Our parents instilled in us a passion for lifelong learning; one of our fathers was particularly proud of his accomplishment of attending over one hundred Elder Hostel / Road Scholar programs.
Many experts believe that the emergence of digital education will be disruptive to higher learning.
The emergence of “massive online open courses” or “MOOC” has made extraordinary course content available to everyone .. everywhere … at no charge to the learners … at least for now.
MOOC’s can be a powerful resource for both lifelong learners and organizations committed to facilitating lifelong learning. We recommend that every lifelong learner book mark the Coursera (www.coursera.com) and EDx (www.edx.org) websites. Coursera is a venture backed company co-founded by professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng of Stanford and includes over 100 participating higher learning institutions including Stanford, Princeton, University of Michigan and University of Pennsylvania. EDx is a non-profit founded by Harvard, MIT and University of California at Berkeley with over 50 participating higher learning institutions.
Current and upcoming courses that may be of interest to lifelong learners include:
Improving Global Health: Focusing on Quality and Safety
The Divine Comedy: Dante's Journey to Freedom
Georgetown (3 separate sessions) (edX)
Recovering the Humankind Past and Saving the Universal Heritage
Sapienza, University of Rome (Coursera)
We are working our way up the learning curve in figuring out how to best bring this resource to lifelong learners. Candidate formats include:
* Hosting sessions within senior communities with industry professionals serving in the role of session facilitators
* Hosting sessions within alumni communities with either alumni or current university students serving in the role of facilitators
* Facilitating the formation of “book club” type communities
Please contact us if you are interested is joining us in exploring how to make these wonderful resources play a role in meeting the desires and objectives of lifelong learners.