Informal learning is a type of learning that is passed casually from subject matter expert to the learner without any intermediation or formalization, in process of everyday activity, during "watetrcooler conversations" and by example. Informal learning is an important part of learning process. It works best for advanced learners, who already have built some knowledge framework. See also formal learning.
Informal work-related adult education activities that take place without an instructor. Examples of such activities include on-the-job demonstrations by a supervisor or coworker; on-the-job mentoring or supervised training; self-paced study using books, videos, or computer-based software; attendance at brown-bag or informal presentations; and attendance at conferences, trade shows, or conventions related to one's work or career.
The acquisition of skills and knowledge outside of structured learning events through reading and discussion. This is now facilitated by Web sites and on-line discussion groups. The more structured types of informal learning are sometimes considered to be knowledge management.
a type of education or training program in which learners define what they want to learn and learning is considered successful when learners feel that they are able to master their intended objectives (whether or not the course designers believe that the learners have or have not demonstrated mastery). Contrast with formal learning.
Learning gained outside a formal course of study provided by a post-secondary education institution. Also referred to as non-formal learning.
Occurs in everyday life and may not even be recognized as learning by the individual. For example, using a television guide may not be equated by an individual as having learned how to use a table. Related concepts/terms include: incidental learning.
Learning resulting from daily activities related to work, family or leisure. It is not organised or structured in terms of objectives, time or learning support. Informal learning is in most cases unintentional from the learnerâ€™s perspective. It typically does not lead to certification. [EQF
See â€˜ personal learning programsâ€™ and â€˜ Recognition of Community Learningâ€™.
Informal learning is to be understood as unorganized and not formally defined learning at home and at work. It is how you learned to speak.