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Lifelong learning and teaching

The Fromm Institute is a University within The University of San Francisco, which offers courses for retired adults over 50. In addition to a variety of classes, the institute offers students the opportunity to hold elected office to plan special events and social functions. The Institute shows how the act of learning creates opportunities for people to experience moments of accomplishment, no matter their age. The teachers are retired professors, who get an outlet to share their passions. As a bonus benefit, the Institute allows people a chance to be physically and socially active.

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How might we create more peer to peer learning platforms that do not feel like "community service"?

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Photo of Thanh Do

Love this contribution! This is also similar to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Santa Clara University and The University of Oregon. As we work in low income areas to encourage and promote a college going culture for youths, it would be great to see of any possible overlaps with life-long learning for older adults.

On another note, my aunt earned her MBA after she turned 50, and I found it so inspiring. I considered the idea of picking up a new degree every decade.

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Wow – I'm inspired by your aunt as well!

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Good question! Many of us know that teaching something new is an effective way to learn and gain proficiency. I wonder if young people would want to mentor with the goal of teaching new skills to reinforce their own learning? Skills and knowledge learned at school, college or on the job could be taught to an older person who is interested in acquiring those skills themselves.

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Glad to see a post on lifelong learning. Personally, I'm a Coursera and edX addict! Seems those platforms would also be a convenient place to establish come kind of co-learning relationship between demographically distinct age groups with a meet-up or conference type component to share experiences and knowledge.