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

Millennials spearhead upskilling

Millennials spearhead upskilling

Millennials see lifelong learning as an integral part of professional development. This is a generation that doesn’t have the time of day for jobs they find unfulfilling or purposeless. A generation that has largely been free to muse over their visions. Perhaps an inclination towards lifelong learning is simply a product of a lifetime of micro-learning, where the only thing between you and your next skill is a YouTube video?

Read why Millennials value happiness and recognize the beneficial impact of lifelong learning on personal growth, relationships and issues in society at large. Might be the revival of the Community Ed model?

https://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/4096654.html

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

Age-Friendly University

Edinboro University has become Pennsylvania’s first member of the Age-Friendly University (AFU) Global Network, an international group of higher-education institutions committed to providing learning opportunities to students of all ages.

The pioneering initiative focuses on 10 principles, which provide a framework for understanding the needs of older adults and evaluating age-friendly programs and policies, as well as identifying institutional gaps and opportunities for growth.

http://www.edinboro.edu/news/detail.html?inode=8d5865cd-2c38-4bf5-8c84-1a4d5a822054

83-year-old using lifelong learning

He’s only 83. So what is the Vietnam veteran, former teacher, songwriter and current college student working on?

“I’m going for an associate of arts degree as a professional studio artist,” said Taylor. “I only need two ensembles and a seminar, and then I’ll graduate in December.”

THAT is lifelong learning at work. In Kentucky, of course!

https://www.sentinel-echo.com/news/local_news/lifelong-learning–year-old-student-receives-academic-team-award/article_9ec0ae9f-7e6e-5674-b547-ca9888e800d1.html