The Other 80%

At work we learn more in the breakroom than in the classroom. We discover how to do our jobs through informal learning -- observing others, asking the person in the next cubicle, calling the help desk, trial-and-error, and simply working with people in the know. Formal learning - classes and workshops and online events - is the source of only 10% to 20% of what we learn at work.

Yet corporations, non-profits, and government invest most of their budgets in formal learning, when it?s apparent that most learning is informal. This stands common sense on its head. It?s the 20/80 rule: Invest your resources where they?ll do the least good.

Informal Learning -- the Other 80% is the theme of the May 16th meeting of eLearning Forum. We'll offer numerous suggestions on how to leverage informal learning. I need a little help fleshing out our agenda. Specifically, I'm looking for:

  • Anecdotes about informal learning in corporations (which might include such things as story-telling, blogs, IM, mentors, creating space and time for informal learning, etc.). We'll post the stories on the Forum website.

  • A brief, whiz-bang demo of Instant Messanger from someone who uses IM in their work. The more remote the location, the better.


Posted by Jay Cross at April 30, 2003 11:54 PM | TrackBack
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Hi Jay,

I hope the May 16th meeting can have an online synchronous component.

It would be really nice for remote "attendees" to be able to contribute to proceedings via computer conferencing during the Forum meeting.

Regards

Doug

Posted by: Doug Symington at May 3, 2003 10:44 PM

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