Informal Learning in Digital Contexts

Jon Dron, Terry Anderson

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    Governments, business leaders, educators, students, and parents realize the need to inculcate a culture of lifelong learning - learning that spans geography, time, and lifespan. This learning has both formal and informal components. In this chapter, we examine the conceptual basis upon which informal learning is defined and some of the tools and techniques used to support informal learning. We overview the rapid development in information and communications technologies that not only creates opportunities for learners, teachers, and researchers but also challenges us to create equitable and culturally appropriate tools and contexts in which high-quality, continuous learning is available to all.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHandbook of Open, Distance and Digital Education
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Electronic)9789811920806
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan. 2023


    • Credentials
    • Formal learning
    • Incidental learning
    • Informal learning
    • Informal social learning
    • Personal learning environments


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