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Formalizing informal Learning B Y I nformal learning has been a steady presence in the world of learning. Today, we recognize that individuals learn independently and informally at least some of the time. Informal learning continues to grow with the likelihood it will become more ingrained in organizational culture as Generation Y infiltrates the workforce. Accustom to, and expectant of immediate responses to anything they are seeking, employees born after 1977 are attracted to informal learning. This coming of age workforce, who in a few short years will make up 50 percent of workers, coupled with an ever-expanding global world and increased access to mobile devices, is paving the way for the growth of informal learning. Here’s why: r u t h k u s t o f f It Is an organIzatIon’s tacIt knowledge that wIll become the real competItIve advantage • Gen Yers are used to working as part of a team — they learn while doing and while multitasking. • The number of mobile devices worldwide is 1.1 billion with new applications available every day. • With easy availability of quick, on-thego learning tools, informal learning will become more and more the choice of a mobile, global world where immediate information and knowledge continues to become a necessity. Another area where informal learning may be valuable is in capturing the knowledge and organizational imprint of baby boomers as they leave the workforce. What needs to be garnered from retiring boomers is their tacit knowledge. This is the information, knowledge, insights and experiences in a person’s head. No one is fully able to communicate their own tacit knowledge or transfer it to someone else. Although tacit knowledge is difficult to capture generally, some of it can be shared through informal learning tools that document knowledge in writing. Accessing tacit knowledge is an active role on Training Industry Quarterly, Spring 2013 / A Training Industry, Inc. magazine / 39

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Training Industry Quarterly - Spring 2013

Training Industry Quarterly - Spring 2013
From Where I Sit: Back to the Basics
Table of Contents
Ad Index
Guest Editor: A Brave New World
Extracting Learning From Work
Poor Behavior: Your Brain is Partly to Blame
How to Design Engaging Training Programs
The Missing Link in Learning
Don't Let Training Be Half-Baked
What the Latest Brain Research Tells Us about Designing Learning that Sticks
Motivation: The Key to Learning Transfer
Improving Learning Outcomes with a Bite-Sized Strategy
Adult Development: Predicting Learning Success
From One Brain to Another: What We've Learned about Learning
Formalizing Informal Learning
Tracking Trends
Tweet Suite
Company News

Training Industry Quarterly - Spring 2013