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How Adult Learning Is Changing Today

Updated on August 10, 2015

Adult learning has been a legitimate education option for decades now. As more and more adults realize the need to continue their education in order to advance in their careers or make a change to a new career, they find themselves going back to school to make it happen.


Changing Times

In today’s world those needs are changing and, therefore, the entire concept of continuing education has had to change with them. Tighter economic times mean that many adults are working longer hours or holding down more than one job and they need to be able to tailor their education experience around their busy schedule.

Not surprisingly then, the biggest change in adult learning in recent years has been the shift from traditional brick and mortar schools to online learning. With the advent of the Internet, colleges and universities have begun to offer full course programs online, opening up literally a world of options for interested learners.

Now prospective students are no longer constrained by time or distance and can find the degree program they need that can fit into their schedule. This has made higher education a reality for many men and women in the working sector and completely changed the complexion of education in general.

Why Self-Directed Learning Is Preferred By Some Students

Self-directed learning has always been a preferred option among adult, or continuing education students. This is because, unlike first time students, these are individuals who have already accumulated real world experience and they bring this perspective with them into their education.


For this reason, sitting in standard classrooms can seem frustrating for them. They prefer an environment where they can put their experience to use and can mold what they are learning to fit their specific needs. This environment is the world of adult learning.

These are also students who don’t necessarily need to be led by hand, but are able to stand on their own two feet. Self-directed learning enables them to feel like they are participating in their own education more and that they are getting everything out of it that they need.

Locating Top Adult Schools and Adult Learning Centers

Adult schools are now a part of many established colleges and universities. There are also schools, such as the University of Phoenix, that offer online programs for adults. There is no shortage of options; it’s just a matter of finding the program that works for you.


Your Local College or University

You can begin by checking with your local college or university and seeing if they have a continuing education program. You can also run a search for adult education to find distance learning programs that offer full degrees entirely online.

Most schools that offer adult learning will also offer admissions and registration assistance and advisors to help you tailor your degree program to fit your specific needs. If you prefer something closer to home, you can search your state or county to find all of the local adult schools that are available to you.

You’re never too old to learn and there are plenty of programs out there to help you achieve your goal, whether it’s moving up the corporate ladder or finally going after that job you’ve always dreamed of. Tap into the dynamic world of adult learning today and you’ll find a whole slew of possibilities waiting for you!


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      OLDNAVY 3 years ago

      Thank you so much Paul. Yes, we're never too old to learn and that is amazing that you father took a course at 70. There is so much available online today. We can learn as much as we want at any age.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      A person is never really to old to learn. My father took a course at a county vocational school when he was 70, and I have also taken online courses. Excellent hub which I voted up as useful.