Why lifelong learning?

Lifelong learning is one of the most effective ways to deal with change, and change is constant - change in our personal lives, change in our work lives, change in our local communities, governance, associations and organizations. The change in the iPhone alone has required constant learning and re-learning by customers. How much more important is learning that is geared towards serious enrichment or career-advancing pursuits?

One of the most influential management writers, Peter Drucker, wrote: “We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.” At DoCS, we are all about teaching people how to learn, as we provide and support the delivery of educational programs for all ages from childhood through senior adult. We offer or facilitate the offering of lifelong learning in a wide variety of formats – online, hybrid, face to face – in asynchronous and synchronous delivery modes, for credit leading to a degree or non-credit leading to a certificate, on one of the main campuses or at one of our regionally distributed higher education centers. We develop educational media to make learning more engaging. We assist in course development and we coach instructors in the most effective pedagogy to keep learning interactive and interesting.

We are committed to the support of lifelong learning in all its formats for audiences of all ages because of the many benefits that accrue to the individual and our communities. Lifelong learners are happier, healthier and live longer. Those who continue with formal education have a significant financial advantage over the course of a lifetime. And a well-educated citizenry makes for a better society for all of us. Why lifelong learning? Simply stated, because it is good for your health and good for everyone around you.

-- Dr. Richard Novak

 


 

Dr. Richard Novak is the Vice President for Continuing Studies and Distance Education at Rutgers University. To learn more, visit the Office of the Vice President