Designing for Informal Learning

Author: Bruno Neal

Publisher: American Society for Training and Development

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 16

View: 771

Informal learning is happening all around you. As a training and development professional, you want to harness and guide that learning so that workers can easily access quality information anytime, anywhere. But where to start? What is informal learning, anyway? This Infoline will teach you how to recognise opportunities for informal learning, and provide you with a framework for promoting and supporting it in whatever form it takes.

Designing Informal Learning Spaces to Support STEM Identity Development for Oromo Youth in the Diaspora

A Situative Perspective

Author: Bontu Mohammed

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 30

View: 522

What does it mean for East African Immigrant adolescents to see themselves in STEM? What does that look like and how can this be approached? Although there are recent studies on how to support identity development and negotiations, and on students “seeing themselves” in science, in the context of informal science learning spaces, this has not been explored with the East African Immigrant population in the United States. Students from the East African Immigrant population possess identities that face layers of marginalization that include language, race, and socio-economic status. In this conceptual paper, I identify design characteristics that I believe will support the STEM identity development of adolescents from the East African Immigrant community in Seattle. I explore research studies that take up identity, and focus in on how these studies are organizing and designing learning spaces to support STEM identity development. In addition, I examine the practices they are incorporating to support identity development. I argue that a Situative perspective to understanding identity, its relationship to contextual factors, is important to understanding my target population and their experiences when thinking about designing STEM learning context to foster STEM identity development. This perspective takes into account the complexity of context, learning, identity development, power, and positionality--specifically, how the organization of a learning space can support or hinder motivation to engage in learning and identity negotiation. Through this research, I have come up with a set of principles of design and practices that I believe will support positive STEM identity development for my target population. I hypothesize that the following principles will support identity development; students seeing themselves in their learning spaces, connecting what students are learning to their own lives, and the practice of positive positioning and to teach resilience through dialouge. What this means is the intentional practice of valuing student participation, contributors to learning space, and as STEM learners. As well as making aware the challenges they may face in their learning and future learning experiences. These principles combined provide practices that culturally and educationally are valued to the East African Immigrant community. In this paper, I expand on these principles and their importance.

Learning by Design

Author: Mary Kalantzis

Publisher: Common Ground

ISBN:

Category: Education

Page: 323

View: 961

Details as experiment in classroom and curriculum transformation and the professional learning of the teachers who participated in the experiment, which involved practical application of the learning theory outlined in this book to everyday classroom practice.

Digital Workplace Learning

Bridging Formal and Informal Learning with Digital Technologies

Author: Dirk Ifenthaler

Publisher: Springer

ISBN:

Category: Education

Page: 325

View: 765

This book aims to provide insight into how digital technologies may bridge and enhance formal and informal workplace learning. It features four major themes: 1. Current research exploring the theoretical underpinnings of digital workplace learning. 2. Insights into available digital technologies as well as organizational requirements for technology-enhanced learning in the workplace. 3. Issues and challenges for designing and implementing digital workplace learning as well as strategies for assessments of learning in the workplace. 4. Case studies, empirical research findings, and innovative examples from organizations which successfully adopted digital workplace learning.

Exploring Informal Learning Space in the University

A Collaborative Approach

Author: Graham Walton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 182

View: 599

Growing student numbers, increased student expectations, new approaches to learning, and fast-paced technological advances all contribute to the need for universities to take a more strategic approach to their buildings, including formal and informal learning spaces. Exploring Informal Learning Space in the University addresses the issue of informal learning space from the perspectives of a comprehensive range of stakeholders, including students, academics, facilities managers, university managers, IT managers, architects, interior designers, and librarians. With contributions from a range of experts, practitioners and academics around the world, this book uses a combination of case studies and theoretical discussion to explore the rationale and theory of informal learning space alongside the practicalities of its planning, development and utilization. The volume is at once ambitious and pragmatic, combining innovative thinking with a firm awareness of practicalities, including the varied constraints faced by universities and the need to work in tandem with broader strategies. Advocating broad collaboration at both planning and delivery stage, the result is essential reading for anyone involved in the delivery of learning space provision – from architects and designers, to university managers and strategists. It will also be of particular interest to academics, researchers and postgraduate students engaged in the study of library & information science or higher education policy and strategy.

