Is investing in informal learning effective? Do you get return?This is a fascinating subject for me, because it leads us straight into The Paradox of Informal Learning (Form of Informal?) - which is basically that once you put form and structure to informal learning and try to support it in an organization, it becomes more formal. I've got a lot more on this issue in:
- Informal Learning - Let's Get Real - Part II
- Informal Learning - Let's Get Real
- Elves, Measuring Results and Informal Learning
- Guidance Needed - Are we Misguided in Informal Learning and ...
- Informal Learning is Too Important to Leave to Chance
However, I think the question right now might not even need to be around ROI, but rather it could be sufficient to ask if we should shift the mix. That was the discussion in: Numbers and Informal Learning as well as on The Learning Circuits Blog: The Numbers Behind Informal & Formal ..., and The Learning Circuits Blog: Investing in Informal Learning.
It may also be good to look back at Informal Learning: A Sound Investment and Formalizing Informal Learning.
While none of this answers David's question - my guess is that there's nothing that's really going to answer it in a satisfactory way. On the other hand, I believe there are lots of suggestions out there that investment in informal learning makes sense.