Expanding higher education to facilitate lifelong learning

This author prods universities to be more active in offering learning opportunities to older citizens.

“Around the world, the proportion of older adults is increasing day by day. These people have much to contribute to the development of society. Therefore, it is important that they have the opportunity to learn on equal terms with the young, and in age-appropriate ways. Their skills and abilities need to be recognized, valued and utilized”

Overall, this book constitutes a searching and wide-ranging exploration of how to expand and transform the role of universities in promoting life-long learning. Needless to say, the reform of higher education goes beyond mere pedagogy and didactics; it is a social process which links teaching and learning to students’ personal life patterns, their social and cultural context, and their chosen discipline.

Read more: http://www.dhakacourier.com.bd/news/Essays/Expanding-higher-education-to-facilitate-lifelong-learning/966

Learn Like Kindergarteners

In 1999, on the cusp of a new millennium, MIT professor Mitchel Resnick was on a panel where everyone was asked to pick the most important invention of the last millennium. One person said the printing press, another said the steam engine, and another the computer. Resnick said kindergarten.

From its arrival in the 1830s, he said, kindergarten eschewed the ”broadcast” method of teaching by which teachers disseminated information to students. That style would never fly with five-year-olds. Friedrich Froebel, the German educationalist who invented the “garden for children,” instead offered “a radically new approach to education, fundamentally different from schools that had come before,” said Resnick, a professor of learning research who also heads up the MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten research group.

Read more: https://qz.com/1535315/why-an-mit-professor-says-we-should-all-learn-like-kindergartners-if-we-want-to-succeed/

4th Industrial Revolution

It’s called the “4th Industrial Revolution” and lifelong learning is a key to making it happen.

COUNTRIES face two moving targets in the coming decade which is to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and raise national skill levels in order to survive and thrive in the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Read more: https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/columnists/2019/01/455085/lifelong-learning-must-4ir

Fixing Kindergarten

Everyone agreed that having a good experience in kindergarten is essential for lifelong learning. They also agreed that the current system doesn’t provide that.

In this article, researcher Christopher Brown interviewed educators and parents about how Kindergarten has changed. The focus has been on making kids ready for school. Instead, “Schools have to be ready for kids.”

Lifelong learning starts in Kindergarten. Is it starting right?

Read: https://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20181224/is-kindergarten-getting-in-way-of-learning

Why Some Retirees Go Back to School at 65

In the 10 years that Jacob Cohen, 70, has been retired from teaching, he has taken more than 100 courses at the University of North Carolina—Asheville, averaging three or four a semester. One of his favorite classes was about the history of life on earth, taught by a retired biology professor. He’s also taken classes on aging, science and history.

Cohen finds taking classes in retirement to be a challenging way to spend his time. “I always find six or eight (classes) that pique my interest,” Cohen says. “I end up with three or four. I like how I feel when I’m being mentally stimulated.”

Read more from US News: https://money.usnews.com/money/retirement/articles/why-some-retirees-go-back-to-school-at-65

A Year of Learning

2018 was just another year, like any year, according to Denver Bingski D. Daradar in Business World: “It was difficult. But the difficulty, I suspect, was partly caused by our unwillingness, to a greater or lesser degree, to change, our paradigms of the world, learn new things, and acquire new skills and competencies.”

Lifelong learning is essential to operate and grow in the business world. It may be time to revisit old assumptions, to discover new ways of working with new generations.

“May 2019 be a time for new learning, and, beyond a life of survival, be a year of flourishing! Happy New Year!”

Read it all here: https://www.bworldonline.com/the-necessity-of-lifelong-learning/

Lifelong learning strategies in Wales

In Wales, the expression ‘lifelong learning’ is often used as umbrella term for forms of learning which fall outside the school system. However, there is no universally accepted definition of the expression and other terms may also be used, including ‘further education.’ Here are some of what it encompasses:

  • further education
  • adult and community learning
  • apprenticeship policy and delivery
  • youth and adult employability policy and delivery
  • workforce skills development

Learn more…

How change shapes our future

Everything changes but the most constant thing in our world is change itself. Its momentum never ebbs. Change is why we’ve seen the evolution of computers from room-sized machines to devices no bigger than the phone you may be reading this on right now.

Change is not always positive, which is why we need to keep ahead of it. Lifelong learning is a way to do that. Read more…

Work world can benefit from lifelong learning

Disruptive forces can have a profound effect on the labour market where there is a mismatch between the jobs available, the skills required and the expectations (such as remuneration and job requirements) of the workforce, according to the OTC Institute.

Rather than seeing this as an impediment, organizations are seeing this as an opportunity to massage the workplace to better match the workers and skills needed. Read more…

In evolving job market, schools emphasize lifelong learning

This isn’t the first time in history when we didn’t know what jobs would exist in 20 or even 10 years. According to the World Economic Forum, 65 per cent of children who entered primary school in 2017 will work in jobs that do not exist today.

Read how schools are turning to lifelong learning of “soft skills” to get students ready for that future...