Adult Informal Learning
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Futurelab is investigating the role that digital technologies play in adult informal learning. We are carrying out research into adult learners' needs and aspirations, what drives them to learn new things in their leisure time, and the role of digital technologies in supporting these activities. This work sits within the context of recent reports which indicate decreasing numbers of adults participating in non-formal learning activities, such as evening classes.
What is adult informal learning?
A definition often used to describe informal learning is 'casual everyday learning' - that is, spontaneous, natural and personally meaningful, typically occurring in highly social contexts. Quite simply, adult informal learning can be regarded as learning that occurs during adults' leisure time. Genuine informal learning is unstructured, occurring anytime, anywhere and anyhow the learner so chooses.
Project type and status
Completed research project
A review of the current landscape of adult informal learning using digital technologies (265kb pdf)
Adult informal learning: Policy recommendations (81kb pdf)
Adult informal learning poster (1.2mb pdf)
Adult Informal Learning: The potential role of technology (Open Space Discussion 2008 - report available)