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Informal Learning Center

People acquire the skills they use at work informally — talking, observing others, trial-and-error, and simply working with people in the know. Formal training and workshops account for only 5% to 20% of what people learn from experience and interactions. Show More Summary

This blog is closing…

I started this blog when Informal Learning was released, November 10, 2006. The informal learning meme has gone mainstream. I am gratified. That crusade is behind me. Informal learning is more important than ever. It’s part of life. It no longer needs an in-your-face site to promote it. These days I focus my energies on helping organizations work [...]

Re-reading A New Culture of Learning

A New Culture of Learning by John Seely Brown and Doug Thomas This short book (136 pages) is inspiring. I just read it a second time, something I very rarely do. These paragraphs lept out and grabbed me: Peer-to-Peer Learning In the new culture of learning, people learn through their interaction and participation with one another in [...]

Free webinar, Wednesday, February 16th

Training Smarter, Working Smarter Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 11 AM PST/ 2 PM EST FREE Considering the fast pace and super-connectedness of today’s business environment, is the old static classroom really the best place for achieving...Show More Summary

Buy some inspiration before the year ends

Amazon just dropped the price of Informal Learning to $28.96. The Kindle edition is $26.06. You can buy a giant (4? x 2?), durable, grommeted Informal Learning poster in the Internet Time Store. The Store also offers an online, read-only version of The Working Smarter Fieldbook for $12. Got money you have to spend before year-end? The Internet [...]

ePub format

This inquiry will explore the ePub format and its potential for creating unbooks. Please join in. Read this as an ePub Copy the file ePub_inquiry.epub file to the Books section of iTunes. Then sync your iPad and computer. This file should appear in the iBooks app. Once you open the file, select the Sepia color and your choice [...]

LMS – Enough already

I am growing weary of the shouting match termed the Great LMS Debate and don’t plan to waste any more breath on it. Others are articulating the issues well. Check these out: In The LMS Must Die, Mark Berthelemy highlights all the learning needs that LMS don‘t deal with. All the time we have LMS’s, organisations will [...]

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Informal Learning and Learnscapes

Working Smarter: The “unbook” that shows why informal learning must be part of everyone’s future learnscapes By Sahana Chattopadhyay via Amplify The excerpt below from @janebozarth reflects her takeaway from Jay Cross’ unbook, Working Smarter. I finished reading the book last week and have been meaning to summarize my learning from it. Then, I came across the [...]

Carl Rogers

Student-centered learning, that is, putting students first, is in stark contrast to existing establishment/teacher-centred lecturing and careerism. Student-centered learning is focused on the student’s needs, abilities, interests, and learning styles with the teacher as a facilitator of learning. Show More Summary

Where Social Learning Thrives

Read this inspiring Fast Company blog post by Marcia Conner. She nails what I have been calling learnscaping. Growing a culture of service is more like planting a garden than building a shed. A garden requires tending, whereas a shed is built once. A social learning culture requires design, training, guidance, leadership, monitoring and celebrating [...]

Informal learning from the horse’s mouth

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 I make 95% of my work available on the net at no charge. You can find it in blogs, presentations, articles, [...]

An example of informal learning from Europe

Three years ago I talked with a former KPPG consultant, Harm Wegstra, at Online Educa Berlin. Harm told me about his team’s experience with informal learning in an engagement with Sara Lee. Here’s an extract of an email Harm sent me. Hi Jay, As promised, I send you some details about the research I’ve done at [...]

8 Dirty Words

CLO online edition Dirty Words by Jay Cross Last year I led workshops in London, Madrid, San Jose, Quebec, and Berlin on how to sell social networking and informal learning to senior management. Top executives have little time so it’s important to have a one-minute elevator pitch ready for chance encounters with them. The workshops culminate with everyone [...]

People Policy at IDEO

John Foster describes human resources at IDEO during the Future of Talent Retreat at Asilomar.

After-Christmas Sale: Informal Learning

New Year’s Resolution: Use informal learning to improve organizational performance in 2010. Informal Learning is on sale at Amazon for $18.18. (List price is $40.) Informal Learning: Rediscovering the Natural Pathways That Inspire Innovation...Show More Summary

Hot informal sites in December 2009

Informal Learning Flow is back! It’s my one-stop-shop for keeping up with things that influence informal learning — and generally don’t show up on traditional learning sites. Here are hot items from December 1, 2009 to December 27, 2009 Swimming in Data? Three Benefits of Visualization-, December 4, 2009 The Best and the Worst Tech of the [...]

Play within a play

Snapshot of Tweeps in #lrnchat simultaneously dancing in Second Life.

Andy McAfee

MIT’s Andy McAfee tells the story of Newpedia, reluctance to adopt web 2.0, and why people don’t flock to better mousetraps on this video from McKinsey. Also, how to fail: impatience, paranoia, overly conservative CIOs, poor planning. Andy’s Enterprise 2.0 is a great book, but at least half its message is carried in the video. Watch [...]

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