Adult educationdistinct from child educationis a practice in which adults engage in systematic and sustained self-educating activities in order to gain new forms of knowledge, skills, attitudes, or values. In particular, adult education reflects a specific philosophy about learning and teaching based on the assumption that adults can and want to learn, that they are able and willing to take responsibility for that learning, and that the learning itself should respond to their needs. Driven by what one needs or wants to learn, the available opportunities, and the manner in which one learns, adult learning is affected by demographics, globalization and technology.
The Active Ageing Framework has been adapted as a global strategy in ageing policies, practices and research over the last decade. Lifelong learning, however, has not been fully integrated into this discourse. An analytical framework was developed based on the literature of old-age vulnerabilities and the benefits of lifelong learning.
Lifelong learning is the continuing pursuit of knowledge to build skills, explore new ideas, enhance understanding and enrich life. All state colleges and universities offer the over learner the opportunity to attend classes at no cost, but many institutions and organizations support efforts to provide an enhanced continuing education experience for older learners. A lifelong learning institute LLIor institute for learning in retirement ILRis a community-based organization of retirement-age people interested in continuing their educations beyond retirement.
Metrics details. Information and communication technologies have had an enormous impact on how we live, work, communicate, re-create, and connect with others. This research contributes to our understanding of how and why older adults leverage the Internet and social media tools to create, develop, and maintain online personal learning networks oPLNs for the purposes of self-directed knowledge acquisition, personal development, and the facilitation of healthy aging.
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Health promotion is an important activity throughout the life span. Older adults are not too old to stop smoking, start exercising, or change their diets. One of the greatest challenges is to dispel misconceptions about health promotion among older adults.
Public lectures and events are held on an ongoing basis whilst credit bearing modules provide a flexible learning option to encourage mature learners to consider a university course to retrain or upskill at a flexible pace. The Age Friendly University Initiative is developing and expanding, below are examples of opportunities and activities open to older adults at DCU. For those considering a course of study to experience university without committing to a four-year programme it is possible to undertake a single credit bearing module from a selection we offer.
To enhance learning opportunities and community engagement, Tri-C offers both on- and off-campus experiences. The learning possibilities are endless through Encore Campus Fridays and the Neighborhood Scholars programs. Encore Campus Fridays allows participants to take multiple courses for one low registration fee. Instructors include Tri-C faculty, retired educators and professionals from the arts, business, and health and wellness.
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Check the Stockton Homepage for campus wide weather-related or emergency closures. SCOSA offers a wide variety of educational opportunities for older adults. By bringing seniors to Stockton, and by "bringing Stockton to you", we hope to encourage vitality through physical, intellectual, and spiritual stimulation.