Informal Learning in Organizations: How to Create a Continuous Learning Culture

  • 4h 19m
  • Robin Hoyle
  • Kogan Page
  • 2015

As the pace of change in the workplace speeds up and training budgets are challenged, it becomes essential for employees to learn as they go along. In this connected world, new ways of learning are emerging all of the time, whether the learning is planned, unexpected or self-directed. For those responsible for learning and development in organizations, understanding how this kind of informal learning can be utilised and measured is key to providing efficient and cost-effective ways of delivering on organizational objectives around people development.

Informal Learning in Organizations offers practical tools, including checklists and action plan questions, to guide the Learning and Development practitioner in how to design and implement an informal learning strategy that is personalised to the needs of their own organization. It combines the latest thinking on new technology and practices with established theory and research to provide an evidence-based review of informal learning and its true impact. It offers an overview of how and why informal learning resonates with people, how it works and when and why it doesn't. This book will assist the reader in making sense of their connected environments and creating a continuous learning culture in their organizations.

About the Author

Robin Hoyle is a training and development professional, and through his company Learnworks, he works with global organizations designing blended learning programs, particularly in the area of sustainability, commercial governance and marketing. He has been the principal designer on over 250 e-Learning projects, with over 100,000 users in 150 countries currently learning through these programs.

In this Book

  • What is Informal Learning?
  • A Model of Informal Learning
  • The Capability Contract
  • Formal Training and the Budget Paradox
  • Informal Doesn't Mean Unmanaged
  • Informal Learning and Culture
  • Liking, Learning and Looking Up the Answers
  • Is there Hope Beyond the Social Media Hype?
  • Smarter Social Tools?
  • Social Networking Skills for Learning and Collaboration
  • Learning from Academia: MOOCs and the Flipped Classroom
  • Integrating Learning into Work
  • Measuring and Evaluating
  • The Informal Learning Action Plan


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