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Field of work Organizational Psychology


Article published on informal learning in higher education

Informal learning takes place not only in the workplace, but in all areas of life – even in environments that are rather formally structured. Little has been known, however, about informal learning among students at universities, outside of traditional courses. The article by Dr. Julian Decius, Janika Dannowsky, and Prof. Dr. Niclas Schaper just published in the journal Active Learning in Higher Education (IF= 4.765) presents a model and a measure to assess informal learning among students in higher education. The basis for the development was the Octagon Model of Informal Learning in the Workplace (Decius et al, 2019). The article is freely available here.

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Learning processes over time

This topic focuses on how (informal) learning behavior in organizations changes over days, weeks, and months. Moreover, we analyze the dynamics of work-related learning and how learning trajectories differ between employees.

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Designing work contexts

The goal of this thematic focus is to examine conducive conditions for work-related learning, employability, and organizational development, both by managers (e.g., shaping learning culture) and by employees (e.g., job crafting).

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New Work requires New Learning

This topic is dedicated to the question of how employees in dynamic work environments can be empowered to learn "what they really, really want" in a self-directed way. The "Learning Opportunities Perception Potential", which helps employees to grasp learning opportunities, is considered crucial here.