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Informal Learning - The Changing Face of Learning in The Canadian Workplace

The Conference Board of Canada, May 17, 2018
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The ways that people learn in Canadian organizations have been changing and evolving. While formal learning methods still constitute the majority of organizational learning delivery, research has indicated that informal learning has become increasingly more prevalent in Canadian workplace environments.

Human Resource Professional and operational leaders believe that employees may be initiating informal learning to a greater extent than previously thought - some even fearing that its prevalence is far exceeding that of traditional formal learning. This can have operational and strategic planning and budgeting consequences. Further complicating this phenomenon, is the lack of information or research available on the time employees spend engaging in informal learning activities in Canadian organizations. At a time when justification and accountability for learning investment is high, a greater understanding of the prevalence and impact of informal learning has never been more relevant or timely for Canadian organizational leaders.

Webinar Highlights

Join The Conference Board of Canada’s Colin Hall, as he dives deep into the latest research results of the Conference Board’s National Workplace Learning Survey.

This 60-minute recorded webinar explores:

  • The prevalence of informal learning activities by employees - examining whether there may be potential shortcomings in the quality and effectiveness of workplace learning programs
  • Whether the emergence of informal learning is a key step in an evolving and ever changing learning landscape for Canadian organizations.
  • The types of informal learning activities being undertaken by employees, at varying levels and roles, across differing industry sectors.
  • The Workplace Environmental Index (WEI), a new workplace learning framework for understanding informal learning in the workplace, and why employees are initiating it.

About Colin

Photo of Colin HallColin Hall is an Associate Director with the Organizational Performance division of The Conference Board of Canada. Since joining the Board in October 2012, Colin has been actively involved in research and advisory services in the areas of learning, leadership, employee engagement as well as Human Resources Trends and Metrics.

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