Title "Putting informal learning into practice"
Project Number NL/08/LLP-LdV/TOI/123015
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text So-called Informal Learning is both promising and underdeveloped at the same time. With over 90% this form of learning has an enormous contribution to what one learns in life. The partners in the PILIP-project are committed to transform theoretical knowledge about and international experiences with informal learning into practical tools, so that Informal Learning in organizations can be encouraged, facilitated and validated.
Due to the turbulent market conditions caused by globalization, information technology and fierce competition, organizations more than ever need to be able to quickly adapt to new challenges. Creating and maintaining competitive advantages through innovation, productivity and efficiency are key success factors. This requires a skilled workforce. However, the lifespan of know-how and skills is shortened by the same turbulence. Standard educational settings remain important, but seem to be inadequate to face the challenge organizations are confronted with. Other, lifelong ways of learning are needed to create a workforce that is competent, self-conscious, mobile and employable and that is thus able to provide the necessary key factors for success. Research has it that informal learning offers major advantages over other methods, such as minimized loss of productivity, higher motivation to learn and a much bigger impact. Yet informal learning seems to be most promising and most underdeveloped at the same time.
In 2007 a number of Dutch organizations started to share information on informal learning to bridge the gap between theory and the work floor. The group consists among others of Philips Electronics Nederland (development, production, marketing), Kenniscentrum EVC (knowledge centre for accreditation of prior learning), Liftgroup (Learning Innovation Fashion Textile, knowledge centre for the textile, carpet, fashion and retail industry), Hogeschool Arnhem en Nijmegen (HAN), and CLR (involved in the innovation and coordination of competence development). Early 2008 they joined forces with organizations and experts in other European countries (United Kingdom, Belgium, Greece, Lithuania)that are equally convinced of the importance of informal learning. Together they have committed themselves to the following challenge: to develop a evidence-based and practical toolbox that facilitates and stimulates the implementation and/or improvement of informal learning in organizations, so that their employees are stimulated to convert their (un)conscious experiences into improved self-esteem, mobility, productivity and so that innovation and overall vocational skills and competences are strengthened.
The proposal is targeted at lower-skilled workers in production environments and addresses three levels. The workforce should be able and be motivated to participate in informal learning. Its management (executives/foremen) should be equipped with the right skills and competences to facilitate the process of informal learning. The organization should be able to match informal learning with their existing organizational processes.
As a result existing knowledge and experiences in the field of informal learning is blended, enriched and made available to HRM/HRD professionals so that the use and quality of informal learning as a tool for life long learning within Dutch (and vice versa in other European) organizations will be enhanced. As part of this project existing methods of validation of informal learning will be taken into account as well. The actual and practical use of the toolbox will improve the competences, employability, mobility and self-esteem of lower-skilled workers in the labour market and thus in the end increase the competitiveness and performance of organizations and economy.
Description Less than 10% of what we learn, we learn through so called formal learning in educational institutions (school, workshops etc.). The rest is learned in our daily life. This way of learning is defined as informal learning. Informal learning offers major advantages over formal learning, such as minimized loss of productivity, higher motivation and a much better transfer of knowledge. Yet informal learning seems to be most promising and most underdeveloped at the same time. The partners in the PILIP-project are committed to create a practical toolbox to promote, facilitate and validate informal learning in organisations. These partners have a wide range of backgrounds, such as universities, knowlegde centers, small- and mediumsized companies and multinational companies, providing different perspectives, profound knowledge and working labs.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Access for disadvantaged
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles
material for open learning
Specific objectives of the project are:
1. Gather existing theoretical knowledge about informal learning;
2. Identify existing knowledge and experience of informal learning in various European countries;
3. Adapt the theoretical knowledge and practical experience to the Dutch situation;
4. Transform this knowledge and experience into practical tools that can help to promote, facilitate and validate informal learning in organisations.