Author: Jeff Cobb
Lifelong learning used to be something like exploring new things while you're retired, learning skills you didn't have time to indulge in while you were busy with a career and raising a family. While this form of lifelong learning still exists, when people talk about lifelong learning now, they mean in order to remain relevant and up-to-date in today's world, whether at work or at home, people need to be continuously learning relevant skills and absorbing new information.
The Internet has become a source of so many opportunities for learning. Of course, the Internet is also full of junk, and that is what make is ever more essential for people to develop meta-learning skills, to LEARN HOW TO LEARN. I hope I'll cover a book that talks about this because that's not what this book is about.
This book is meant for people perhaps like myself who are interested in helping others learn. It's a "how to become a successful provider of lifelong learning services," therefore from the perspective of the provider and not that of the learner. I've found it most useful in helping me understand trends in the market for lifelong education.
From a KM perspective, the market for KM education is small and would be very difficult to penetrate. The main providers have established such a strong hold that the best approach, if I wanted to be a player in that market, would be to try to join them rather than compete. I'd rather work the academic angle and perhaps try to teach a class or to in a local university (or something online).
I also tried Skillshare and didn't find it to be a useful avenue for my materials -- though I learned a great deal in the process of developing two classes for that platform.
- Identify three local academic programs and 2 online academic programs that could be interested in a lecture, series of lectures, practical activity or complete course. Develop a plan for reaching out to them with a specific proposal.