Formal learning is a type of learning that can be instructionally designed, formalized (also in form of e-learning), and taught. Formal learning is an important part of learning process. It works best for novice learners who are yet to build some knowledge framework. See also informal learning".
Formal work-related adult education is defined by the presence of an instructor and includes a college degree or post-degree certificate program for work-related reasons, a vocational degree/diploma program for work-related reasons, an apprenticeship program leading to journeyman status in a skilled trade or craft, and work-related courses (training, workshops, seminars, courses, or classes taken for work-related reasons).