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March 4, 2013

The learning profession has a history of dancing around the subject of informal learning. You might think, “We’ve been talking about it forever and have even dabbled in it. Our worlds aren’t crumbling. I am really busy and don’t have the time or the energy to get involved in informal learning.” But if we don’t respond or take action now, we risk becoming irrelevant. In the May issue of T+D, Tony Karrer, an e-learning technologist and CEO of TechEmpower, encouraged companies to start adapting to the current trend in informal learning because otherwise, they will find themselves marginalized in the business. Our job, our focus, and our creative energy must include getting our hands around informal learning. To really understand the power of informal learning, we have to learn more about a key driver for it: the Millenial generation, born between 1977 and 1997. To understand this generation, let’s look at the themes in one of Don Tapscott’s books, Grown Up Digital. Tapscott refers to the Millennials or Gen Yers as the Net Generation or “Net Gens” based on their defining characteristic: the network. In his book, he explains that technology is like air to them. That’s a critical point to remember as we talk about how they work, learn, collaborate, and live. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]

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