How education will change to support lifelong learning

A study by the Pew Research Center found 54 percent of working adults believe it was essential to continuously update their skills to be successful in their careers. Why? To keep up with advances in technology that are disrupting industries from automakers to retail. So what changes will support this need and how can higher education help?

Whether our young high school graduates enter a trade school, community college, or university, their degree or certificate will not be the end of their education.

Read more: http://www.mininggazette.com/opinion/columns/2019/03/how-education-will-change-to-support-lifelong-learning/

Learning a lifelong process for principal

Don Pearson of Benton Harbor said being a lifelong learner is one of the most important lessons his parents taught him while he was growing up.

“As a kid, that was part of the culture in the home – learning all the time, reading all the time,” said Pearson, a 1975 Benton Harbor High School graduate. “There was literature everywhere. It’s become a hobby. My father reads constantly, even to this day. He’s 93 years old and that was one of the reasons I retired. He’s still reading. He’s still watching the news. And we still have great, stimulating conversations.”

Read more: https://www.heraldpalladium.com/news/local/q-a-learning-a-lifelong-process-for-former-principal/article_c649ff71-8494-5247-9db3-5168978df288.html

Lifelong Learning Boosts Pay And Improves Health

Investors Business Daily says you can no longer “front load” your learning.

Lifelong Learning…

  • lets you earn more over the span of your career
  • makes you a better leader
  • benefits overall psychological well-being

“We achieve greater fulfillment by constantly improving ourselves,” Coleman said.

Learn more: https://www.investors.com/news/management/leaders-and-success/lifelong-learning-boosts-pay-health-improves-health/

Be Robot-Proof

President Joseph E. Aoun addresses the Student Government Association prior to their meeting in the Curry Student Center. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

by Laura Castañón February 26, 2019

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/

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

From MOOCS to CELLOS: A new model of learning

Six years ago, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) were unveiled as a potential solution to the “cost-disease” of higher education. They provided access to free educational content from top-rated universities to anyone with an internet connection.

After the initial euphoria, a new model of MOOCs has emerged: well-designed, low-cost, certificate-bearing courses. The main difference? Instead of free statements of accomplishment from MOOCs, learners can now earn an affordable certificate to signal competence in a new skill.

The evolution of this new MOOC model — let’s call it the Credential-Earning, Lifelong Learning Online (CELLO) model — is concurrent with the development of the new reality: Workers can now hold a dozen or more jobs during a working lifetime. Can these workers go back to college every time they transition to a new job? No. 

The need for lifelong learning to sustain one’s career is more important than ever, and these CELLOs serve an increasingly vital purpose in filling the educational gaps between graduation and your next job.

Read The Hill article: https://thehill.com/opinion/education/422338-education-must-meet-the-needs-of-a-flexible-workforce

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…

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...