The Formal – Informal Learning Mode Continuum

I still see many Blog Posts and other online sets of Content that seem to suggest that rather than a Blend – that one of two modes of Learning – either Formal or Informal – is the right approach.

As always – in my mind – it depends. It depends on the Context – or rather Contexts.

There Are Several Dimensions to Context

In this case (my POV) the Contexts are 4 levels of Competence Awareness of the Learner/Performer Dimension – regardless of it being an Enterprise Learning Context, an Educational Learning Context, or a Personal Learning Context – where the individual (or generalization of the Target Audience group) is:

1- I don’t know what I need to know, do know and don’t know – relative to what I need to know. The lowest level in the image in the above graphic (lower left).

2- I do know what I need to know, what I do know and don’t know – relative to what I need to know. The next lowest level in the image in the above graphic (lower left). But climbing that learning curve – knowingly.

3- I do know what I need to know.

4- I cannot recall all that I need to know and do know. I’m operating very much on auto pilot – with Un-Conscious Knowledge.

We’ve heard it expressed before by experts who might acknowledge:

I’ve forgotten more than I know about this.

The lower you are on that curve (1 & 2) the more Formal Learning you need – however it doesn’t necessarily mean 100%.

And the higher you are on that curve (3 & 4) the less Formal Learning you need – however it doesn’t necessarily mean 100% Informal.

As always – it depends.

Your thoughts?

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