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Informal Learning


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Informal Learning

  1. 1. Informal Learning <ul><li>Presentation Includes: </li></ul><ul><li>Definition </li></ul><ul><li>Types of Informal Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Comparison to Formal Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>References </li></ul><ul><li>Informal Learning Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>EDTC 560/ Applications of Multimedia and Web Page Design </li></ul><ul><li>Amanda Halverson </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Brian Shaw </li></ul><ul><li>University of Phoenix </li></ul><ul><li>October 13, 2008 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Informal Learning Defined <ul><li>Determined by the individual </li></ul><ul><li>Absent of mentor, coach, or teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Unstructured activities </li></ul><ul><li>Smith & Smith, 2008 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Types of Informal Learning <ul><li>Mundel & Schugurensky, 2008 </li></ul>  Socialization   Incidental   Self-Directed Conscious? Intentional? Type of Learning
  4. 4. Formal vs. Informal Learning <ul><li>Classroom learning </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational goals </li></ul><ul><li>Concrete assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Real-world experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Individualized goals </li></ul><ul><li>Reflective meaning-making </li></ul>
  5. 5. Informal Learning Examples <ul><li>Youth programs </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer programs </li></ul><ul><li>Online communities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bull et al., 2008 </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Benefits of Informal Learning <ul><li>Individualized learning objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Objectives are more meaningful </li></ul><ul><li>Creates more teachable moments </li></ul>
  7. 7. References <ul><li>Bolt, S. (2008, May). Synchronising formal and informal learning in the workplace to enhance professional development. International Journal of Learning , 15 (4), 57-65. Retrieved October 13, 2008, from Education Research Complete database. </li></ul><ul><li>Bull, G., Thompson, A., Searson, M., Garofalo, J., Park, J., Young, C., et al. (2008, April). Connecting informal and formal learning experiences in the age of participatory media. Contemporary Issues in Technology & Teacher Education , 8 (2), 100-107. Retrieved October 13, 2008, from Education Research Complete database. </li></ul><ul><li>Mündel, K., & Schugurensky, D. (2008, Summer2008). Community based learning and civic engagement: Informal learning among adult volunteers in community organizations. New Directions for Adult & Continuing Education , Retrieved October 13, 2008, from EBSCOhost. </li></ul><ul><li>Smith, M., & Smith, T. (2008, Summer2008). Low-Education adults' participation in informal learning activities: relationships with selected demographic characteristics. Adult Basic Education & Literacy Journal , 2 (2), 67-73. Retrieved October 13, 2008, from MasterFILE Premier database. </li></ul>