Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

The answer, of course, is going to be "yes". "Non-formal learning, sometimes called informal intentional learning, takes place with guidance, but outside the formal learning environment and without being governed by an assessment or accreditation." It produces identifiable benefits, such as knowledge retention and workplace performance. And these benefits, characterized as "a strategic performance objective (SPO)", can be measured. "The SPO establishes our focus, aligns our multiple learning assets to observable on-the-job behavior change, and prompts us to build in measures that demonstrate how the learning cluster delivers employee and business success." See also: Validation of non-formal and informal learning.

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