Lifelong Learning

Life Long Learning

Posted on October 13, 2012. Filed under: Lifelong Learning |

lifelong learning

Lifelong learning may be broadly defined as learning that is pursued

throughout life: learning that is flexible, diverse and available

at different times and in different places.

I have to thank both of my parents for my love of learning. When my brother and I were growing up our parents took us to the library, to museums, parks, beaches, mountains and on family vacations.  They opened the door to lifelong learning. When I finished college, I thought my formal learning was over, until a colleague encouraged me to attend a reading conference in Manhattan. It was an eye opening experience and I have been attending at least one or two conferences every year. I started with local conferences because I could afford the registration fee and commuting costs. I believe there is much to be gained from attending conferences. At conferences you can:

  • Learn from others in your profession
  • Share with others your thoughts, and experiences
  • Take a break from the daily routine and tasks 
  • Reflect on what you have learned and how you might begin to use what you have learned
  • Network, network, network and meet other professionals

One of my other favorite ways of learning is through webinars. I love webinars for the reasons below:

  • You gain insight from expert presenters and strategies you can begin to use immediately.
  • Free or low registration fees
  • Many webinars are archived for viewing multiple times at your own convenience
  • Promotes relaxed learning in a comfortable environment in the comfort of your home or office
  • Live webinars allow you to interact with the instructor using the presentation software’s text chat or audio functions to ask questions, you can offer comments and share with other webinar attendees

My question for you is

ARE YOU A LIFELONG LEARNER?

Tell me how you prefer to learn.

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