Managing and Designing Online Courses in Ubiquitous Learning Environments

Author: Durak, Gürhan

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN:

Category: Education

Page: 356

View: 686

The use of technology has a profound influence in educational settings and has experienced significant paradigm shifts with the advents of e-learning and m-learning. As an expected consequence of the evolution of e-learning and m-learning and improvements in the capability of online networked technologies, educators from the fields of distance education and open and distance learning benefit from ubiquitous learning technologies and environments. With the rising import of flexibility and personalization of online learning programs, this new learning format is needed to accommodate shifting student needs. Managing and Designing Online Courses in Ubiquitous Learning Environments is a critical scholarly resource that provides empirical and theoretical research focused on the effective construction and management of advanced online educational environments. Highlighting a variety of topics such as heutagogy, technology integration, and educational resources, this book is essential for educators, curriculum developers, higher education staff, practitioners, academicians, instructional designers, administrators, policymakers, and researchers.

Informal Learning in Organizations

How to Create a Continuous Learning Culture

Author: Robin Hoyle

Publisher: Kogan Page Publishers

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 405

As the pace of change in the workplace accelerates and training budgets are challenged, it becomes essential for employees to learn as they go along. In this connected world, new ways of learning are emerging all of the time, whether the learning is planned, unexpected or self-directed. For those responsible for learning and development in organizations, understanding how this kind of informal learning can be utilised and measured is key to providing efficient and cost-effective ways of delivering on organizational objectives around people development. Informal Learning in Organizations offers practical tools, including checklists and action plan questions, to guide the Learning and Development practitioner in how to design and implement an informal learning strategy that is personalised to the needs of their own organization. It combines the latest thinking on new technology and practices with established theory and research to provide an evidence-based review of informal learning and its true impact. It offers an overview of how and why informal learning resonates with people, how it works and when and why it doesn't. This book will assist the reader in making sense of their connected environments to create a continuous learning culture in their organizations.

Designing E-learning

Author: Saul Carliner

Publisher: American Society for Training and Development

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 181

View: 435

Instead of designing e-learning programs from scratch, use this book to learn how to adapt your instructional design expertise to the demands of this new environment. Get step-by-step guidelines, discover solutions to key challenges, and learn how to balance the educational needs of your learners with the practical constraints of e-learning. Plus, a valuable ""big picture"" view of e-learning helps you design programs that fit your organization's goals.

Principles and Practice of Informal Education

Learning Through Life

Author: Linda Deer Richardson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category: Education

Page: 304

View: 626

This new and exciting text is aimed at informal educators involved in youth work, community work and adult education and health promotion. The contributors explore the principles and practice of informal education and focus, in particular, on the notion of 'working with' which is central to practice, in this sector. The book argues for an approach which is relevant to a number of professional fields and which focuses on a way of working rather than upon a specific target group. The book looks at the role of an educator in informal education and youth work settings. Comprehensive and analytical, it looks at social, cultural and political contexts of education. The authors discuss the practical side of teaching from the setting, programme planning and communication to activity-based work, one-to-one case work, formal group work and managing the work load. Finally the book analyses developing professional practice, the use of line management and supervision, and evaluation of work.

Measuring and Analyzing Informal Learning in the Digital Age

Author: Mejiuni, Olutoyin

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN:

Category: Education

Page: 336

View: 805

In the twenty-first century, learning—and the definition of education—is changing. New digital, online, and social tools have the ability to transform the classroom and engage learners like never before. In the midst of this technological revolution, it is crucial for educators and administrators to be able to gauge the impact of digital tools on learners in a variety of settings. Measuring and Analyzing Informal Learning in the Digital Age addresses the need for educators, administrators, and professionals across industries to be more attentive to the learning process outside of a traditional classroom setting. As online learning, and MOOCs in particular, become more mainstream, tracking informal learning becomes difficult despite the necessity of feedback and measurement in non-formal learning environments. Investigating some of the primary technologies being used in educational settings and how a less structured and more open learning environment can effectively motivate students and non-traditional learners, this premier reference is a crucial source of information for educators, administrators, theorists, and other professionals in the field of education.

