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Section 1: What is informal learning and why it is important?

What is informal learning and how does it differ from formal learning?

Throughout our lives, we are involved in informal learning up to 80-90% of the time. Informal learning is shaped by your interests and needs. Take a moment to learn more.

Who is involved in informal learning?

Basically, everyone is involved in informal learning at one level or another. There are some groups of adults who are more active in informal learning than others. Take a moment to learn more.

How are educators different?

Educators are professionals; however, because of their craft, they involve themselves in informal learning slightly differently than other professions.

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Impact of informal learning on the workplace.

The success of a learning organization is based on resources available and availability to its learners. [1] If you want a high-performing organization, then get employees to raise the level of training. [2] Learning must be a core value of the company. [2]

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Impact of informal learning on relationship with clients.

The clients the University of Wyoming Extension educators interact with are typically adult learners who are expecting quality programming that must meet their needs. As adult learners, they operate under the same motivations and concerns typical of adult learners. It is up to us as educators to get the most out of our interactions.

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References

  1. Knowles, M. (1980). The modern practice of adult education: From pedagogy to andragogy (Rev. and Updated.). Chicago: Association Press.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Tobin, D. (2000). All learning is self-directed: How organizations can support and encourage independent learning. Alexandria VA: ASTD.

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