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Informal Learning in the Workplace

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Informal Learning in the Workplace
What is the Future of the Informal Learning Trend?

Trendy Techies
Presenter: Corrinne Stull
Sylke Lopez
Rachel Suomi
Kaiqiang Deng

Team Members
Advantages & Disadvantages
What is the Impact of the Informal Learning Trend?

What’s Driving the “Informal Learning” Trend?

Rachel Suomi
Corrinne Stull
Sylke Lopez


informal learning


factors that drive the trend

Pros & Cons


impacts of future
Informal Learning
Definition of Informal Learning
What is Informal Learning?

Social learning “on the fly” offering an individualized, more hands-on approach to learning.

Must attract participants and also hold their attention

Examples of Informal Learning in the Workplace

Importance of Informal Learning

Longer to develop
Most commonly presented in a training class
More control on the learner’s experience

Less structured
Quicker to develop
Multiple options for learning
More flexibility
Learner has more control over their learning experience

Effective Informal Learning
Must be vivid, emotional, unexpected, and idiosyncratic
Examples of Informal Learning in the Workplace

Participating in a lunch and learn

Researching work-related problems

Observing co-workers doing the job

Engaging in trial and error of work-related tasks

Leading a new project initiative


Web 2.0 technologies

low cost


Intrinsic desire to learn
More learner control
Personal to the learner
Less intimidating to some people
Faster access to information
Less costly
More time efficient
Subject Matter Experts more likely to share their knowledge

Low intrinsic desire to learn equals minimal learning
Does not provide structure to help the learner discover what they need to know
Difficult to measure results
Important information can be missed
No goals or evaluation

Youtube videos
3D printers

Social media
Computer supported collaborative learning

Wider variety of learning formats using advanced technologies creating more interactive and flexible instructional systems:

More effective collaboration and sharing of learning anywhere and anytime:
More personalized and just-in-time instruction systems, increasing efficiency and reducing cost

Increased fidelity of virtual worlds or simulations allowing the design of more immersive and authentic learning environments

“The ability of professionals and employees to make learning happen, continuously, and not just in the four walls of a classroom.”

Thank you!
Kaiqiang Deng

Definition informal learning
Factors that drive the informal learning trend
Advantages and disadvantages of informal learning
Impact and future of informal learning

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