarche » Informal Learning Unworkshop #4

Harold Jarche

Organizational Learning in the Network Era

Harold Jarche

But the real barrier to systemic change is hierarchical management, as it constrains the sharing of power, a necessary enabler of organizational learning. If learning is what organizations need to do well in order to survive and thrive, then structural barriers to learning must be removed.

Dear C-Suite: We Don’t Do Training Anymore

Dan Pontefract

It’s time to help the C-Suite – aside from Peter Aceto and other learning savvy and employee engagement focused C-Suite leaders – to appreciate and understand that organizations don’t do training anymore. ” What can learning leaders contemplate?

Blogs I follow religiously

Jay Cross

Dawn of Learning. Social Media for Working & Learning. Informal Learning Just Jay Working SmarterAdaptive Path. Andy McAfee. Charles Jennings. Clark Quinn. Dan Pontefract. Dave Gray. Dave Snowden. David Gurteen. David Weinberger. Dion Hinchcliffe. Doc Searls.

This blog is closing…

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

I started this blog when Informal Learning was released, November 10, 2006. The informal learning meme has gone mainstream. Informal learning is more important than ever. Join me at Internet Time Blog. Informal Learning

sense-making with social media

Harold Jarche

However, it is blogging, such as this post, that is by far my strongest form of learning, as it involves a number of things that are all supported by researched learning theory, and which improve memory and recall: Reflection. What do you do to make sense of your learning?

50 suggestions for implementing 70-20-10

Jay Cross

People learn their jobs by doing their jobs. These posts offer guidance to managers who want to make learning from experience and conversation more effective. Convergence of work and learning. Work and learning have merged. We learn on the job to do the job.

The learning organization: an often-described, but seldom-observed phenomenon

Harold Jarche

This post is in response to the Adidas Blog Carnival on a New Way of Working and Learning and more specifically responding to the question, “What should a true learning organisation look like?” Learning really spreads through social networks.

Learning in the workplace

Harold Jarche

Jane Hart asked readers “ how regularly are you “learning” in the workplace? ” Here are the top five ways that people learn, with my comments below on how this can be facilitated in the organization, either by management or the learning support group.

New Technology Supporting Informal Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Abstract We often talk about games, simulations and other events in learning, but these technologies support only episodic learning. Equally important are those technologies that provide a context for these learning episodes, an environment where students and interact and converse among themselves. Context Online learning today is beginning to be dominated by developments in games, simulations and related technologies. Siemens, Where does the learning occur??,

What’s missing from the informal learning discussion

Jay Cross

At mLearnCon, I chatted with Float’s Jeff Tillett for a few minutes about why people should be interested in my experiential learning workshop. You can hear the entire conversation on the Float Learning Blog.

We need more sandboxes

Harold Jarche

Informal learning environments tolerate failure better than schools. For that, we have a robust informal learning system that eschews grades, takes all comers, and is available even on holidays and weekends. It was just a blog, connected to LinkedIn and other social media.

Connecting with Communities of Practice

Harold Jarche

Tweet This month, The Learning Circuits blog asks how do we break down organizational walls when it comes to learning? Informal Learning NetworkedLearning Work

Network Learning: Working Smarter

Harold Jarche

Tweet “In the period ahead of us, more important than advances in computer design will be the advances we can make in our understanding of human information processing – of thinking, problem solving, and decision making…” ~ Herbert Simon, Economics Nobel-prize winner (1968).

How to Replace Top-Down Training with Collaborative Learning (3)

Jay Cross

Technological infrastructure for social learning. Work and learning are converging, and as this change happens, the infrastructure of the old corporate learning must go – things like traditional one-size-fit-all in-person training seminars. Putting a learning platform in place.

Using social media for onboarding

Harold Jarche

Last year, I looked at new hire practices and found some interesting methods: Ensuring new hires understand the shadow or informal part of the organization through the use of tools such as network maps (Jon Katzenbach, Senior Partner of Booz & Company, author of The Wisdom of Teams).

Simplifying Learning

Jay Cross

Ideas from Jane Hart’s online chat on June 4 in the Social Learning Centre. Q1) Harold in his blog post says ”For too long our organizations have suffered from the disease of complication. Let’s look at how we can simplify learning solutions. Design Informal LearningIt’s time to simplify.” How can we help people keep up to date with what’s happening INSIDE their organisation – in simple ways?

