Jay Cross helps people work and live smarter. Jay is the Johnny Appleseed of informal learning. He wrote the book on it. He was the first person to use the term eLearning on the web. He has challenged conventional wisdom about how adults learn since designing the first business degree program offered by the University of Phoenix.
Steve Wexler, the eLearning Guild‘s Director of Research, gave me an advance peak at a finding that will appear in the Guild’s next research report, which comes out January 3.
The Guild’s analysis tools make it possible to slice and dice the data as you wish. The chart below summarizes responses from organizations with more than 500 workers.
Interpretation: Most authors of formal learning programs learn to do their jobs informally.
Steve says, “In the figures we see one of the dirty little secrets of our industry. While many of us endeavor long hours to fashion compelling content that will be presented as part of a formal course, when it comes to learning how to use the tools that create the content, we rely on informal methods for ourselves and for our team members.”