Growing your staff through lifelong learning

According to Tom Berlin, Director of pulmonary and respiratory care at Florida Hospital Orlando, professional development has three advantages:

1) expands the knowledge base and critical thinking skills, which benefits clinical practice and communication

2) provides a basis for advancement into the next level of clinical practice, an educator role, or management

3) demonstrates respect as well as passion for the success of individual team members.

Great reasons for lifelong learning. Read more here:

Growing Your Staff with Lifelong Learning

Learning is lifelong after graduation

Graduation should not be seen as the end of one’s education. 

Read how Susannah Gal, associate dean of research and outreach and a professor of biology at Penn State Harrisburg, has lived around the world looking for opportunities to gain understanding and an appreciation for lots of different things in this amazing world.,34838

More use of internet in lifelong learning

Lifelong learning is crucial in the evolving work environment; the tools are getting better and more accessible. Here are examples:

  • Internet user growth rose 7 percent in 2017, down from 12 percent the year before.
  • People are spending more time online: U.S. adults spent 5.9 hours per day on digital media in 2017  (3.3 of those hours on mobile).
  • Freelance work is becoming more common.
  • Tech companies are facing increasing pressure over privacy issues.
  • Voice-controlled devices are taking off.
  • E-commerce is exploding: it grew 16 percent in the U.S. in 2017.
  • Smartphone unit shipments are stagnating.


Lifelong Learning Will Prepare Students For Jobs That Don’t Yet Exist

by Jeffrey S. Russell | Dean of Continuing Studies and Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning, University of Wisconsin-Madison

News flash: The future is murky.

We all know that accelerating technological change makes it hard to tell what the workforce will look like 20 years from now. Or even two years from now.

In its report The Future of Jobs, the World Economic Forum found that, by 2020, most occupations will require core skills that weren’t considered crucial in the mid-2010s. We can’t even safely predict which occupations will still be around in the next decade.

“Together, technological, socioeconomic, geopolitical and demographic developments and the interactions between them will generate new categories of jobs and occupations while partly or wholly displacing others,” the report says.

So where do all these disruptions leave higher education? With the seemingly impossible task of preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist.

Lifelong Learning Will Prepare Students For Jobs That Don’t Yet Exist


Aging well through martial arts

NUUANU, Hawaii – By Diane Ako, KITV
A 67 year old Nuuanu man is a corporate computer technician by day, and a martial arts professor by night. He’s spent more time doing this one hobby, than he has with anything or anyone else in his life. He says it’s a big reason why he’s Aging Well.In the Hawaii Zenyo Jujitsu Kai jujitsu school, 67-year-old Steve McLaughlin heads up a group of students- most, in their 20s and 30s. Professor, or Prof as he’s called, has been doing this for over four decades.

But don’t let his age fool you. Student Keith Wong says, “Prof can throw men half his age and twice his size.”

Mc Laughlin says he has been doing this for 42 years and he has no plans to stop. What’s the key to his Aging Well?

Exercise is one answer. “Staying physically active is the first key,” he says.

Constant learning is another. “I’m voraciously curious. I like to see how things work. Martial arts was a good way to kick that off in me. You wind up having to learn anatomy, kinesiology, physiology, metallurgy,” McLaughlin describes.

He strives to teach his students those values, too. Wong says, “Prof will affect you entire being, the way you see life.”

He’s even working towards a new career as an acupuncturist.

Wong says he’s awed by Prof’s energy and outlook. “Prof is the type of guy who just plows forward and there’s not a lot that can stop him.”

And that is McLaughlin’s version of living well.