While we hear or read about people going to receive education at the age of 80 or 90, we see the truth behind the fact that there is no right time to learn. Recently, there was a news about an 85 year old woman in Africa who started with her school because she wanted to learn to read and write English. Truly inspiring!
Despite these people inspiring a number of people in the world to go and get education, there’s still a vast majority who feel embarrassed to learn after a certain age. Your parents might not be comfortable going to school at the age of 50, and sit in a class with children who are 15. However, you can help them with learning through internet.
With growing to-do list and schedule that seems to be filling every minute of your day, many adults have trouble continuing further education through traditional ways. Elearning gives a chance to adult learners who wanted to learn more or get a degree but dropped their education either because of financial, time, or family issues. Because learning is a continuous process and one should never stop learning new things, you won’t be embarrassed with online learning process.
Online learning improves your knowledge retention, as it gives ample time to an adult to learn at their own pace and place. While even a 60 year old knows how to use a smartphone, your adult family member(s) can learn through it. They can join online courses or watch videos to learn what they wish through various learning portals.
The practice of learning through online portals would fit right in their schedule. A lot of adults choose to drop their education because of responsibilities, but they can learn and gain knowledge through their smartphones, either on their way to work or before going to bed (just as it suits them).
While adults have learnt a lot many things in their lives through experiences, they might not wish to learn everything provided on the internet. You can teach your parents or grandparents to customise their learning and learn what they feel would help them. Since a lot of adult learners feel that they have nothing to do with theoretical knowledge and practical learning practices would benefit them,they can customise their learning according to their preferences.
The best part about elearning is that it would never interfere with your personal or professional life. Please tell this to your adult family member! Adult learners might think that learning at this age would hinder their personal or professional space creating time issues with their family and friends. Because they don’t need to go to a classroom and sit with a bunch of kids, their colleagues won’t look down at them and neither would their family would suffer time issues because they can learn it with them and they surely would understand.
With the popular notion that there is no age to learn, you should continue learning through people and technology if school or college is not your first choice!