Glossary #15 – Informal learning



Informal learning occurs when people have a need to know something. They set their own learning objectives and acquire knowledge, skills and information in their own ways. This could be through asking questions, observing experts, practicing and conversing. It’s the kind of natural learning humans do outside of a structured environment.

Social learning could take place in the canteen over lunch, whilst students are walking between classrooms or even on the bike ride home!


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