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Informal Learning : Rediscovering the Natural Pathways That Inspire Innovation and Performance

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Most learning on the job is informal. This book offers advice on how to support, nurture, and leverage informal learning and helps trainers to go beyond their typical classes and programs in order to widen and deepen heir reach. The author reminds us that we live in a new, radically different, constantly changing, and often distracting workplace. He guides us through the plethora of digital learning tools that workers are now accessing through their computers, PDAs, and cell phones.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 177.8 x 233.68 x 20.32mm | 589.67g
  • Jossey-Bass Inc.,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0787981699
  • 9780787981693
  • 363,442

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Advance Praise for Informal Learning

"The key to the twenty-first century will be in learning how toleverage informal learning for us all. Jay provides us with anevocative road map to how we can do this."
--John Seely Brown, coauthor, Social Life of Information, andformer chief scientist, Xerox Corp.

"Informal learning is the perfect theme for exploring the nextwave of our field. Jay Cross continues to push our thinking on thetransformational forces of knowledge, learning, and performance. Amust read!"
--Elliott Masie, founder, The MASIE Center's LearningCONSORTIUM

"In an outsourced, automated age, informal learning has becomethe key to high performance and personal fulfillment. And now JayCross has written the very best primer on this woefully neglectedtopic. This is a book for both sides of your brain!"
--Daniel H. Pink, author, A Whole New Mind

"Jay Cross provides an important challenge for us all--tomove our focus from the classroom to the workplace, and in doingso, reframe what we do in ways that much more closely reflect howpeople actually learn and perform on the job. InformalLearning has profound implications for how we--fromtrainers to chief learning officers and from frontline businessmanagers to executives--must rethink our ideas and practices, not in some distant future, but right now."
--Marc J. Rosenberg, management consultant, and author, Beyond E-Learning

"This book shows how informal learning experiences connect uswith information, help us share ideas, and obtain new perspectives, and even help us create new knowledge together."
--Ellen Wagner, director, Worldwide eLearning, AdobeSystems

"The one sentence from this book that hit me like a train: 'Mostcorporations invest their training budget where it will have theleast impact.' Wow. In an era of demanding ROI, shrinking budgets, and the insistence to do more with less, think of the impact thatinformal learning could have if it could truly focus learning andefforts for maximum impact."
--Mark Oehlert, learning strategy architect, Booz AllenHamilton
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Table of contents

Preface. Acknowledgments. Introduction. PART ONE: CONCEPTS. Chapter 1: Out of Time. Chapter 2: A Natural Way of Learning. Chapter 3: Show Me The Money. Chapter 4: Emergence. Chapter 5: Connecting. Chapter 6: Meta-Learning. PART TWO: LEARNERS. Chapter 7: Learners. PART THREE: CASES. Chapter 8: Envisioning. Chapter 9: Conversation. Chapter 10: Communities. Chapter 11: Unblended. Chapter 12: The Web. Chapter 13: Grokking. Chapter 14: Unconferences. PART FOUR: JUST DO IT. Chapter 15: Just Do It. Appendix A: Informal Learning in a Nutshell. Appendix B: Where Did The 80 Percent Come From? Appendix C: Institute for Research On Learning. Glossary. Resources. References. Index. About The Author.
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Review quote

"I was an unlikely candidate to buy into Jay Cross's theory that formal learning is largely ineffective. But my curiosity got the better of me, and I found myself totally engrossed in his out-of-the-ordinary thinking on learning." (T+D Magazine, February 2007)
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About Jay Cross

Jay Cross coined the term eLearning. He has championed informal learning since designing the first business degree program offered by the University of Phoenix. He served as long-term CEO of eLearning Forum. An internationally acclaimed strategist, speaker, and designer of corporate performance systems, Jay is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School.
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