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Integrating informal learning into a formal training environment

Hollan, S. (2015) Integrating informal learning into a formal training environment.

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Abstract:This study presents design guidelines for interventions to integrate aspects of informal learning into a formal training environment in order to enhance the transfer of training. The study is conducted at Rabobank Nederland in the context of the redesign process of one of Rabobanks Management programmes which is called the Management Curriculum. The most design guidelines related to informal learning arising from this research are related to providing opportunities for reflection, the facilitation of Communities of Practice (CoP) and the involvement of the manager. Interviews with previous participants pointed out that the current programmes already offer many opportunities for reflection and working methods related to CoP are facilitated in some ways. In the current programme the involvement of the manager and the rest of the workplace is limited. This will be improved in the design of the renewed Management Curriculum. Based on literature review, site visits at other organizations and experiences of previous participants of the current Management Curriculum several design guidelines for interventions to integrate aspects of informal learning into a formal training environment are worked out. Rabobank has chosen to implement some interventions based on these guidelines for their renewed Management Curriculum. The most important design choices are (1) more involvement of the manager and direct colleagues, (2) learning activities conducted on the workplace, (3) working and learning in groups by the use of learning triads, and (4) the implementation of individual coaching.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/68419
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