Elves, Measuring Results and Informal Learning

Tony Karrer

Brent and I have been having a nice blog discussion. Our previous posts discuss what should be measured: Intermediate Factors in Learning , Intermediate Factors - Impact Many Measure One. And this exception relates closely to my earlier concern eLearning Technology: Informal Learning is Too Important to Leave to Chance. So, back to learning and measuring results. So, on to informal learning. As I said in Intermediate Factors in Learning.

Informal Learning and Learnscapes

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Working Smarter: The “unbook&# that shows why informal learning must be part of everyone’s future learnscapes. I finished reading the book last week and have been meaning to summarize my learning from it. I have read Informal Learning and this one sums it all up.

Tweet Kings & Pretty Things (aka Micro-Blogging Habits)

Dan Pontefract

The crux of that argument is whether you believe micro-blogging is an active behavior or whether you treat it as passive oversight. Micro-blogging — to truly become effective whether personally or organizationally — ought to become both a personal and an organizational habit.

Lessons from an early MOOC

Harold Jarche

Blogs. I learned a lot, including the insight not to do another one of these for free. blogs act as the glue between synchronous events. blogs are ways of mapping the learning journey. blogs can also be emotional and playful. tools for learning.

Can we formalize informal learning?

Harold Jarche

One of the reasons that informal learning has become a hot topic for workplace performance is that we now have an incredible array of communication tools, especially web social media. Tags: Informal Learning

Informal Learning: “mission critique”

Harold Jarche

My latest article, Informal Learning: mission critical ( en français Apprentissage Informel: Mission critique ) has just been published on the Collaborative Enterprise (#eCollab) site. My interest in informal learning has grown with my experiences online. We now have a wide array of cheap and plentiful platforms for informal learningblogs, wikis, social bookmarks, podcasts, social networks, micro-blogs.

Favorite 2009 posts on Informal Learning Blog

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Here are the most popular posts on the Informal Learning Blog in 2009. Business Impact of Social and Informal Learning. G et Out of the Training Business , my most recent column for Chief Learning Officer, called for the abolition of corporate training departments.

2497 and counting

Harold Jarche

What will you have learned during that decade? Yesterday marked 10 years of blogging here at jarche.com. Having a blog, a public presence to share ideas, enables you to grow a professional network beyond your organization’s walls. Communities Informal Learning

Re-reading A New Culture of Learning

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

A New Culture of Learning by John Seely Brown and Doug Thomas. These paragraphs lept out and grabbed me: Peer-to-Peer Learning. Learning from others is neither new nor revolutionary; it has just been ignored by most of our educational institutions. Informal Learning

Working Smarter, one day at a time

Harold Jarche

Tweet Yesterday we hosted a conversation on social learning and working smarter, facilitated by the folks at Citrix and the eLearning Guild. In Jane’s social learning community a few comments arose about the lack of interaction. Bandura’s Social Learning Theory.

Learning Assessment

Harold Jarche

For March the LCBQ is: How do you assess whether your informal learning, social learning, continuous learning, performance support initiatives have the desired impact or achieve the desired results? Could you do this with informal or social learning?

February Informal Learning Hotlist

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Best of Informal Learning Flow. Blog – Physicist Discovers How to Teleport Energy - Technology Review Feed – Tech Review Top Stories , February 2, 2010. Blog , February 1, 2010. Informal learning from the horse’s mouth - Informal Learning , February 3, 2010. Excellent Technical Resource for Mobile Learning - Workplace Learning Today , February 9, 2010. Tags: General Informal Learning

Seven years and still independent

Harold Jarche

I’ve been putting my thoughts on this blog for seven years now. When I started (19 Feb 2004), the term blog was not exactly mainstream and one media “guru&# said blogs were on their way out. While not radical, this blog has not been corporate mainstream either.

Networked Knowledge: out of the ivory tower

Harold Jarche

Yesterday, I explained some of what I’ve been trying to learn about nuclear fission and power generation. Understanding how people learn and how we can integrate learning into work is a prime professional interest of mine. I am still learning and will continue to do so.

Sense-making

Harold Jarche

The term personal knowledge management (PKM) isn’t about management in a business sense but rather how we can manage to make sense of information and experience in our electronic surround. Knowledge – connecting information to experience (know what, know who, know how).

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Informal learning from the horse’s mouth

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Every morning, my email is littered with very basic questions about informal learning. I’ve been ranting about informal and computer-supported learning in organizations for twelve years now. I’m the Johnny Appleseed of networked, social learning.