Informal learning is not a substitution for formal learning, but it may be a key to success because it encourages thinking outside the box and is more interesting method of learning.
FREMONT, CA: Informal learning refers to the spontaneous, ad-hoc learning most of us engage in every day. Informal learning refers to learning that exists outside a formal educational curriculum. It has been used as an umbrella term to describe a myriad of learning events. It is a more exciting way to learn things than the formal learning method; moreover, it is empowering, cheap and encourages lateral thinking.
A better resolution of those gaps is to provide guidance for informal learning in the form of knowledge bases by lists of common lessons. These job aids can be made available as supplemental learning tools, rather than formal assessments. Educators can be encouraged to guide learners to such repositories as a supplement to their informal huddles and conversations. Many modern LMS solutions also provide job aid libraries.
Learners can help the people who join the team after them with their own learning experience, tips and tricks. On the other hand, they can also be encouraged to document their journeys. Mostly the voices of those who have just encountered challenges are more relevant and useful for new learners, as experts are often so experienced that it is difficult for them to teach all the appropriate steps it takes to get from the beginning of a challenge to the end.
Social Learning Spaces
Modern learners get a space and opportunity to inquire, listen, lurk, socialize and relax through Social learning spaces. With this kind of platform, the informal learning environment becomes less threatening than the more formal areas in the workplace. Nowadays, modern LMS solutions are available, which include social discussion/learning forums, and even video and audio recording options. It also allows people to share ideas, ask questions, and get to know more about the workplace and the work.
This kind of platform for training doesn’t have to involve a conventional classroom or structured syllabus, and a learner can also turn many casual conversations into teaching moments.