Sunday, May 11, 2014

Lifelong Learning: Its Affect On Society

Lifelong Learning: Its Affect On Society

Learning has never been restricted to the classroom; life experience educates as well, and higher education institutions are beginning to catch on.

“Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself”
-John Dewey

In the mid 1970′s, the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning established the principles of attaining credit for life experiences.

Since then the processes and practices of life experience credit has mushroomed into an extreme paradigm change in both the educational arena as well as the labor market. Colleges and Universities around the world have inculcated life experience credits into their application processes.

There is even an international organization under the auspices of the United Nations that administers practices and rules concerned with life experience credits. It is called the International Bureau of Education. Registrars in colleges and universities must take courses on how to assess life experience applications.

The biggest one of these schools is Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey. Universities like Oxford and Cambridge in England: Yale, Harvard and Columbia In the U.S. are now allowing life experience credits. The National Association of Online Academic Assessors has been created to certify individuals to assess life experience essays. Books have been published to aid the college applicant to prepare life experience essays and applications. One of these is by Barron’s, a leading publisher of school reference books. There have even been journals that specialize in life experience credit. Some of these are Lifelong Learning, Lifelong Learning in Europe, Lifelong Learning: The Adult Years and, of course, the EvoLLLution.

In the labor market more and more companies, including some in the Fortune 500 list, have been hiring employees who have either gotten degrees the old-fashioned way or through the new, but not so novel, way.
The Academic Council on Education has published a directory of companies that give courses in various subjects that can be used to attain life experience credit. The military has also been used to obtain life experience credit for essays for college applications. You can also take standardized tests to get life experience credit. Life experience credit can be attained by practically any method mode or manner possible. Adult education classes can also get you credit for literally anything from photography to xylophone playing.

The future of life experience credit practices is just beginning. And it looks very promising.