The importance of lifelong learning

Help! I’m interested in a thousand different courses on the online learning platform Coursera. It all started when I read the Business Insider article ‘40 great websites where you can learn something new every day’.  I just couldn’t stop. But that’s because we’re wired for lifelong learning. But in the course of our (working) life, we tend to forget this.

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We spend our time learning from early age on until’ we graduate from high school or university. Some of us continue to learn on the job. But some don’t. And I know I can’t stand boredom, but what about others?

In (a quite old) article in Psychology Today, author and Ph.D questions if lifelong learning can help as we age and states university programs designed for older adults can help cognitive decline.

And what about the World Health Organizations referring to ‘active ageing‘? “The word “active” refers to continuing participation in social, economic, cultural, spiritual and civic affairs, not just the ability to be physically active or to participate in the labour force.”

I think lifelong learning is important and necessary for everyone. For inspiring leaders, for happy employees, for young and old.

And the numbers seem to agree, when you look at how online learning has boomed over the last few years:

*Sources:
-Business Insider: 40 great websites where you can learn something new every day: http://www.businessinsider.com/40-great-websites-where-you-can-learn-something-new-every-day-2016-3?IR=T
– Academia : http://www.academia.edu/1423799/Is_lifelong_learning_making_a_difference_Research-based_evidence_on_the_impact_of_adult_learning

 

– Psychology Today: Can lifelong learning help as we age? https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/media-spotlight/201210/can-lifelong-learning-help-we-age
-World Health Organization: Active ageing: http://www.who.int/ageing/active_ageing/en/
Check out my resources page if you want to discover more online learning platforms (Khan Academy, Creative Live, etc.)
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