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What’s the Real Scoop on Informal Learning?
Dec. 11, 2012
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Pacific Time
Informal learning is hot right now — everyone seems to be talking about it, many are advocating more use of it in the workplace, and a few even suggest it should replace formal training. But what's the real scoop? Can informal learning replace formal learning or do they have a different relationship? What are the strengths of informal learning and how can organizations leverage those? What pitfalls does informal learning present? How can learning professionals evaluate informal learning?
In this session, we'll talk with Informal Learning Basics author Saul Carliner about his research and experiences with informal learning; how informal learning leverages technical-communication, instructional-design, and coaching skills; and how organizations can leverage informal learning — especially the informal learning that's happening already and that most people don’t know about, much less acknowledge.
Saul Carliner’s research interests include emerging forms of online learning and communication for the workplace, and the management of groups that produce these materials. Also an industry consultant, Saul provides strategic-planning services and workshops for clients such as Alltel Wireless, Bell Canada, the Bronx Zoo, IBM, Lowe's, and several U.S. and Canadian federal agencies. Saul has published seven books and 140 articles, is a board member of the Canadian Society for Training and Development, is a past ASTD research fellow, and is a Society for Technical Communication fellow and past international president.