Informal Learning

Rediscovering the Natural Pathways That Inspire Innovation and Performance

Author: Jay Cross

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 348

Most learning on the job is informal. This book offers advice on how to support, nurture, and leverage informal learning and helps trainers to go beyond their typical classes and programs in order to widen and deepen heir reach. The author reminds us that we live in a new, radically different, constantly changing, and often distracting workplace. He guides us through the plethora of digital learning tools that workers are now accessing through their computers, PDAs, and cell phones.

Informal Learning Basics

Author: Saul Carliner

Publisher: American Society for Training and Development

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 893

Informal learning is semi-structured and occurs in a variety of places through daily interactions among a group of people. Though participants have the intention of learning something, it happens outside of a traditional classroom setting without an instructor. This type of learning is increasing in popularity as it allows for learning to happen on-demand and at the learner’s pace. This book introduces readers to informal learning and provides them with practical suggestions for implementing informal learning in their organizations. Readers will discover how people learn informally, ways to provide informal learning, how to use technology to support informal learning, how to make the most of existing resources, and more.

Informal Learning and Digital Media

Author: Kirsten Drotner

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Education

Page: 270

View: 739

The book provides an engaging overview of the ways in which digital media impact on current understandings of informal learning, and it offes a range of grounded studies of the changing relations between digital media and informal learning processes with a particular focus on young people. A variety of international scholars examine these processes across a number of sites and settings, from Japan to Finland and the USA, and they discuss their implications for education, ICT and media. The volume is an ideal resource for graduate students as well as for practitioners and policy-makers.

New Trends on Human-Computer Interaction

Research, Development, New Tools and Methods

Author: José A. Macías

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN:

Category: Computers

Page: 166

View: 775

This book comprises a variety of breakthroughs and recent advances on Human– Computer Interaction (HCI) intended for both researchers and practitioners. Topics addressed here can be of interest for those people searching for last trends involving such a growing discipline. Important issues concerning this book includes cutti- edge topics such as Semantic Web Interfaces, Natural Language Processing and - bile Interaction, as well as new methodological trends such as Interface-Engineering techniques, User-Centred Design, Usability, Accessibility, Development Meth- ologiesandEmotionalUserInterfaces. Theideabehindthisbookistobringtogether relevant and novel research on diverse interaction paradigms. New trends are gu- anteedaccordingtothedemandingclaimsofbothHCIresearchersandpractitioners, which encourage the explicit arrangement of new industrial and technological topics such as the previously cited Interfaces for the Semantic Web, and Mobile Interfaces, but also Multimodal Interaction, Collaborative Interfaces, End-User Development, Usability and User Interface Engineering. Chapters included in this book comprise a selection of top high-quality papers from Interaccion ́ 2007, which is the most important HCI conference sponsored by AIPO (the Spanish HCI Association). Papers were selected from a ranking - tained through double-blind peer review and later meta-review processes, cons- ering the best evaluated paper from both the review and presentation session. Such a paper selection constitutes only 33% of the papers published in the conference proceedings. We would like to thank the reviewers for their effort in revising the chapters included in this publication, namely Silvia T. Acuna, ̃ Sandra Baldasarri, Crescencio Bravo, Cesar A.

The 2010 Pfeiffer Annual

Training

Author: Elaine Biech

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 544

This volume of the popular Pfeiffer Annuals series offers unique activities, articles, and an instrument from experts and practitioners in the field of managerial training. It addresses the design, delivery, and evaluation of interventions that can be used to improve the performance of managers across all sorts of disciplines. This year’s Annual puts the spotlight on communications and offers value information on such topics as negotiation, leadership, situational training, informal learning, trust, and distance learning. The Annual features an international list of expert contributors. Purchase of an Annual includes access to an associated website which features customizable versions of the reproducible items associated with each activity included in the volume.

