We are always looking for ways to build partnerships between the University and the private sector, so when I saw the title of this article from a corporate-oriented ezine, Collaborating With Universities to Create a Continuous Learning Culture, I had to check it out. What struck me though was the section on informal learning:
"Although formal learning and especially learning leading to educational credentials is a critical tool for developing your employees, you also need to acknowledge and address head-on the fact that most work-related learning occurs informally, on the job. A 1998 study by the Center for Workforce Development estimated that more than 60 percent of the most critical knowledge and skills are learned at work, not in a classroom.
The trick for employers is to learn how to encourage informal learning and provide more opportunities for informal learning to take place. Examples of such opportunities include: cross-training; peer training; working in teams, especially cross-functional ones; problem-solving sessions; rotational assignments between departments; [and] mentoring relationships."
I found myself wondering to what extent universities ever thought about structuring informal learning within their administrations, particularly within IT departments.......Posted by Chris Hodge at April 27, 2004 04:46 PM | Links to this post