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Informal Learning?
European research revealed that Informal Learning is very effective to improve your results. We are experienced in targeted application of Informal Learning at workplaces and in classroom situations.

With this quickscan you will get instant insight whether your staff or your students are able to apply Informal Learning. Ask for our advice after you have filled in this form.

What is informal learning?
Informal learning is spontaneous, natural learning that often occurs on a subconscious level, as if it just ‘happens’, in any place where people individually and collectively acquire experience and knowledge, during their lifetime.

Informal learning in the workplace is primarily learning of and from the job through practice. Significance is only achieved when knowledge and skills are linked to practice.

Informal learning may be taken for granted to such an extent that it is not recognised as such and at the workplace is considered a by-product of the job.

The experience gained in the workplace by ‘doing’ the work and making mistakes or trying out things, has great value. Informal learning not only results in gaining knowledge, but also instantly contributes positively to the primary organisational process. Employees need not take part in off-site educational routes as much, resulting in a significant reduction of costs due to delays and stoppages. Scientific research into informal learning also shows a far higher level of knowledge transfer and effectiveness. Employees are also often far more motivated, because informal learning largely takes place in a familiar environment, and integrates seamlessly into existing expertise.

Why informal learning?
Research by ROA, the Research Institute for Education and Labour Market at Maastricht University, shows that 94% of employees’ learning processes are in fact informal learning.
If informal learning bears this amount of value, it may be useful to set up organisations so that informal learning is actively promoted (facilitated, encouraged and validated).
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Informal Learning - the Model

Visualisation of the abstract ‘informal learning’ phenomenon

You might ask yourself
To what degree do we apply Informal Learning (in my organisation, workplace/ classrooms, school team)?
Is the workplace/ class furnished to support Informal Learning?

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Still not convinced? Ask us why we think Informal Learning is an excellent method to add to your curriculum when you want to work with tablets or iPads in the classroom:
e-mail: informallearning@tabletopschool.eu