You never know in life where you will find an opportunity to find a burning answer to your questions about taking the next step in your education.
I was a bright, retired military with around 30 college credits garnered during a career in the military. My two kids were going off to college, and at 44 years, I debated whether I too should go back to university. But, there were questions and doubts about how I would be accepted, whether I could handle a full-time schedule, and work too, or whether I could make more money by trying to start a new career as a salesman or go into real estate.
One day I picked up an elderly woman in my taxicab, and during a rather long fare, she told me about her life. She revealed that she never graduated from high school, which was common in her day and age and raised a couple of children of her own. But one day, when she was in her 70’s, her husband had recently passed away, she wrote Oxford University in England and informed them that she was a life-long reader all her life and that she would make an excellent student.
Not only did Oxford accept her, but after graduation, she teamed up with one of her daughter’s to become a screenwriter for romantic, Hallmark-type movies, and at the present time, she had written three successful, made for television movies.
This 80-year-old woman wiped away all my personal arguments against returning to university, and four years later I walked away with a Bachelor’s degree in education and a new career.
Learning is a life-long arc, no longer a short-term goal.
A recent survey by an online college revealed that over thirteen million, or roughly
60 percent of all students, are now older, non-traditional students. Many already have a college degree, but they go back to school because they have either been downsized or seek a career that offers both monetary and job security.
It is not only individuals that seek to retool their education skills but businesses themselves. Companies regularly send their workers to computer seminars, sales seminars, and high-tech information seminars to keep a competitive edge in a constantly changing economy
E-learning via computer is perhaps the latest and greatest trend in education, but although it is extremely popular, particularly with older students returning to school, educator’s and education institutions themselves are often conflicted as to just much, to use a poker term, they are willing to go “all in” on E-learning. An article in the New York Times reveals several of the potential pitfalls of online education.
Such institutions and businesses often need advice about how to set-up, manage and evaluate a successful E-learning program, and as a result, frequently hire E-learning professionals like the Janison learning management system that also has offices in the Philipines, Vietnam, and Singapore.
A matter of motivation
Perhaps the biggest factor in E-learning is motivation. An 18-year-old, may not have the temperament and the life skills to learn computer programs, set aside study time, and to properly self-asses their grammar and writing skills. Whereas a 40-year old, already having a degree will more than likely be just as successful, perhaps even more so, than his younger cohort in a physical classroom.
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