The Case for Continuous Skills Development

In this global Fourth Industrial Revolution, artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, and genetics research are accelerating the transformation of industries, labor markets, and lifestyles. Global learning technology leader D2L released a new whitepaper today at the 2020 Education World Forum on the future of work and learning. The paper describes how these forces and the interactions between them are permeating all aspects.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/d2l-whitepaper-future-lifelong-learning-110700143.html

Make learning our default mode

How can we make learning our default mode?

According to Holmes, it’s not about amassing random knowledge or memorizing copious amounts of information. It’s about turning what we absorb into strategic action.

“I realized that becoming a master of karate was not about learning 4,000 moves but about doing just a handful of moves 4,000 times.” — Chet Holmes

We’re hearing more and more about the power of “practicing habits” over “setting goals.”

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/343720

Start year with “building blocks” of learning

Troy Korsgaden of InsuranceNewsNet gives 5 small steps for making big changes this year:

There is a reason the term the “building blocks of learning” exists. Think of learning as a giant brick wall that has not yet begun to be constructed. One brick does not a wall make. But over time, those bricks start to add up, and the wall becomes tall and impenetrable.

Read 5 steps: https://insurancenewsnet.com/innarticle/make-lifetime-learning-a-new-years-resolution#.XhoCVTd7n4Q

“Learn how to learn” returns to higher ed

In response to 21st century tech developments, the emphasis on lifelong learning and individuals who “learn how to learn” in higher education institutions has become more and more important in order to educate individuals to fulfill the needs of the century. Again, the world looks to lifelong learning.

Read more: https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/12/1/22

Lifelong learning subsidies help tech workers

 

Lifelong learning subsidies could be a way to help workers who have lost their jobs to technology, Congress was told Wednesday.

“Congress must ensure that resources for lifelong learning programs, which help workers access education and training opportunities, can be accessed by all workers, and in all parts of the country,” California Democratic Representative Susan Davis said in a House subcommittee hearing on ways to mitigate the impact of the anticipated loss of millions of jobs through technology advances.

Read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/tedknutson/2019/12/19/lifelong-learning-subsidies-seen-as-way-to-aid-workers-who-have-lost-their-jobs-to-tech/#57748cc6499e

LL participation at 20-year low

The troubles with funding lifelong learning are not just in the U.S. European educators are alarmed at how the current approach to funding lifelong learning simply isn’t working. They seek a new way of doing things to reverse these damaging trends. Excerpt:

The number of adults taking part in learning and training has fallen to a record low.

Research by the Learning and Work Institute shows that just one in three (35 per cent) of adults has taken part in learning in the past three years, down from 37 per cent in 2017. This is the lowest number on record – with participation as low as 29 per cent in the South West and 30 per cent in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Adult participation in learning is at a 20-year low.

The number of students in part-time higher education tumbled by 40 per cent.

What is the solution? Read suggestions here: https://www.tes.com/news/lifelong-learning-social-justice-issue

 

Time to get serious about lifelong learning

In the economic challenges facing young British, it is vital t0 offer a way back, and lifelong learning provides exactly that, says Robert Halfon, MP. It is a lifeline for those who left school ill-equipped to grapple with the rough and tumble of the jobs market.

Read how… https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/education/house/house-magazine/106874/robert-halfon-mp-its-time-get-serious-lifelong

Adventures in lifelong learning

In spite of many health issues including having 41 surgeries, cancer, and severe head injuries, thanks to lifelong learning, Mary Reed has been to 28 countries and has experienced 10 deep-water dives on the Great Barrier Reef. She has also been involved in six Earthwatch expeditions. Earthwatch Institute is a research nonprofit with a mission to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. They bring individuals from all walks of life together with world-class scientists to work for the good of the planet.

Read more… https://pamplinmedia.com/ceo/164-features/439489-352184-lifelong-learning-and-giving-backthanks-to-more-than-a-little-luck

Bike through wine country

Biking and wine. What a combination!

The Elkton Community Education Center will host a family friendly bike ride through Elkton wine country, featuring wine tastings, a yoga class and an outdoor concert.

The event is raising money for the ECEC educational programs, including the youth employment program that gives 15 high school students job experience opportunities.

https://www.nrtoday.com/news/local/north_county/elkton/bike-through-wine-country-with-elkton-community-education-center/article_30961e0d-cb3d-5cab-ad6d-5e8f8d4ecdb6.html