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OLLI is new opportunity for retired teachers

You would think that by the time teachers retire the last thing they’d want to think about is classes. And yet teachers flock to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College both as members and as presenters. For some it’s an immediate transition – they couldn’t wait to get in. For others, after a period of rest and relaxation, they find they miss the classroom and find OLLI provides all or most of the good things with few of the pressures.

https://www.concordmonitor.com/teachers-flock-to-OLLI-34918435

Intergenerational Dialogue

A class addressing a timely topic:

Mental health has always been an exceptionally important issue for people of all ages, one that is highlighted during the uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Does the health care system in America deal adequately with issues of mental health and emotional well-being? When do we reach out for help, to whom can we turn for assistance? How do different societies and cultures deal with these issues? This conversation is intended to address these and other related questions in a way that is engaging and empowering for all.

https://olli.berkeley.edu/words-over-time-intergenerational-dialogue

The Future of Learning

Pew’s “After the Fact” podcast asks a question at the heart of the human experience—how do we learn? And as we continue to live longer than previous generations, what are we discovering to help increase lifelong learning and prepare the workforce of the future?

https://exchange.prx.org/series/39332-the-future-of-learning

Educational Shift

Work is changing and lifelong learning is becoming a requirement. In response, educational systems around the world will have to shift both what they teach and how they’re financed.

Work is changing and lifelong learning is becoming a requirement. In response, educational systems around the world will…

Posted by Quartz on Monday, March 2, 2020

Credentialing for Lifelong Learning?

In the United States, only about 45% of college students graduate with a full degree in four years. That leaves 55% who intended to get a degree but, at the end of a typical college term, do not have one.

The number of people holding a partial degree that grants them little in the eyes of employers is overwhelming. What’s more, by and large, we aren’t effectively enabling learners in our organizations. Every day, the skills gap grows wider and deeper. How can we reverse this trend?

The good news: Within reach is the change I believe can accelerate us into a lifelong learning model. It starts by credentialing every semester of college.

According to Forbes, it is within reach: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbeshumanresourcescouncil/2020/07/03/a-path-to-lifelong-learning-credentialing-every-semester-of-higher-education/#1a6df24e5ae1

Community Education goes digital

Robbinsdale Area Schools Community Education had no online classes planned for adults before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Diane Dickmeyer, the program specialist for adult enrichment and special events. The program administrators quickly moved from an in-person method to online only.

There was a steep learning curve, she said, adding the program relied on the Minnesota Community Education Association for guidance on what would work well. The community education instructors were willing to try something new. Many had never taught online classes, she said.

The program offers many classes and adds more each day, Dickmeyer said. Classes range from yoga, cooking, and art to subjects like setting up revocable trusts.

All classes are live, except for one pre-recorded presentation by Doug Ohman, a Minnesota photographer and historian. Classes are on Zoom and participants are able to ask questions and talk with each other. “You can still interact and still learn something new,” she said.

Read how they did it: https://www.hometownsource.com/sun_sailor/free/robbinsdale-area-schools-community-education-goes-digital/article_87e82c80-9935-11ea-8929-4f6b3a82c487.html

Curiousity the key to learning

Curious minds are active minds, and active minds become smart minds. Curiosity is associated with intelligence, creativity and problem-solving ability. Curious people cultivate interesting and creative environments for themselves as they seek out new experiences and are open to exploring new ideas and possibilities.

Everyone possesses curiosity to some degree, although people will differ according to the depth and strength of their curiosity and their willingness to act on it. In this article, I’ll offer some suggestions to help you become more curious.

Read them: https://www.trainingzone.co.uk/develop/talent/why-the-key-to-lifelong-learning-is-developing-curiosity