BOOK REVIEW: AUTONOMOUS LEARNING IN THE WORKPLACE
The autonomous learning in the workplace is an important and emerging area where practice is evolving and innovating. Learning in the workplace involves more than just attending formal training and development events, courses, and programs. Employees learn informally, through talking with colleagues, searching the internet, watching videos, and even taking free on-line courses offered by educational providers that are not affiliated with or sanctioned by their employer. There are a variety of autonomous learning “methods” discussed in the popular press and practitioner journals, such as T&D, that individuals are using to acquire knowledge and skills, including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), informal learning, communities of practice, social media, and even YouTube videos. As a result, they describe a variety of disciplines including management, education, and industrial/organizational psychology to provide their perspectives and insights on autonomous learning. This volume will provide a useful starting point for readers to understand autonomous learning as well as to stimulate research that can inform practice about how to best design and create conditions for effective autonomous learning.