Blog #6: Lifelong Learning in a Digital Age

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We often hear the word lifelong learning and can define it simply as the process of learning which is on-going. Howell (2014) suggests that it is a term well- focused on and valued especially in the education curriculum. We strive to teach our students and further develop their skills in lifelong learning to enable them to grow independently.

Lifelong Learning Council Queensland Inc. (2013) describes lifelong learning as “…a continuously supportive process which stimulates and empowers individuals to acquire all the knowledge, values, skills and understanding they will require throughout their lifetimes and to apply them with confidence, creativity and enjoyment…”.

Whether it is a student who logs on to online sites such as Khan Academy to further grasps the idea of long divisions on weekends or a stay-at-home mum who wants to learn to play a ukelele on YouTube, learning has no boundaries. The idea seems endless and technology has given us this opportunity to do so in the comfort of our homes and in our time. Therefore, it seems inevitable to teach our students to build this lifelong learning skill.

Check out this YouTube video for Ukelele lessons for beginners by Jeff Burton.

 

Reference

Burton, J. (2011). Ukelele for beginners – lesson 1 [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJTBxL-xsX4

EdTechReview(2103). What is lifelong learning?  [Image]. Retrieved from http://edtechreview.in/images/Daily/E-Learning/lifelong_learning_meaning.jpg

Howell, J. (March, 2014). iLecture: Living and Learning in the Digital World Mod 02 05 Week 8. Retrieved from http://echo.ilecture.curtin.edu.au:8080/ess/echo/presentation/b2505e94-8731-4027-a469-e157191e565b

Lifelong Learning Council Queensland Inc. (2013). What is lifelong learning? Retrieved from http://www.llcq.org.au/01_cms/details.asp?ID=12