Informal learning is emerging as one of the most powerful disciplines in our industry. The tools and methodologies that have been developed over the past several years are changing the learning landscape in amazing ways. But there are a number of misunderstandings about this critical approach. I’d like to share some myths I’ve encountered when trying to intentionally implement a successful informal learning strategy.
1. Informal learning doesn’t need structure.
2. Informal learning approaches such as social networks can replace training.
3. E-learning is informal learning.
4. An effective and thorough training program negates the need for informal learning.
5. It’s only informal learning if it’s immediate and embedded.
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