The debate over informal learning

Entrance to Oxford Union eLearning Debate
Today eLearn Magazine published a story on the debate at Oxford on whether informal learning is more style than substance.

It was a rollicking good time, with Allison Rossett, Nancy Lewis, and Mark Doughty futilely making the argument that informal learning is style, and Bill Dutton, David Wilson, and I debating that informal learning is substantive.

Oxford Union Debate: For the house

To get the flavor of the event, here’s a bit of video:

The audience voted 5:1 against the house motion that informal learning is more style than substance, but corporate behavior demonstrates that the issue remains very debatable.
The Speakers and Chair

More on the debate

One thought on “The debate over informal learning”

  1. The term informal education needs to be understood, if at all, first. Like we heard and saw in the video many things that we conventionally take as a part of informal education is actually pretty significant for a person’s growth and knowledge!

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