The Third Education Revolution

The world of work is undergoing a massive shift. Not since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries and the Information Age that followed in the last century has the scale of disruption taking place in the workforce been so evident. University of Oxford predicted that nearly half of American jobs—including real-estate brokers, insurance underwriters, and loan officers—were at risk of being taken over by computers within the next two decades. Just last fall, the McKinsey Global Institute released a report that estimated a third of American workers may have to change jobs by 2030 because of artificial intelligence.

What’s the Third Revolution? Lifelong learning. Read more…

Using PowerPoint for Lifelong Learners

Older learners learn differently. Part of it is due to age; part due to a wider experience base. This study presents best practices in using PowerPoint to instruct such a group. Examples:

  • The best presentations are rehearsed, not so that the speaker memorizes exactly what he or she will say, but to facilitate the speaker’s ability to interact with the audience and portray a relaxed, professional, and confident demeanor.
  • When showing images, it is important to orient the audience with an adequate description, point out the relevant findings, and allow enough time for the audience to assimilate the information before moving on.
  • A presentation should be designed to include as much audience participation as possible, no matter the size of the audience.
  • It is first necessary to motivate and gain attention of the learner for learning to take place.
  • Attention should be given to posture, body movement, eye contact, and voice when speaking, as how one appears to the audience will have an impact on their reaction to what is presented.

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Make learning lifelong adventure with OLLI

A guest columnist sings the praises of OLLI. In the words of Linda Zappacosta:

OLLI is a cooperative that gives adults over 50 the opportunity to take educational courses that are stimulating for the mind, soul and body. Not only is OLLI about intellectual development, but also it is about meeting and connecting with others in our communities.

OLLI’s education courses are developed and taught by its members, who volunteer their time and talents to share their knowledge and interests with other members. Topics covered may include current events, geography and travel, history, literature, music, philosophy, psychology, and religion.

While the courses don’t lead to a college degree, they provide the type of learning and cultural stimulation that I – and so many others – look for in retirement.

Drucker to foster lifelong learning

SOUTH BEND — A new project spearheaded by California-based Drucker Institute will pilot a lifelong learning program in South Bend IN aimed at changing the way residents find activities, learn new skills and connect with other programs they may not have known about.

Still in its early stages, the web platform would be the first of its kind in the U.S.

Lawrence Greenspun, director of public sector engagement for the Drucker Institute, said the lifelong learning initiative is more about collecting information on existing resources and connecting them through a central website than about creating new classes or training options.

Apple: Education is Lifelong

“We all have to get comfortable with education being lifelong.”

Who said that? Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. Who knows better than the person responsible for so much new technology.

Although the technology will never replace teachers. “Teachers are the jewels,” he said. “Our products are tools: they help people, they don’t replace them.”

Hillsdale College gets into Lifelong Learning

Hillsdale College, the independent liberal arts college that has built a national reputation through its classical liberal arts core curriculum and its principled refusal to accept federal or state taxpayer subsidies, has announced its 2018 Lifelong Learning Seminar schedule:

  • June 3 to 9 – “The Civil War” – Hillsdale campus
  • June 17 to 23 – “Constitutional Issues and Controversies” – Hillsdale campus (waitlist only)
  • June 17 to 23 – “The Modern Relevance of the Ancient World” – Hillsdale campus (waitlist only)
  • July 8 to 14 – “Economic Theories and Controversies” – Hillsdale campus
  • July 8 to 14 – “The Great Conversation in Western Literature” – Hillsdale campus
  • July 22 to 28 – “Islam and the West” – Hillsdale campus
  • July 29 to August 1 – “The Constitution and American History Since World War II” – Hillsdale campus (Family Seminar)
  • August 6 to 9 or August 10 to 13 – “Historical Issues and Controversies” – Rockwell Lake Lodge in Luther, Michigan (waitlist only)
  • October 31 to November 3 – “The Constitutional Convention” – Kirby Center in Washington, D.C

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