Informal Learning

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September 2017

  • Using Design Thinking to Embed Learning in Our Jobs

    Since we now expect learning to be as simple and compelling as watching YouTube, hundreds of video-based content providers and MOOCs offer free bite-sized content for us to consume on our phones while sitting in the coffee shop or standing in the subway. But corporate learning management systems remain slow, hard to use, and difficult to maintain. They’re getting in the way of employee development instead of supporting it.

August 2017

July 2017

  • Talking to Yourself (Out Loud) Can Help You Learn

    Ross is a learning researcher, and he’s familiar with the effective, but often underestimated, learning strategy known as self-explaining. The approach revolves around asking oneself explanatory questions like, ”What does this mean? Why does it matter?” It really helps to ask them out loud. One study shows that people who explain ideas to themselves learn almost three times more than those who don’t.

  • Cybersecurity Has a Serious Talent Shortage. Here’s How to Fix It

    A report from Frost & Sullivan and (ISC)2 found that the global cybersecurity workforce will have more than 1.5 million unfilled positions by 2020. But the security industry is a fast-growing market, with IDC pegging it as becoming a $101 billion opportunity by 2020. So what’s causing the talent shortage?

June 2017

September 2015

  • How to Design Work Projects for Maximum Learning

    Skill development is clearly a major priority for companies and managers these days. Enrollment in learning programs has surged over the last few years to generate a global executive education market of over $70 billion a year. People are also being asked by their bosses or HR to attend conferences, read case studies, watch videos, and try their hand at simulations, all with the goal of picking up new ideas and techniques.