Informal Learning

Author: Bob Hoffman

Publisher: American Society for Training and Development

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 16

View: 563

Informal learning can pack quite a punch in terms of boosting workplace performance and efficiency. But what is it, and what can you do to promote informal learning in the workplace? According Bob Hoffman, informal learning is anything that is not recognizable as formal training and performance support, such as organized classes, workshops, individualized instruction, and job aids. In addition, it is just-in-time, contextual, individualized, personal, chunked, and limited in scope; in other words, it's exactly what you need at exactly the moment you need it. Informal Learning describes 13 modes of informal learning, including information gathering, help desk use, and mixed teams. Furthermore, this Infoline presents ways that you can evaluate and promote these modes to fit your organizational context.

Digital Systems for Open Access to Formal and Informal Learning

Author: Demetrios G. Sampson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN:

Category: Education

Page: 347

View: 521

Today, Digital Systems and Services for Technology Supported Learning and Education are recognized as the key drivers to transform the way that individuals, groups and organizations “learn” and the way to “assess learning” in 21st Century. These transformations influence: Objectives - moving from acquiring new “knowledge” to developing new and relevant “competences”; Methods – moving from “classroom” based teaching to “context-aware” personalized learning; and Assessment – moving from “life-long” degrees and certifications to “on-demand” and “in-context” accreditation of qualifications. Within this context, promoting Open Access to Formal and Informal Learning, is currently a key issue in the public discourse and the global dialogue on Education, including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Flipped School Classrooms. This volume on Digital Systems for Open Access to Formal and Informal Learning contributes to the international dialogue between researchers, technologists, practitioners and policy makers in Technology Supported Education and Learning. It addresses emerging issues related with both theory and practice, as well as, methods and technologies that can support Open Access to Formal and Informal Learning. In the twenty chapters contributed by international experts who are actively shaping the future of Educational Technology around the world, topics such as: - The evolution of University Open Courses in Transforming Learning - Supporting Open Access to Teaching and Learning of People with Disabilities - Assessing Student Learning in Online Courses - Digital Game-based Learning for School Education - Open Access to Virtual and Remote Labs for STEM Education - Teachers’ and Schools’ ICT Competence Profiling - Web-Based Education and Innovative Leadership in a K-12 International School Setting are presented. An in-depth blueprint of the promise, potential, and imminent future of the field, Digital Systems for Open Access to Formal and Informal Learning is necessary reading for researchers and practitioners, as well as, undergraduate and postgraduate students, in educational technology.

Advancing Medical Education Through Strategic Instructional Design

Author: Stefaniak, Jill

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN:

Category: Medical

Page: 349

View: 198

Changes in technological innovation are altering modern educational systems. With instructional media continuously evolving, educators have a variety of options when deciding what tools are best for delivering their instruction. Advancing Medical Education through Strategic Instructional Design is an essential reference publication for the latest scholarly research on the importance of medical educators’ adherence to instructional design principles to yield optimal learning outcomes. Featuring extensive coverage on several relevant topics and perspectives, such as medical simulation, instructional theory, and performance analysis, this book is ideally designed for educators, physicians, and nurses seeking current research on designing effective instruction for a variety of audiences and learning contexts.

Designing the Smart Organization

How Breakthrough Corporate Learning Initiatives Drive Strategic Change and Innovation

Author: Roland Deiser

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 352

View: 197

Filling a gap in the literature, this book offers an innovative interdisciplinary approach to learning for corporate strategic development, linking the domains of strategy, organizational design, and learning. To demonstrate how this process drives the boundaries of the practice way beyond the established notion of simple training and management education, the book is filled with detailed case studies from leading global organizations, including Siemens, ABB, BASF, the US Army, PricewaterhouseCoopers, EADS, Novartis, and more. These studies reveal how large-scale corporations are using the power of dynamic corporate learning approaches to drive innovation, enhance cultural values, master post-merger integration, transform business models, enhance leadership culture, build technological expertise, foster strategic change processes, and ultimately increase bottom line results. For any company that wants to compete in the 21st century, Designing the Smart Organization offers inspiring perspectives for integrating corporate learning as a core business practice that will create sustainable strategic and organizational capabilities.

The State of the Science in Universal Design

Emerging Research and Developments

Author: Jordana L. Maisel

Publisher: Bentham Science Publishers

ISBN:

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 160

View: 990

"Emerging Research and Developments - The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Design and the Built Environment (RERC-UD), a federally funded research center located in The University at Buffalo, hosted a series of State of the Science ("