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Oops, did I learn something? Informal learning in academia Patricia McGee, UTSA SA-ASTD May 2007
definition - formal learning* Refers to learning through a program of instruction in an educational institution, adult training centre or in the workplace, which is generally recognized in a qualification or a certificate.
definition - non-formal learning* Refers to learning through a program but it is not usually evaluated and does not lead to certification.
definition - informal learning* Refers to learning resulting from daily work-related, family or leisure activities.
Points to ponder IL is inherently learner-centered Most workplace learning is informal Shifts role of the instructional designer Tacit knowledge is a key component Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) enhances IL
PLAR "the process of identifying, assessing and recognizing skills, knowledge, or competencies that have been acquired through work experience, unrecognized training, independent study, volunteer activities, and hobbies. PLA may be applied toward academic credit, toward requirement of a training program, or for occupational certification."
Why do we like about informal learning? ProsCons
Its all about ME! … It gets our Attention, it is Relevant to us, it builds our Confidence, and it Satisfies us (ARCS)
learning across the lifespan?
examples - web 2.0 applications All taken from Definition Learner Instructor Example Tool/Resource
peer learning Study aides - stu.dicio.us Stu.dicio.us
Gabbly - Web page Gabbly window
learner reporting Blogs - text, audio, video (vlog)
peer learning Virtual communities of practice (VCOPs)
collaboration* Buddy Space
How can IL be supported? Encourage/provide access to Mentors Allow for flexible Time Help improve Learning Skills Collect and disseminate organizational/individual Knowledge