Informal learning is the unofficial, unscheduled, impromptu way most people learn. It often takes the form of articles, videos, books, online courses, conferences, etc, as opposed to formal courses.
According to The Importance of Informal Learning Infographic,reliance on informal learning is growing because it promotes autonomy, efficiency, relevancy, flexibility, accessibility.
Nearly 9 in 10 people enjoy learning. Yet, nearly 40% of working professionals have not taken a single course, of any type, since college. However, over 50% of working professionals say they learn something from an article, video, or book everyday.
Most working professionals spend between 1-30 min per day on informal learning. On average, most working professionals believe that 40-60% of the knowledge and skills relevant to their profession come from informal learning.
Today, informal learning is a significant determinant of an individuals’s education; not only does it occur everyday, but individuals also learn from it more than formal learning. Furthermore, individuals say they would use informal learning platforms more if their learning was tracked and recognized.
Marketing Assistant at Unius