nformal learning makes up 80% of learning in a business, but training budgets are nearly entirely invested in formal (instructor led, classroom) learning, even though research shows that 30% of this doesn’t actually deliver any measurable value.
Informal learning enables information to quickly flow through a business and for 78% of managers, the rate at which information changes represents their greatest learning challenge. See the connection?
As a leading figure in informal learning, we have interviewed Jay Cross to get his opinion on this matter. In summary, he is of the opinion that formal learning still is an important part in a business but that informal learning should not be neglected.
This is Jay’s definition (and suitable metaphor) of informal learning:
“Informal learning is the unofficial, unscheduled, impromptu way most people learn to do their jobs. Informal learning is like riding a bicycle: the rider chooses the destination and the route. The cyclist can take a detour at a moment’s notice to admire the scenery or help a fellow rider. Formal learning is like riding on the bus, you get in and out where it stops, not when or where you want.”