You Never Stop Learning!
There is an old saying that goes: "You never stop learning!" It expresses that even after the classical school education and the learning of a profession, learning does not end in adulthood.
While education refers to the first educational phase for learning a job, continuing education and training is followed by a deepening, broadening or updating of knowledge, skills and abilities (so-called competencies). Some occupational groups, e.g. physicians, are even obliged to complete certified continuing education courses on an ongoing basis. But also the qualification for a certain topic or a certain field of activity falls under this adult education.
The education and training industry offers a wide range of opportunities for all professions. Lifelong learning is not just a buzzword here, but encompasses learning media, courses, seminars, workshops, postgraduate studies and coaching. The classic understanding of education, according to which a teacher imparts content to learners, is becoming less and less important. The use of new media also makes learning independent of time and place. Continuing education programs can be classified by function (non-professional/professional), provider (public/private), financing (company, individual) and reasons for participation (professional, private), but can also be differentiated by content and form.
Contents of Continuing Education
General Continuing Education
These educational offerings serve to deepen the general education and the associated general knowledge and to adapt it to current, contemporary levels of knowledge.
The goal of political education is to recognize connections in political events, to teach and strengthen tolerance and critical faculties, and thus to contribute to the formation and further development of active citizenship, social participation and political involvement.
Continuing Vocational Education
Continuing vocational education is any educational process that deepens or expands existing prior vocational training. It takes the form of organized learning. It is preceded by earlier phases of education and interim employment. This also includes, for example, project management certifications. Continuing education is defined as supplementary and ongoing training in a learned profession, for example learning an additional method, or training to become a master craftsman or technician. According to this distinction
- Further education advances education beyond the previous professional focus;
- Continuing education continues education in its own subject by deepening and updating existing knowledge.
Phases Of Planning, Implementation and Follow-up Of A Training Class
No matter in which form, in which area or for which industry the education and training is offered, a well thought-out planning is necessary across the board for all. A division into individual phases is very helpful here and can be easily implemented with Merlin Project.
For the planning of a training and further education measure in adult education, the following phases are suitable and can be used:
- Development of a training concept
- Publication of training offers
- Implementation of training courses
- Follow-up - lessons learned for training concepts
But also the seminar itself can be divided into six different phases, whose function and content should be considered when selecting methods.
Phases For The Implementation Of A Seminar
The use of appropriate methods plays a decisive role in the design. In addition to the learning objectives of the training and the individual experience, their use is also subject to the group and seminar dynamics.
The warm-up phase serves to welcome the participants and to get to know each other. Initial uncertainties are overcome, a positive atmosphere is created and a further constructive course of the seminar is made possible.
While the warm-up phase provides social orientation, the transparency phase is intended to provide orientation in terms of content. Accordingly, the processes and initial content of the seminar are presented in this phase. A prepared schedule is a suitable visual support. If it becomes clear right at the beginning of the seminar that everyone present has similar expectations and that the content will be addressed, a good foundation has been laid for the thematic introduction.
Introduction To The Topic
This phase begins the introduction to the topic. After the social and content-related orientation provided by the previous phases, it is important to sensitize the participants to the learning content. The introduction to the topic thus promotes the interest of the participants in the topic, activates them and arouses their attention. This is also referred to as "mental pick-up" and thus the approach to the actual core of the seminar.
The information phase is usually the heart of any continuing education program. Concrete seminar content is conveyed - usually as input contributions frontally via laptop and projector. The intended learning objective also has an impact on the following seminar phase.
In the processing phase, participants process the knowledge they have gained themselves. This phase provides an opportunity to actively anchor what has been heard or seen by using appropriate methods, so that knowledge content can be permanently retrieved by the participant and is not forgotten.
In the cool-down phase, the most important information from the event is conveyed. The knowledge conveyed is reflected upon by the participants and the role of the lecturer is evaluated.
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