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

Lifelong Learning is vital

A Tibetan proverb says, “A child without education is like a bird without wings.” There’s the obvious interpretation—an uneducated child can not function to its fullest potential. But it’s worth noting the proverb selects a bird, as opposed to some other object or living thing, to deliver its message. Birds, as symbols, represent freedom, peace, and the human spirit. So, the proverb is about more than living to one’s full potential. It’s about living itself. A child without education is not free.

The United Nation’s fourth sustainable development goal — to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promotes lifelong learning opportunities to all — is not merely important, but vital. To celebrate their commitment, let’s check out some of humanity’s most impressive accomplishments in education over the years.

https://www.good.is/quality-education-and-lifelong-learning-opportunities-are-not-merely-important-but-vital

You NEED Lifelong Learning

Are you confident there will be a role for you—one that engages you and uses your strengths—in your chosen profession 10 years from now? How comfortable are you with your rate and type of upskilling?

The Education and Learning for the Modern World: CBI/Pearson 2019 Education and Skills Surveyreport offers predictions on employment in 2030. CBI and Pearson Education suggest that, despite rampant talk and fears of humans being replaced by robots in their jobs, only one in five employees are in jobs that are anticipated to shrink in the next 10 years. Ten percent of workers are in jobs that may expand. However, that means that for 70 percent of employees, there is more ambiguity about the future of work and what it will mean for them.

https://www.td.org/magazines/td-magazine/theres-no-contention-people-need-lifelong-learning

How tech is transforming industry

According to a 2018 World Economic Forum report, emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are transforming business models and job profiles.

This means required job skills will have shifted significantly by 2022; 54% of all employees will need re-skilling and upskilling.

https://www.jisc.ac.uk/blog/tech-has-disrupted-the-workplace-digital-first-lifelong-learning-is-the-answer-03-mar-2020

Black expert to lead community education

Community Education is more than basket weaving.

Cherina Betters has been named chief of Equity and Access for San Bernardino County Schools. In her new position, she will represent 33 school districts and more than 400,000 students.

Her new duties will include, “working to forge strong relationships with parents and community members, as well as serving as the equity lead to promote positive learning outcomes for all students,” according to the San Bernardino County School Superintendent’s office.

https://www.onmenews.com/post/black-expert-will-lead-community-education-push-that-could-be-statewide-model

Microlearning in the digital age

“With the rise of technology, combined with the explosive growth of social media over the last decade, the concept of personalized mobile learning through bite-sized learning snippets has come to the fore. In addition, in the context of major global challenges such as globalization, digitalization and demographic change, and learning for all, there is an urgent need for a variety of learning opportunities and pathways for lifelong and life-wide learning. The concept of microlearning has been around since about 2000, but what is it and how to make learning in bite-sized form successful, attractive and effective, as it to be just right for me and learning in education, training, achievement and talent development contexts. Micro-learning offers opportunities to incorporate, integrate and personalize cost-effective and meaningful learning and training solutions for each individual in terms of personal, environmental and organizational performance improvement. During this webinar with invited experts in this field there will be opportunities to learn more about the growing field of micro-learning / bite-sized learning snippets and quality for life-ong learning.”

A panel and discussion: http://www.eden-online.org/eden_conference/microlearning-and-quality-for-lifelong-learning-in-the-digital-age/

Why lifelong learning is the international passport to success

“The university model needs to evolve. Universities must realise that learning in your 20s won’t be enough. If technological diffusion and implementation develop faster, workers will have to constantly refresh their skills.”

This idea takes on new urgency in light of the closure of conventional classes due to the health scare. Lifelong learning steps up to play a role in how and how long we learn.

https://bigthink.com/personal-growth/lifelong-learning

The Ripple Effect of Lifelong Learning

A middle schooler disassembles her bike to figure out how it works. A graduate student takes a semester abroad so he can gain new perspectives. A team of experienced engineers conducts research that benefits an entire field of science.

They are generations apart, but they all have something in common: the curiosity and self-motivation to learn new things that advance their knowledge and the world around them.

Opinion piece by John M. Timken Jr., Special to The Canton Repository. He gets it.

https://www.indeonline.com/opinion/20200217/opinion-ripple-effect-of-lifelong-learners

Good News and Bad News about Lifelong Learning

According to Brandon Busteed of forbes.com, there is good and bad news about lifelong learning:

“The bad news is there’s little evidence that lifelong learning can be taught and that any organization thus far has mastered it for their own human resource needs. The good news is that those hard truths might not matter anymore simply because lifelong learning will be thrust upon us as a staple of everyday work life.”

The reality? Lifelong learning will not be an option.

And that is good news for those of us who have worked in it.

Read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/brandonbusteed/2020/02/17/the-really-good-and-really-bad-news-on-lifelong-learning/#1ee9842311f2

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