Document Type

Journal Article


Faculty of Business and Law


Office of Assoc Dean - Teaching and Learning (FBL) / Centre for Higher Education Learning and Teaching Research




This article was originally published as: Le Clus, M. A. (2011). Informal learning in the workplace: A review of the literature. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 51(2), 355-373. Original article available here


In the last few decades, the workplace has been increasingly recognised as a legitimate environment for learning new skills and knowledge, which in turn enables workers to participate more effectively in ever-changing work environments. Within theworkplace, there is the potential for continuous learning to occur not only through formal learning initiatives that are associated with training, but also through informal learning opportunities that are embedded within everyday work activities. This paper surveys the growing body of literature on informal learning, makes some critical observations about the importance of informal learning, and explains the various ways that informal learning can occur in the workplace.

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