Informal Learning Basics, my newest book from ASTD Press, should hit bookshelves at the end of May.
This book, which explores one of the hottest topics in training today, describes how training and development and other Human Resources professionals can better harness informal learning. By some accounts, informal learning—in which learners define some combination of the process, location, purpose, and content of learning and may or may not be conscious that learning occurred—provides as much as 70 percent of all learning in the workplace with little or no involvement of training and development professionals.
So readers have realistic expectations and plans for the application of informal learning in the workplace, the book first describes how informal learning works and identifies how to use it effectively at key touch points in the life cycle of a job. Then, to help readers harness the power of informal learning, this book describes how readers can support 22 specific types of group and individual informal learning, how social, enterprise and other instructional technologies can assist in those efforts, and how to evaluate informal learning. Each chapter includes exercises that help readers apply the concepts presented in the book and worksheets that readers can use when planning informal learning efforts in their organizations.
Keep checking this blog for updates on the publication.