State of Continuing Education 2010

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Starting a new decade presents an opportunity to look at our past, while sharing options for the future as it relates to continuing education.  We have seen the explosion of online and distance learning, executive training and others that confirm how learning is changing.  Unsurprisingly, we are becoming over-crowded in the information age with volumes and countless sources of information.  

Yet, why does the cost of learning continue to rise?  A basic knowledge of economics suggests that the more quantities available, the lesser the price for it. For example, you can buy a dvd player now for about $100, when at one point it costs much more.  Actually, the point is not costs, but that a new commodity is emerging. 

Now, the new commodity is Time.  In fact, it is how we will ‘take our time’  that will define our continuing education. As some have suggested, this decade will be defined not by ‘what we learn’ or ‘how to learn,’ but ‘how to find the right information when we need it.’  For these reasons, the role of students and learners must adjust.  

I wonder: What if we could become ‘investors of information?’  This would mean negotiating costs for courses, instead of paying flat-tuition rates; making educators accountable by providing us a ‘prospectus’ of the information, support, and potential results from their programs.  My guess, such a change would awaken the pricing of schooling based on the needs of students, not on the needs of salaries.  Then, the best instructors will be paid according to their talents and services, and not by seniority or tenure alone.     

So, in our state of abundant information and continuing education, we have a chance to take the time to explore our options and opportunities…CARPE DIEM & LEARNLONG!


7 responses to “State of Continuing Education 2010

  1. Hey, I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog!…..I”ll be checking in on a regularly now….Keep up the good work! 🙂

    • I truly appreciate your comment! What are subjects that interests you? Maybe I can include some thoughts into the learnlongblog too.


  2. Hey, great blog…but I don’t understand how to add your site in my rss reader. Can you Help me, please 🙂

    Robert Shumake Paul Nicoletti

    • Hi Robert,
      I think I figured out the RSS feed. Come by the blog and and try it! Let me know.


  3. Wow, you really hit on something. What if?? I read a few chapters on history in a book called What If. Based on what if something did or did not happen, how it would have changed the future and or current day. I’d love to read your take on the future of Education A la carte. The what if.
    Thanks for putting a different spin on education…

    • Thanks for the comment. I am curious to know more about the book ‘What if ‘you’re reading and I am open to discuss even more about the ‘what ifs’ to education. Some of them we just might have to change for good. Take Care

      • Kecia O'Connor

        It’s called The Collected What IF? It has Essays by various people. It was Edited by Robert Cowley. Yes we can chat sometime at length.
        Have a great day!

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