CLP Knowledge Park Library Resources for Informal Learning


The NPS Learning & Development community gathered from August 23 – 25, 2016 at the Forging our Future: The Next Century of L&D training. Rebecca Wyatt and Tori Peterson delivered this presentation which connects theories of informal learning with those of experiential learning in order to propose a way to optimize CLP Knowledge Park content and enhance learning.

Key Points

Let’s treat our Knowledge Park resources like informal learning resources and use the cycle of Preparation, Action, Reflection to frame the way we create Knowledge Park content.

SmartArt graphic illustrating 3 steps to experiential learning
The 3 steps to improved informal learning
  • The Overview text is effectively our preparation. How can we prepare the mind of the user so they will maximize their learning? Provide information in the Overview which explains instructional objectives (what do you hope they’ll learn?).
  • The What You’ll Learn section is our action. The resource we include in the Knowledge Park should provide an authentic learning experience and learners should be able to perceive and accept the relevance of engaging with the knowledge park resource.
  • We’re adding a new Reflection section (as demonstrated on this page). Since experience must be analyzed to learn from it, engage the learner with meaningful reflection questions on the page, or link them to a related group in The Commons in which they can further discuss the Knowledge Park resource with experts and fellow learners.

Session Abstract

Whether you’re a training manager, an EDO, or a ranger out in the field, you can contribute to the Knowledge Park. As we strive to get beyond formal training, we are faced with the challenge of curating the best list from the overwhelming amount of informal learning resources available. We’ll look at model examples of informal learning resources which have already been added to the knowledge park, identify the characteristics of an excellent informal learning resource, and discover the processes for anyone to add new resources to the Knowledge Park.

What you’ll learn

Building on the sessions about informal learning and human learning theory (most particularly theories of experiential learning), this session proposes a simple way to add a little extra information to our CLP Knowledge Park resources which will greatly improve learning outcomes for the people who use those resources.

Watch the presentation


  • What would be meaningful preparation activities for various types of knowledge park resources? Does meaningful preparation look different for Laws, Regulations, and Policies than it does for Websites?
  • What would be meaningful reflection activities for various types of knowledge park resources? Does meaningful reflection look different for Manuals and How-To’s than it does for Career Guidance?
  • Does thinking about knowledge park resources in this way (as informal, experiential learning opportunities) make you reconsider what you want to share in the Knowledge Park?

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