Formal vs informal learning and what the LMS should do about them

That we learn something new all the time is more than an overused cliché; it is actually fact. Every time we buy a new piece of technology, be it a smartphone, a TV or a blender, we need to learn how to use it. Some of us go by trial and error, few of us read the manual and the younger lot simply go online and watch tutorials about how to do it. In the end, all of us get to a certain degree of mastery in operating the modern appliance. Because we need to, lest we had spent our money in vain.

Adult learning is very much connected to need and usefulness and as a result it’s paramount for instructional designers to prove the importance of any material they present and allow for learners to go about finding what they think is of educational value at a certain point.

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