Without Practice and Feedback – How Effective and Efficient is Informal Learning?

If you’ve ever been a teacher, instructor, facilitator or coach … you know darn well…


Luckily, for most jobs, perfect accuracy the first time isn’t required. Looking up a price for a customer, and not finding it right away, is something that one can easily recover from.

But for jobs where that is important – to get it perfectly – or close enough – RIGHT the first time … don’t leave learning to chance.

My first project as a consultant was for a business critical pair of jobs – where Informal Learning via a loose Apprenticeship model taking 10 years to proficiency in that mode – was moved to Formal Training … via an architecture of Self-Paced Modules for local use and adaptation.

The formal Modules were but guides to make sure that all the bases were covered and none missed inadvertently. Learning By Design. Not Learning By Chance.

That story is here:

My First Curriculum Architecture Design – 1982 Exxon USA Exploration

Practice with Feedback?

If Practice with Feedback is important to real learning – where and how well and how often is that provided in the real world of Informal Learning – in your context/contexts?

Where Is the Practice with Feedback in Informal Learning – and is that sufficient?

Perhaps adding a little Formality and avoiding total Informality – is the ticket. Perhaps not.

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When Informal Is Perhaps Good Enough

When Informal Is Perhaps Not Good Enough

For Fun

Jumping Out of a Perfectly Good Airplane

Those on this little excursion endured 4 hours of instruction – to do the jump (tandem). No authentic practice however before the jump. THAT was the first jump. The first Practice.

Leading for some … to more jumps … and perhaps solo jumps. Incrementally. Most of the time.

Lots of learning should happen before the real, authentic practice.

Could be learned in many ways, many manners, many blends. Many would work both effectively and efficiently. But not all Paths would be both effective and efficient.

That’s where professional expertise comes in – based on EBP – evidence based practice. Not folklore or disproven approaches.

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