Life Long Learning in the Digital Age

The digital world has changed the way things are learnt and has created new vista for seekers of knowledge. Lifelong learning makes people keep up to date with the ever changing world. Lifelong learning helps in acquiring the skills required to survive in the competitive and challenging world. This blog explores the concept of lifelong learning.

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Image of an Old Couple trying to be lifelong learners, as seen on Pixabay website (n.d.)

In the modern world, learning is possible at any age, if a person is self-motivated and has the necessary digital skills required to access the stupendous digital information available. Free video sharing websites like YouTube, provides both auditory learners and visual learners with a variety of topics to learn from.Digital world has made networking easier making it possible to connect to a person on the other side of the world. Lifelong learning enhances personal development and self-sustainability in the competitive job market. Adult Learning Australia (n.d.) cites that digital literacy and social inclusion are strongly related. Lifelong learning provides a platform for a fulfilling life at any age and can be used for personal development or professional development (Skills You Need, n.d.).The Global Education and the Australian Curriculum help students to be lifelong learners (Global Education,n.d.).

The proposition for shaping the Australian Curriculum recognizes the right to gaining knowledge and skills which will provide lifelong learning and participation in the Australian Community (Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA],n.d. p.9). The latest Australian Curriculum for Senior Secondary classes in English describes  unit descriptions as “analysing the effects of using multimodal and digital conventions such as navigation, sound and image (ACEEN026)” which helps students to be lifelong learners.(ACARA, n.d.)

Howell (2012) cites that lifelong learning is made possible with the advancement of technology. On the other hand recent researches conducted, which analysed the motivation and obstacles to adult participation in lifelong learning in the digital age came to the conclusion that lifelong learning methods are interrupted by networked technologies. (Head, Alison J.; Van Hoeck, Michele ; Garson, Deborah S.,2015).

We cannot  trivialise the role of technological advancements in making lifelong learning accessible to a larger part of the community.  The global citizens of the digital world have more access to online learning portals which gives more convenience even for a layman, to access knowledge through multiple means.For the successful use of technology for the benefit of lifelong learning, the learner would have to gain digital fluency, so that the umpteen data available can be accessed.

Interesting Link

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877042811025237

References

Adult Learning Australia(n.d.). Life long learning. Retrieved from https://ala.asn.au/non-formal-lifelong-learning

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA],n.d. p.9..The Shape of the Australian Curriculum. Retrieved from http://www.acara.edu.au/_resources/Shape_of_the_Australian_Curriculum.pdf

Australian Curriculum (n.d.).English senior secondary curriculum.Retrieved from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/seniorsecondary/english/english/curriculum/seniorsecondary#page=2

Global Education(n.d.). Australian Curriculum. Retrieved from http://www.globaleducation.edu.au/teaching-and-learning/australian-curriculum.html

Head, Alison J.; Van Hoeck, Michele ; Garson, Deborah S.(2015). Lifelong learning in the digital age: A Content Analysis of Recent Research on Participation. First Monday. 20 .243. Retrieved from : http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v20i2.5857

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration & creativity. South Melbourne, VIC: Oxford University Press.

Pixabay.(n.d.). old couple trying to be life long learners [image].Retrieved from https://pixabay.com/en/the-old-man-mobile-couples-1451277/

Pixabay.(n.d.).continent flags and human silhouettes[image].Retrieved from https://pixabay.com/en/continents-flags-silhouettes-human-975936/

Skills you need (n.d.). Lifelong learning. Retrieved from http://www.skillsyouneed.com/learn/lifelong-learning.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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