Informal Learning is the acquisition of skills and knowledge through such channels as independent study, volunteer activities, travelling and hobbies. It is often referred to as learning by experience or just as experience. This learning is not usually given recognition in the form of credentials from institutions. Informal learning is not organised, has no set objective in terms of learning outcomes and is not intentional from the learner’s standpoint.
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