Welcome to Informal Learning

October 14, 2008
This site supports the “Formal & Informal Learning: Training for Performance” workshop  presented October, 16, 2008 at the Utah Training Consortium Trainer’s Day Camp. For review, you will find all the workshop materials, including the slide show and handouts.
Training for Performance

Training for Performance

The workshop covered ways to extend formal training’s reach outside the classroom. As an example of informal teaching tools and techniques, this site provides practice activities that will help you continue learning and building skills after the workshop.

The most effective informal learning takes place with other people, so feel free to join in the discussion. Let’s continue learning together.


Social Media and Informal Learning

November 6, 2008

Here are links to short/ fun videos about social media. These are Web 2.0 tools that could be used to enable informal learning in an organization.

As you will see, these tools can be found for free on the web. Many can even be installed for free in-house. The problem is that many organizations frown on using unsecured external services and convincing them to provide these services in-house may be difficult. For State of Utah agencies that use the Career Management Services (CMS) system, most of these social media functions are already paid for and available in CMS…they just need to be tweaked for the organization’s purposes and turned on.

Social Media 3:44 min. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpIOClX1jPE

  • This is a good overview to start with
  • CMS allows for rankings, reviews, ratings, meta data, search, communities etc.
  • CMS also allows for control of who can participate in each community

Blogs 2:58 min. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN2I1pWXjXI

  • This would be very helpful to connect state and regional trainers as well as policy specialists and SMEs
  • CMS provides this functionality

Wikis 3:52 min. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dnL00TdmLY

  • Related to blogs, but more focused on collaborative group work
  • CMS allows this sort of collaborative work on shared documents, with version tracking

RSS Feeds 3:44 min. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0klgLsSxGsU

  • This is like the subscription service in CMS collaboration
  • It allows a person to know when wikis, blogs, documents, comments etc are updated so they can keep up with the changes without having to check if something has changed

Social Bookmarking 3:25 min. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x66lV7GOcNU

  • Possibilities: Share good web resource amongst designers, developers, team or UTC

Discussion Boards– there is not a video for this one, but it is a feature of CMS

Summing it all up…

October 22, 2008

I came across this article today. Too bad I didn’t read it before the Day Camp, it put some things very nicely I would have liked to include. I highly recommend Catherine Lombardozzi’s article “Learning Environment Design“. She says,

We can be both more responsive, and more effective, in meeting the rapidly changing learning needs of employees if we take a more comprehensive view of what we can do to support learning and skill building. Designing comprehensive learning environments
should be our new standard.

We must be THE experts at delivering performer capability – to ensure that employees have the knowledge and skills they need to get the job done well. We can’t simply create high-tech spot solutions, or respond impulsively to learners’ (and managers’) desires to employ “Learning 2.0” technologies. We must know the variety of tools and techniques, both high-tech and simple, that can generate learning, and support application of that learning in the workplace. We must educate ourselves on what makes each of these components and techniques effective, and we must learn how to design, develop, and implement them efficiently and effectively.

Dr. Lombardozzi’s blog can be found at http://learningjournal.wordpress.com/

Also, you may want to become a member of the eLearning Guild–it’s free. They send out a weekly eMagazine (where I got this article) that has very insightful articles and other helpful resources.

ACTIVITY #1: Training System Analysis

October 14, 2008

What did you learn about your training system from completing this analysis? Please share. (See instructions in the Post Workshop Activity Guide.)

ACTIVITY #2: Critical Thinking About Informal Learning

October 14, 2008

The goal of this activity is to get you thinking critically about what Jay Cross says in his 10 minute video about informal learning.


Questions for Thought
Do you agree or disagree? How might this information change the way you do things. Please leave your comments, or comment about someone else’s comments. Let’s talk!

ACTIVITY #3: What is eLearning 2.0?

October 14, 2008

What is eLearning 2.0 and how can it help with informal learning? (See instructions in the Post Workshop Activity Guide.)

When leaving comments, please indicate which article you are referring to.

ACTIVITY #4: Survey Monkey

October 14, 2008

If you created a quiz, test or evaluation on SurveyMonkey, please comment on how it went. How will you use this technology in your organization?

If you have an example, please include the URL in your comment.

ACTIVITY #5: Create a Course Blog

October 14, 2008

This site is an example of a web site that could be used to support informal learning. Even if you do not have the opportunity to create your own blog, what are some other ways that you foresee using this technology?

Feel free to leave a comment. If you have a  good example of technology that supports formal or informal learning please include the URL in your comment.

ACTIVITY #6: IPEF & KSA Performance Levels

October 14, 2008

Here are some of the IPEF & KSA Performance Levels grids that other participants sent in.

  • Quinten’s grid
  • Additional grids will be added here

Leave us your comments. What is on your grid that we may find helpful?