So 80% of Learning is meant to be Informal Learning. What does Informal Learning mean? To me it means Learning outside the classroom, outside of the “typical educational setting.”
Informal learning (2) is the learning that comes from being in a learning situation but which is outside the formal learning and teaching settings, including learning from casual conversations over coffee and use of new technologies to access information.
Merriam & Caffarella (1999, p.21) defines formal learning as: formal learning takes place in educational institutions and often leads to degrees or credit of some sort.
Facebook, im sure most would agree is an informal learning tool as is most social media…yet what happens if this is brought into the classroom?
If I learnt something on Facebook during a Seminar does this count as Formal or Informal Learning? For Example, for my E-Learning Module I have had to use this blog, yet I have learnt through facebook how to use it through speaking to other students (Yes, some of this has been in the classroom) and hopefully it will lead to me passing my degree!!!
Another example of social media is these blogs. Yes, Our Lecturer encouraged us all to start a blog and I must admit I have now found it very useful and have learnt a lot reading around different peoples blogs! So is this Formal Learning? As Im guessing our Tutor had an intention at the beginning to get us all reading and writing blogs to enhance our learning, yet we are doing it through an informal learning tool..and outside of the classroom but with direction from our lecturer? Confusing isn’t it!
My project to researh into Video online sharing tools.. I am wondering, when a teacher brings this into the classroom is this counted as Formal or Informal Learning, or maybe a bit of both?! Any input or links to other blogs would be great!!