The coronavirus outbreak has forced many schools and classes to switch how they reach learners. That has impacted revenue, naturally. But there have been benefits, according to Director Craig Hall.
“It’s safe to say that coronavirus has presented the greatest challenge that we’ve faced as a program, with our self-supporting status,” Hall said. “But it hasn’t’ slowed us down in terms of creativity or resolve. I think this whole experience will make the program smarter, stronger, and more nimble.”
The summer children’s program run by LCE, Lexplorations, was fully booked when the pandemic hit Lexington, Hall said. In a few short weeks, LCE staff reimagined Lexporations for a socially-distanced world, translating everything to an online format. While there were families that requested refunds, the camp was a success, Hall said.
Many Lexplorations teachers are also teachers in Lexington schools, he added, and they had already gotten a taste of remote learning at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. A small adult education term was offered over the summer as well, which is not something LCE has done before.
Oxford tells us what many of us already know:
Learning for professionals is an ongoing process. They work in an era of changing laws and procedures that drive their need and desire to keep their knowledge and skills up to date. Lifelong learning can benefit professionals, the organizations in which they work, and the clients they serve. This chapter explores continuing education requirements to maintain licenses of certification, as well as the desire for lifelong learning among professionals from a variety of industries. Suggestions for developing and providing learning experiences are presented. While it is evident that professionals need to continue their learning, the content areas as well as learning options are continuously being reviewed by accrediting organizations. Various ways of obtaining continuing education credits are presented as well as trends in training modalities.
Lifelong Learning is NOT just for the young.
“In academia, we often apply the term “lifelong learner” to mature or non-traditional students, but all students should reframe their higher education experience to include explorative, self-directed and self-initiated learning in order to satisfy their interests and remain engaged with learning.
Lifelong learning is self-initiated and self-directed education focused on personal development and fulfillment. Lifelong learning can be formal or informal and occurs within and outside of educational institutions. Lifelong learning happens on a daily basis, through formal education, socialization, trial and error, and/or self-initiated study, and is based on our natural interests, curiosity and personal motivations. The desire to learn must come from ourselves, not someone else. Lifelong learning is ongoing, occurring throughout one’s lifetime.”
Student Growth and Lifelong Learning: It’s Just Not for the “Mature”
Over a very short period of time, Covid-19 has helped business and education to replace and complement physical face-to-face channels by digital and online ones. This radical change also opened the way for more and better lifelong learning—via e-learning platforms.
Once again, Lifelong Learning is the silver lining in the COVID clouds…
Called “the perfect fit for OLLI,” OLLI member Diane Senerth has revived an 18th century conversation club and brought it to the 21st century for lifelong learning.
Last fall, the University of Delaware’s Wilmington-based Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) became the first OLLI program in the country to start a Ben Franklin Circle discussion group, modeled after Benjamin Franklin’s 18th century conversation club focused on civility and mutual self-improvement.
The 21st-century version was founded at New York City’s 92nd Street Y, and now boasts over 300 chapters across the U.S.
OLLI member Diane Senerth read about Ben Franklin Circles in a New Yorker article and immediately thought of her fellow lifelong learners. The Ben Franklin Circle Discussion Group at OLLI began meeting as an extracurricular activity in 2019 and continued in 2020 on its path of exploration and discussion of Ben Franklin’s 13 virtues of temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, chastity, tranquility and humility.
Read more: https://www.udel.edu/udaily/2020/july/osher-olli-ben-franklin-circle/
With school set to re-open, Community Education is moving ahead with its after-school programs, albeit at a greatly reduced capacity, at least early in the school year. How will Community Education programs look?
Here’s how in one Ohio school district:
You would think that by the time teachers retire the last thing they’d want to think about is classes. And yet teachers flock to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College both as members and as presenters. For some it’s an immediate transition – they couldn’t wait to get in. For others, after a period of rest and relaxation, they find they miss the classroom and find OLLI provides all or most of the good things with few of the pressures.
Work is changing and lifelong learning is becoming a requirement. In response, educational systems around the world will have to shift both what they teach and how they’re financed.
Work is changing and lifelong learning is becoming a requirement. In response, educational systems around the world will…
Posted by Quartz on Monday, March 2, 2020
In the United States, only about 45% of college students graduate with a full degree in four years. That leaves 55% who intended to get a degree but, at the end of a typical college term, do not have one.
The number of people holding a partial degree that grants them little in the eyes of employers is overwhelming. What’s more, by and large, we aren’t effectively enabling learners in our organizations. Every day, the skills gap grows wider and deeper. How can we reverse this trend?
The good news: Within reach is the change I believe can accelerate us into a lifelong learning model. It starts by credentialing every semester of college.
According to Forbes, it is within reach: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbeshumanresourcescouncil/2020/07/03/a-path-to-lifelong-learning-credentialing-every-semester-of-higher-education/#1a6df24e5ae1
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