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Importance of Adult Learning and Relevance of Continuing Education in Modern Times

Updated on February 15, 2016

Adult Education Is Now Easier!

It is often said that it is never too late to further one’s educational skills, especially if you are seeking better employment, or wanting to increase your current salary. A number of people seem to think that once they leave higher education institutions, there is no need to enhance and improve on what they have learned. However, as is the case with most employment sectors, employers are looking out for the best, and the only way to ensure that you rank highly is to further your skills. Adult education especially online adult education is quickly becoming a norm.

The popularity of adult education online training is that it gives an individual the much needed freedom to learn and improve on their skills, while still keeping up with their daily activities and demands of the family/employer. Adult educational training has also proved to be quite popular with adults who have had to drop out of school early on due to lack of fees, or for those who have had to work, but still have a desire to finish their education. This give new opportunities to those that missed them in less flexible or affluent times.

Adult learning is also favored by a number of learning institutions as well as professional lecturers as it brings the lectures, courses, as well as the learning videos closer to individuals who may not be able to directly or physically access such information. Bridging such educational barriers enables a large number of individuals to access vital information which is used to further their skills. In fact, many universities now offer their actual courses for free online, just without the end qualification. This allows people of all wealth levels to gain access to vital information and education.

Another benefit online adult learning, and what is perhaps the most attractive feature of this form of education, is its cost-effectiveness. College and university campus education can be quite expensive! However, with online courseware now available, the costs associated with learning via the internet has made adult education online considerably less expensive than that of attending a 'brick and mortar' university. Consequently, being online also means that the educational courses are more widely available, reaching out to thousands (or even millions) of individuals who are seeking such opportunities.

The search for adult learning institutions is quite easy. In fact, as all the learning can be performed via the internet, what you will normally need is a reasonable computer, an active internet connection and a quite place to study. The university will normally provide all of the books, materials and software that you will require (this is also normally included within the course price, so that you don't get any hidden costs).

A point to note though is that not all online institutions offer the same courses. Hence, to find what you are looking for, you may have to search for the right institutions that offer all the courses you require, preferable before making your final decision and paying. Some of the great institutions to start your search for online education are: About U,, and the Essex adult education website (as I'm from Essex ... yea I know, no need for the jokes! heard them all before lol).

Wherever or whenever you decide to pursue your education, remember that we never stop learning, so don't abandon your personal development throughout life. Although qualifications cost money, education can open up new doors and provide you with the freedom to do a job that you enjoy, or to travel the world (even the free courses, if you can prove your knowledge). Breaks to recuperate throughout life are required, as we all need to rest sometimes, but personally I will never stop studying, as both the knowledge and the diplomas really do help to provide many opportunities in life.

More information can be found online and there is also a lot of educational material available for free on YouTube. The Open University even has its own channel, so if you are thinking of taking the plunge and furthering your education.

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      Sorry, predictive text ... obviously should have been lives, not loves! ha ha

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      Hi Olarewaju,

      With the internet, adults can contribute to and continue education throughout their loves, if they wish to do so.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      Olarewaju tosin 4 years ago

      Is there any limitation to adult education in the world

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      Stacy Harris 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Continued education is very important. As an adult, I have done a variety of online and in the classroom type courses. For me it depends on the topic which I prefer, but I have to admit, the online courses seem much more difficult and lot more intensive. I am going to go back to school later this year to finish up my degree. So, I have a lot to think of. Thanks for sharing! It doesn't matter how old we get, we should never stop learning!

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      Dennis Thorgesen 5 years ago from Central United States

      The sad truth is just about no matter what you do, if you want to do better you have to spend time learning. Then just when you think you have nothing new to learn something comes along which is not yet known.

      Mentoring online college students has kept me up to date, I have to know what is new or how will my mentoring be of value. It is amazing how many courses have new information from semester to semester. I will never stop learning until my brain no longer functions.

      Voted up, interesting and SHARING on twitter. I think there are a few there who haven't been keeping up to date but not sure.

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      As part of my profession I cannot do without continuing education.

      Thanks for SHARING a wonderful hub.

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      L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Online learning provides a lot of benefits, that's for certain. People looking to take online course work related to their jobs should be sure to check with their employers to see if partial or total reimbursement is provided by the company.

      Voted up and SHARED.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Computers definitely make it easier to do so many things when time permits us to do them. Adult education may also be good at putting off such things as Alzheimer's also. Keeping the mind active is very important.


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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Thanks for the comment guys. I agree completely, it really helps with both self esteem and career opportunities!

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      Taleb AlDris 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this hub.

      I Subscribed for About U.

      I have a hub " Don't be in Hurry & don't stop" speck about this matter.

      Feel free to read it.

      I voted useful & shared.

      happy life

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      MelissaVsWorld 5 years ago from Here, There, and Everywhere. USA

      This is a wonderful Hub. I agree that adult education is very important, not just for the purpose of getting ahead in a career but for self-worth as well. Voting Up +Useful +Interested. SHARED via Twitter, FB, With Readers here and on WP Site with credit given.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Hi Alocsin, yea the dvds and online videos make a big difference. Not only for convenience, but you can repeat a section as much as you need to :-).

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Not to mention all the DVDs and software available to help with adult learning. I take frequent advantage of all these things to further my knowledge. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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